Is It A Crime?

Census Worker Hanged With “Fed” Scrawled On Chest

In a case of it’s always funny until someone gets killed we have the odd case of one Bill Sparkman, a teacher and part-time census worker in rural Clay County, Kentucky. He was found, dead, of apparent homicide on Sept. 12 in a remote part of Daniel Boone National Forest, hanging from a tree. The word “fed” was written on his chest. His truck and computer were found nearby. He’d been doing door-to-door interviews when the incident happened so all door-to-door interviews in the county have been suspended. The FBI is investigating the death.

More after the jump.

From the Associated Press:

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the death was a killing or a suicide, and if a killing, whether the motive was related to his government job or to anti-government sentiment.

Investigators have said little about the case. The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, said Wednesday the man was found hanging from a tree and the word “fed” was written on the dead man’s chest. The official did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word.

FBI spokesman David Beyer said the bureau is helping state police with the case.

“Our job is to determine if there was foul play involved – and that’s part of the investigation – and if there was foul play involved, whether that is related to his employment as a census worker,” said Beyer.

As horrible as this incident is I sincerely hope it isn’t what I think it is and part of some new wave of anti-government fueled violence. Time will tell what’s the reality in this case, but if that’s the reality this story is doubly disturbing and disheartening.

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13 thoughts on “Census Worker Hanged With “Fed” Scrawled On Chest

  1. Considering this guys story – being a single parent who recently beat cancer all while being able to graduate from college at the age of 47 – this is a very, very sad ending.

  2. David Wise says:

    Maybe I’m cynical. I just suspected something fishy about this story. It’s really bizarre to say the least. My condolences to his family.

  3. cinco says:

    No reason for this to have happen. Sometimes you’re just at the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong job. This world is overflowing with nutjobs…

  4. Charm Brown says:

    The authorities are trying to figure out it its accident, suicide, or a murder? Really?! So did he accidently write fed on himself then commit suicide? As someone who works with cancer patients and has a mother who recently won her battle with cancer, I can honestly say that cancer patients who survive DO NOT want to commit suicide. Im putting my money on murder. God be with this man’s family…

  5. Scott says:

    Why not let investigators do their job and figure out what happened? If you really want to solve a case you can’t assume anything.

  6. There’s more:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jbzG_BlkG2Hfc818EPRRn1bBlP6gD9AUTE6G0Weaver said he was in rural Clay County, Ky., for a family reunion and was visiting some family graves at the cemetery on Sept. 12 along with his wife and daughter when they saw the body."The only thing he had on was a pair of socks," Weaver said. "And they had duct-taped his hands, his wrists. He had duct tape over his eyes, and they gagged him with a red rag or something.""And they even had duct tape around his neck," Weaver said. "And they had like his identification tag on his neck. They had it duct-taped to the side of his neck, on the right side, almost on his right shoulder."Both of the people briefed on the investigation confirmed that Sparkman’s Census Bureau ID was found taped to his head and shoulder area. Weaver said he couldn’t tell if the tag was a Census ID because he didn’t get close enough to read it. He could see writing on Sparkman’s chest, but could not read that it said "fed."Authorities have said the word was scrawled with a felt-tip pen.Weaver, who works for a family topsoil business in Fairfield, said the body was about 50 yards from a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. He said Sparkman’s clothes were in the bed of the truck."His tailgate was down," Weaver said. "I thought he could have been killed somewhere else and brought there and hanged up for display, or they actually could have killed him right there. It was a bad, bad scene.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A friend of mine attended a townhall meeting on health care in Santa Clarita on Saturday morning, and she said it was intensely evil, that watching it on CNN did not capture the intensity of actually being there.

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