BREAKING NEWS: Census Worker Found Hanged In Kentucky With Word ‘Fed’ Scrawled On Chest, Triggering Extremist Fears

The Associated Press is reporting that the FBI and Kentucky State Police are investigating the hanging death of a man who worked for the U.S. Census Bureau.

William “Bill” Sparkman, 51, was found hanging in an isolated section of Daniel Boone National Forest. The word “fed” was scrawled on his chest, the news service reported.

Authorities are trying to determine if an extremist element played any role in the death, which is being investigated as a homicide.

Read the AP’s breaking story on the death of Bill Sparkman, a cancer survivor who also worked as a school teacher, in addition to his part-time job with the Census Bureau..

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3 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Census Worker Found Hanged In Kentucky With Word ‘Fed’ Scrawled On Chest, Triggering Extremist Fears”

  1. This is horrible.

    The stereotype of Deliverance is alive and well in at least one person’s mind.

    Broaden it out a bit, stop before you murder someone doing their job, and you have the pro se filers mentality.

    Yuck.

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  2. The Washington Post is reporting that law enforcement is taking this case very seriously, that federal employees routinely are threatened, including federal judges.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/09/eye_opener_census_worker_hange.html?hpid=moreheadlines

    Meanwhile, NPR, citing a report from WHAS Radio, is reporting that Sparkman had been warned by a retired state trooper to be “careful in rural Clay County because some people there aren’t fond of anyone from the federal government.”

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/09/report_census_worker_in_kentuc.html

    It still has not been established that Sparkman was targeted because of his federal employment. There also has been at least one suggestion that drug dealers grow pot and have meth labs in the woods.

    Nothing firm yet, but the story naturally is leading to disturbing questions.

    Patrick

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  3. Some readers way wish to revisit our coverage of three Pittsburgh police officers slain in April, allegedly by a man who held extremist views, including a belief that FEMA was getting into the concentration-camp business.

    http://patrickpretty.com/2009/04/07/update-pittsburgh-police-officers-killed-on-saturday-shooter-held-extremist-views-believed-fema-concentration-camp-conspiracy-theory/

    Patrick

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