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Breaking News: Police: Kentucky census worker committed suicide, staged scene

This just in from CNN…( will publish an editorial about this finding tomorrow morning):

(CNN) — A Kentucky census worker who was found dead in September committed suicide and staged the scene to look like a homicide, authorities said Tuesday.

The body of William E. Sparkman Jr., 51, was found September 12 near a cemetery in southeastern Kentucky’s Clay County.

He had a rope around his neck that was tied to a tree, but his body was touching the ground, authorities said. He had “Fed” written on his chest in black ink, Kentucky State Police said Tuesday, but forensic analysis showed he wrote it himself with a felt pen.

“Analysis of the evidence determined Mr. Sparkman’s death was self-inflicted,” police said in a statement.

“A thorough examination of evidence from the scene, to include DNA testing, as well as examination of his vehicle and his residence resulted in the determination that Mr. Sparkman, alone, handled the key pieces of evidence with no indications of any other persons involved.”

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4 Responses to “Breaking News: Police: Kentucky census worker committed suicide, staged scene”

  1. Dairyland CL Says:

    Let me see – FBI, US Forest Service, US Bureau of the Census – same checkbook.

  2. Cynthia Says:

    That makes no sense. What indications were there that this person would do something so totally off the wall? Nothing I read about him at the time of this incident indicated that type of possibility, instead the focus was on the number of potential problems he might encounter in the area he was working, due to a lot of misdirected hatred.

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