There's media speculation from msn that he was killed for political reasons. That enough for you to at least concede it was a possibility?The circumstances of his death have given rise to speculation in the US media that Sparkman was killed because of his connection to the federal government at a time of rising dissent against what some see as Washington meddling in people's daily lives.
Some reporters have also theorised that Sparkman's work for the Census Bureau - which is a federal government agency - linked him in the minds of his killers in conservative, mainly white rural Kentucky with President Barack Obama, the first black US president.
US police probe 'Fed' worker death
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AP Exclusive: Son sure Ky. census taker was slain
By JEFFREY McMURRAY (AP) – 6 hours ago
LONDON, Ky. — Josh Sparkman lost the only family he ever really had when his census worker father was found hanging from a tree in rural Kentucky, his feet and hands duct-taped and the word "fed" scrawled on his chest.
Now the 19-year-old wants answers from investigators who will not even confirm Bill Sparkman was slain more than two weeks after his body was found.
"I look at it as disrespectful to be still throwing suicide and accident around," Josh Sparkman told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday. "He didn't do this to himself. That's dishonorable. My dad was a good man. No person on this planet is going to fight cancer like he did, then turn around and kill himself a year or so later."
The Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Son sure Ky. census taker was slain
I have nothing but sympathy for the son, whatever happened to his father.
I also must stress, very, very firmly that if his father died as I guess in an accident, this does not detract from his accomplishments, value to his community, love for his family or anything else admirable about him on iota.
We all have things in our private lives that we'd not want generally known. I suspect that most of us have secrets we'd consider dying to protect.
This class of activities that I suspect the gentleman was engaged in are dangerous, and very hard for survivors to understand if the secret is revealed through death. I read somewhere years ago, that the first reaction of survivors is often to prefer to believe that the death was a murder or even a suicide rather than an accident of this sort.
I don't want anyone to think that my guess as to the cause of death in any way condemns the victim, even if true. At most, I condemn the rush of many people in the media, other forums and some blogs to categorize this automatically as a political murder. It may be, but the evidence is far from complete.
Does anyone know, by the way, if the FBI has taken over the investigation, as I expect they would if the investigators believe it to be a political murder of a federal employee?
Last edited by Oftencold; 09-29-09 at 11:06 PM.
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Probability means nothing.The guy probably stumbled upon some drug producers who didn't want him exposing or compromising their operation. Rabid anti-government sentiment in certain parts of Appalachia has predated the existence of any tea-parties or conservative marches on Washington. Occam’s razor points to this.
Last edited by Hatuey; 09-29-09 at 11:59 PM.
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I suspect, strongly, that he died of autoerotic suffocation. The scene, from what descriptions have leaked out, sounds like a classic example:
- clothes off, but not socks as though someone were concerned for his comfort
- clothes nearby in waiting vehicle that may have been his
- bondage elements, including tape around neck which may have been to protect the neck from injury
- feet in contact with the ground
- no reports of signs of violence other than the hanging itself
As I say, this is my guess, and I strongly suspect that it's correct, if for no other reason than the obvious reluctance of the authorities to declare the incident a homicide. It seems obvious that they no something we don't.
The main argument against my supposition from the supposed facts that have leaked or been released is that his hands were reportedly bound. However, people involved in bondage often find ingenious ways to simulate bound hands.
So, we'll have to wait for a proper verdict.
Last edited by Oftencold; 09-30-09 at 12:04 AM.
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