Kentucky Census Worker's Death Was A Suicide, Police Say - The Two-Way - Breaking News, Analysis Blog : NPRThe Kentucky census worker who was found hanging from a tree with the word "fed" written on his chest was not the victim of foul play, authorities announced today.
Instead, they believe 51-year-old Bill Sparkman killed himself and set up the scene so that it would appear he'd been murdered. Sparkman apparently hoped his son would then be able to collect on a life insurance policy.
According to the Associated Press, a news release from Kentucky State Police says investigators believe Sparkman acted alone in setting the scene. They also say he had recently taken out two life insurance policies.
Is it foolish of me to hope that this might keep people from jumping to conclusions so quickly in the future?