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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Census worker found hanged in KY national forest


With the word "Fed" written on (or possibly carved into) his chest. The victim is a man named Bill Sparkman, 51, who worked for Census and was a substitute teacher. (He was also an Eagle Scout, his mother told the AP.) I hope they catch whoever did this -- it's a federal crime to murder a federal worker, and there's a fear that he was murdered specifically because of his job. From a colleague:

"He was such an innocent person," Acciardo said. "I hate to say that he was naive, but he saw the world as all good, and there's a lot of bad in the world."

In this undated 2008 photo, Bill Sparkman speaks to a 7th grade class during a lesson about sound waves. A law enforcement official says Sparkman, a U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery, had the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment. (AP Photo/The Times-Tribune)


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