Update on killed census worker

This is starting to sound weirder.  One of the people who discovered the body of Bill Sparkman has gone public with what he saw at the scene:

A part-time census worker found hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery was naked, gagged and had his hands and feet bound with duct tape, said an Ohio man who discovered the body two weeks ago.

Authorities have also said the word “fed” was scrawled with a felt-tip pen across 51-year-old Bill Sparkman’s chest, but they have released very few details about the case and said investigators have not determined if it was a homicide, suicide or an accident.  […]

Jerry Weaver of Fairfield, Ohio, told The Associated Press on Friday that he was among a group of relatives who made the gruesome discovery on Sept. 12.

“The only thing he had on was a pair of socks,” Weaver said. “And they had duct-taped his hands, his wrists. He had duct tape over his eyes, and they gagged him with a red rag or something.”

“And they even had duct tape around his neck. And they had like his identification tag on his neck. They had it duct-taped to the side of his neck, on the right side, almost on his right shoulder.”

Definitely murder — the “why” remains to be seen, but I’m less convinced than ever that this might have been a drug-related murder.

26 Responses to “Update on killed census worker”


  1. 1 Cody Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I bet it was one of those crazies from the Tea Party protests.

  2. 2 JJ Friday, September 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Cody – Hard to say. It’s certainly looking like this was a ‘message’ killing, and it had something to do with his job. So it’s quite possible that it could have been some far-right whackaloon who’s had his head filled with the scare stories about the census and just went off on this poor guy.

    The most frightening thing is that government employees are so hated that this could even be a possibility. If this crime had happened a year ago, we would not be wondering if he could have been killed because of his job.

    Something rotten is happening in that country.

  3. 3 Toe Friday, September 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Um the ‘authorities’ can surely rule out suicide and accident, no? In rural Kentucky.

  4. 4 Cody Friday, September 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    When they catch the people that did this, I guarantee it will some crazy right wing/sovereign citizen/patriot movement wing nut who had just finished watching Glenn Beck and decided to blow off some steam.

    It’s scary place down there right now.

  5. 6 Frank Frink Friday, September 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    JJ, I tend to strongly agree that people involved in the drug trade don’t usually like to draw attention to themselves or their operations.

    Been thinking about it a bit more and have to consider a couple points.

    1) Meth lab operators, meth traffickers and right-wing extremists are not necessarily quite clearly distinct groups. Wasilla, ‘meth capital of Alaska’ comes quickly to mind.

    2) Kentucky is a very strong red state and… see point #1.

    Shall we refresh our memory about meth and right-wing extremist plots? Yes.

  6. 7 Lise Friday, September 25, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    The last thing a drug op would want to do is bring national attention and the FBI down on them — they’d hide the damn body. Duct-taped, naked, and named, hanged from a tree?? is a MESSAGE. And really, a census worker? I can’t see druggies going after him, he’s not a cop! That’s my opinion anyway. As nuts as it is, the conspiracy types who think the census workers are trying to put them in internment camps fit the M.O.

  7. 8 Yeah Right Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Cody you are an absolute IDIOT!!!

    Better turn your head towards your ‘messiah’ since he is known for pulling crap like this. His liberal buddies do this all the time and then try to blame as you say ‘crazy right wing/sovereign citizen/patriot movement wing nut’.

    I am sick of moronic racists like you who worship the ground that liberal fascist scumbag walks….and just think I can’t say this because to you I am a ‘crazy right wing/sovereign citizen/patriot movement wing nut’. But you are wrong…I am an American who has done more for his country than you would ever think to do!

    Go crawl back under your rock you scum loving moronic racist piece of dung!!!

  8. 9 Dr. Prole Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Yeah you’re a real shining example of the “civil right”, YR. You kinda prove Cody’s point.

    His liberal buddies do this all the time and then try to blame as you say ‘crazy right wing/sovereign citizen/patriot movement wing nut’.

    Oh, you mean like the girl who carved the backwards “B” into her face and said she got mugged by a black dude during the campaign to make Obama look bad?

    Believe me, bud. If Obama was half the fascist you imagine he is in your misinformed and delusional mind, you’d be teabagging in one of the imaginary FEMA concentration camps already with the rest of your troglodyte friends. Or troops would have been called in and shot your ass at the teabagging party. But no, you’re still eating Cheetos in your mom’s basement, freely typing treasonous statements about our legally elected president. You should really learn what words mean before you go throwing them around.

  9. 10 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Toe

    Um the ‘authorities’ can surely rule out suicide and accident, no? In rural Kentucky.

    Not til the autopsy report is done.

  10. 11 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Cody – We’ll see, I guess. I still wouldn’t rule out meth cookers — the two theories aren’t mutually-exclusive, and in fact, there could well be some overlap. Meth cookers all cranked up on crystal and all fired up on anti-government propaganda…? :shock:

    The truth is, we won’t know until the FBI tells us. I agree, it certainly *looks* like someone wanted to send an anti-government message, but it’s all conjecture for now.

  11. 12 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Dr.Prole – Thanks for the link, that is very interesting.

  12. 13 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:21 am

    FF

    Meth lab operators, meth traffickers and right-wing extremists are not necessarily quite clearly distinct groups.

    Yah, as I pointed out to Cody above, there could be some overlap. Take some drug-crazed meth cookers out in the hills… who already hate the government (that area has a long history with independent entrepreneurs and “revenooers”)… and have been listening to all this anti-government propaganda that’s been flying around… they might well feel that their time has finally come, and the rest of the country is finally seeing things their way.

    That plot to assassinate Obama is a case in point.

  13. 14 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Lise

    The last thing a drug op would want to do is bring national attention and the FBI down on them — they’d hide the damn body.

    That was my initial feeling too — no drug professional would do this, they’d just disappear the guy.

    However, as mentioned above, there could be some overlap. A lot of these meth cookers might also be militia types, as per the links that Frank Frink provided to the story about the right-wing extremists who were plotting to kill Obama.

    Whatever the details are, there’s no doubt this was done to send some kind of message, and probably an anti-government one. Whether it was because the killers mistook him for an ATF agent or revenuer, or whether they really were all cranked up over the census propaganda propagated by Beck, Bachmann et al, remains to be seen.

  14. 15 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Yeah Right – When you use ridiculously contradictory terms like “liberal fascist” and cite paranoid conspiracy theories about someone you call “the messiah” (try “democratically-elected President”), you discredit any idea you might be trying to get across.

    Just sayin’.

  15. 16 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Dr.Prole – Is it possible that this one’s even more brain-damaged than Jasper?

    Gee, I’m starting to miss Bob. He was a way better conservative troll than these guys. At least he tried to be *nice* :lol:

  16. 17 Chet Scoville Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Go crawl back under your rock you scum loving moronic racist piece of dung!!!

    Well, I for one am thoroughly convinced by such civilized eloquence, reason, and insight. I don’t know what everyone else’s problem is.

    [/snark]

  17. 18 Frank Frink Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Lise, you might have misunderstood me. I don’t believe these are necessarily meth cookers or met lab operators but I would be very less than surprised if the perps turn out to be right-wing nutjobs and meth heads (i.e. users)

  18. 19 Frank Frink Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Lise, you might have misunderstood me. I don’t believe these are necessarily meth cookers or meth lab operators but I would be very less than surprised if the perps turn out to be right-wing nutjobs and meth heads (i.e. users)

  19. 20 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Chet

    Go crawl back under your rock you scum loving moronic racist piece of dung!!!

    Well, I for one am thoroughly convinced by such civilized eloquence, reason, and insight. I don’t know what everyone else’s problem is.

    [/snark]

    He had me at scum-loving.

  20. 21 NoName Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Better turn your head towards your ‘messiah’ since he is known for pulling crap like this. His liberal buddies do this all the time and then try to blame as you say ‘crazy right wing/sovereigncitizen/patriot movement wing nut’.

    Oh really show me some concrete proof of Obama and his Liberal “buddies” hanging someone LOL.

  21. 22 Bina Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Yeah Right + NoName = same fuckass.

    Show us your own “concrete proof”, fuckass.

  22. 23 Bina Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Oops, waitasecond…someone blooped. Me. (facepalm)

    Italics–they would help a lot, no?

    Meanwhile, fuckass called Yeah Right–support your statements.

    NoName, please accept my humble apologies.

  23. 24 avid reader Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    It sounds like someone talked their way into Mr. Sparkman’s truck asking for a ride and offering help with his job by giving him referrals and information. With all due respect, this sounds like a bondage scene – Mummification was used, a lot of unnecessary restraining and basically the idea was to humiliate a submissive, kind, gentle, civilized person. But the person abused was a man. The hanging could have been the “breath control” freaky crap that these perverts do, and his feet on the ground mean nothing except that the body’s weight might have brought his feet down.

    This was a sick, perverted S & M crime. Going to the nearest city’s bondage clubs, I bet they’d find what they are looking for.

  24. 25 JJ Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    avid reader – I was just about to post something about this, not that there’s been any breakthroughs in the case, but they’re saying now that they’re close to being finished.

    Where did you read about mummification? The body was apparently in such bad condition that it couldn’t be restored enough for viewing by the family — the cops told them to just cremate it — but I hadn’t heard anything about mummification.

    You really think it was a S&M crime, and nothing to do with the government? In a way, I almost hope so, because that means it’s a one-off.

    That poor, poor man. Life sucks sometimes.


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