Kentucky Census Worker Committed Suicide, Say Investigators

November 25, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The disturbing discovery of part-time census worker and substitute teacher Bill Sparkman’s, nude, bound and hanged body in an isolated area of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural Kentucky, drew national attention. The 51-year-old was found with the word “fed” scrawled across his chest with a felt-tip marker and speculation ensued that his death was due to anti-federal sentiment.

Now, authorities say they have completed their investigation of Sparkman’s death and have determined that he took his own life, purposely staging the scene to point to murder, so his family could collect on his life insurance policies.

Sparkman’s body was found by a passerby on Sept. 12, gagged, with his hands and feet bound with duct tape and a noose loosely coiled around his neck. Authorities say, Sparkman died at the scene by asphyxiation. The bounds on his hands were loose enough to allow the census worker sufficient mobility to manipulate the rope tied to a tree. Authorities also believes he wrote the word “fed” on his chest from the bottom up.

Before his death, Sparkman also purchased two life insurance policies, totaling $600,000, that would not pay out for suicide.

The investigation led to witnesses confirming that Sparkman spoke of ending his life. And he was also aware of the anti-government sentiment existing in rural Kentucky.

Census Bureau spokesman Stephen Buckner said, “The death of our co-worker, William Sparkman, was a tragedy and remains a loss for the Census Bureau family,” Buckner said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Sparkman’s friend and co-worker Gilbert Acciardo, a former state trooper who worked with Sparkman in the local school system, at first, questioned the idea that Sparkman could have taken his own life. But in light of the new details released by investigators, he now accepts the results of the investigation.

Sparkman left behind his son Josh Sparkman, who is in his early 20s and an elderly mother, Henrie Sparkman.


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