Police: US Census worker died of asphyxiation

MANCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say a U.S. Census
worker found dead near an eastern Kentucky cemetery died of

The body of 51-year-old William E. Sparkman was found in rural
Clay County on Sept. 12. State police said in a statement Thursday
that Sparkman was found with a rope around his neck that was tied
to a tree, but that his body "was in contact with the ground."

A law enforcement source previously told The Associated Press
that he was found with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest. The
FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government

State police have not yet been able to determine whether the
death was a homicide or suicide.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Ceci Location: Midwest on Nov 5, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    This is obviously murder.
  • by Jack Location: London on Sep 28, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    Hey Mich098 from Texas. Maybe the killer has been listening to Bill Ayers and his theory to blow up federal buildings and destroy public property no matter who you hurt. Good old Bill help kill a cop in NY and got away with it. Is he one of those right wingers you talk about that clings to his bomb making materials??? Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and The Pentagon in 1972. Much of the controversy about Ayers during the decade since 2000 stems from an interview he gave to The New York Times on the occasion of the memoir's publication . The reporter quoted him as saying "I don't regret setting bombs" and "I feel we didn't do enough", and, when asked if he would "do it all again," as saying "I don't want to discount the possibility." Good Old Billy Ayers, right wing conspirator. Think about it!!!
  • by Abby Location: Berea, KY on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    This is a horrible thing that has happened. My heart goes out to this man and his family. I hate that something like this has yet again happened in Manchester. I hate that the people from Manchester are always labeled as uneducated hillbillies or druggies. I was born and raised there, and I have a four-year college degree, and a full time professional career. So no, not everyone is a doped up idiot like some people there. There are lots of good, honest people who live there, and it's a shame we are all labeled a certain way because of how SOME people choose to live their lives. Bad things happen everywhere, not just in Manchester.
  • by Aomeone who wishes that people would grow up Location: Hyden Ky on Sep 25, 2009 at 03:50 PM
    This was a hooriable way to die, didn't the person or people who did this crime think about his family, I wish that the who ever done this get caught and get what they have coming. The world is not safe anymore, what did he do to deserve this nothing you took the lay into your own hand wake up people and smell the roses life does not revolve around you. God put us here for a reason and that is not to go and kill in cold blood that was stupid and wrong. I will keep in prayers that they will catch who one this to him and this is to the family may god keep you all safe and may he let the police find who done this to him Lord keep his family safe.
  • by chad on Sep 25, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    I bet when they find out what happened. they will find that this poor guy happened up on someones pot pacth, moonshine steel, or meth lab. after all this did happen in East KY.
  • by JR Location: TN on Sep 25, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    Way to go, Mich098, talk about "hate-mongering"...you fit the bill with your bigoted words..
  • by Mt Child Location: E, Ky on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    Excuse me, but yes, someone knows the truth, the people or person that committed this crime! There is NO EXCUSE, for taking any other HUMANS LIFE! Don't use the news, radio or Gov for an Excuse either, are you so uncivilized or UN-evolved that you (CAN), find a reason for such a crime to be committed? Who ever committed this crime has brought Shame and Humiliation upon the Ky Folks, and we don't appreciate it!
  • by Margaret Location: Jackson, KY on Sep 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    Murder is a terrible, visious crime no matter where it happens. The alleged murderer/s should be punished to the full extent of the law! My heart goes out to this man's family and those who called him a friend. However, for people who blame Fox News or any cable news network by saying they are causing hate crimes is totally rediculous, and shows how those with closed minds and inability to FACE REALITY!! I find this very troubling and frightening. Perhaps those who choose to turn a blind eye to fair and comprehensive news reporting should occassionally listen to the stories that effect all Americans. I sometimes listen to mainstream media and am shocked NOT to hear reporting about very important news events. On a lighter note to some unenlightened people, "WAKE UP AMURICA!'
  • by careful Location: east ky on Sep 25, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    I took a load of freight to Brooklyn, New York a few years ago. I was waiting for dock workers to unload me and decided to walk down a couple of blocks to view the harbor and tugboats. The workers screamed for me to get back to the truck.."I was in NY and not in ky, that I could disappear and never be heard from again". Their english was broken but I got the point. It is dangerous everywhere you go..people need to use good judgement in what they do.
  • by Mich098 Location: texas on Sep 25, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    Not surprising when coming from a region where people cling desperately to their guns and religion and listen exclusively to hate mongers on the radio and tv. This is a volatile mix indeed. Guns, emotional religious intolerance and right wing ideology. God bless this man and his family and the devil take the hate mongers.
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