Son of census worker doesn't think his father killed himself

The son of a census worker found dead in Clay County says he does not believe his father killed himself.

State police said last week that evidence and witness testimony led them to believe that Bill Sparkman committed suicide and staged his death to look like a murder.

Sparkman was found hanging to a tree with the word "fed" written on his chest.

Police say he recently took out two life insurance policies totaling $600,000.

Josh Sparkman told the Courier Journal that nobody who knew his father believes he killed himself.

He's asked an attorney if he can protest the findings.


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  • by Chris Location: Manchester on Dec 2, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    I dont think this guy killed himself. Just a quick way to say "case closed". None of what they are saying make much sense. All the people I've spoken with say he was a very smart and likeable guy. THere are many unanswered questions.
  • by unbelievable Location: manchester on Dec 2, 2009 at 02:21 PM
    The state police and federal investigators are the agencies that investigated Mr. Sparkmans suicide. If it were local police I would agree with you, but I find it really hard to believe that the State Medical Examiner, State Police and Federal Investigators would have a reason to lie or cover this up and I am sure that they didn't cook up a conspiracy, this is real life not TV, what would be the point. If your hands were loosely tied as they released then yes it would be very possible to tie your hands with duct tape, try it. I fully believe their findings and even figured it to be suicide for health and insurance reasons, after they hadn't solved it in a few days. It makes sense!
  • by Former Kentuckian on Dec 2, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    No, there is something terribly wrong about the death of the census worker. I pray that someone can get to the bottom of this. Yes, the story about Sarah's death needs to be on the news. What is wrong with the Kentucky state police??
  • by Nicole Location: KY on Dec 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    I also do not think this sounds right. I think someone other than the KSP needs to work this case.
  • by What? Location: Kentucky on Dec 2, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    I agree something does not seem right with this whole story. My sympathies go out to his family and friends.
  • by amazed Location: kentucky on Dec 2, 2009 at 03:49 AM
    I am amazed at how someone would be able to tie thier own hands with duct tape. I find that very hard to believe!!
  • by Jan Location: Paintsville on Dec 1, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    This death along with the tragic death of Sarah Blanton need to be investigated. They both sound like murders to everyone except the police. I think there is a huge coverup going on. I pray for this man's family. This has received alot of coverage, but Sarah's death has not been on the news at all and it needs to be.

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