Thursday, September 24, 2009

Census, and senseless, lynching in Kentucky

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM

This is what hateful, lie-filled rhetoric will get you: A census worker found hanged with the word "FED" scrawled across his body.

His body was found over a week and a half ago in the Daniel Boone National Forest. He was a single father, an Eagle Scout, a cancer survivor and, we're sure, much more. Notably, it appears he was just trying to do his job as a part-time census employee. Now, he's dead.

The FBI is keeping this case as close to their chest as possible.

The FBI is investigating the hanging death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery, and a law enforcement official told The Associated Press the word 'fed" was scrawled on the dead man's chest.

The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and occasional teacher, was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky. The Census has suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was found, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Lucindia Scurry-Johnson, assistant director of the Census Bureau's southern office in Charlotte, N.C., said law enforcement officers have told the agency the matter is "an apparent homicide" but nothing else.

Census employees were told Sparkman's truck was found nearby, and a computer he was using for work was found inside it, she said. He worked part-time for the Census, usually conducting interviews once or twice a month.

Sparkman has worked for the Census since 2003, spanning five counties in the surrounding area. Much of his recent work had been in Clay County, officials said.

Door-to-door operations have been suspended in Clay County pending a resolution of the investigation, Scurry-Johnson said.

Locke called him "a shining example of the hardworking men and women employed by the Census Bureau."

More about Mr. Sparkman, the crime that ended his life and a little insight into the investigation:

Michelle Bachmann, one of the most ill-informed Congresswomen in Washington, spreading lies on Faux News:

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