25 November, 2009

Sparkman Murder Solved

Twasn't a right-wing lunatic, but despair, that did him in:
Census worker Bill Sparkman committed suicide and deliberately made it look like murder as part of an insurance scam, Kentucky state police have concluded.

State police, working with the FBI, said at a press conference moments ago that Sparkman had recently taken out two life insurance policies that would not pay out for suicide. It appears Sparkman hoped that the scheme would benefit his son, Josh Sparkman.
He did his best.  Murder looked pretty plausible for a while there.  I'm not glad he committed suicide, but I am glad we don't (yet) have a crazed maniac killing Census workers in Kansas.

This is one of those useful lessons in not speculating until the facts are in. 

My heart goes out to the family.  None of this can be easy for them.

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