AP interview of man who found the body confirms that census worker Bill Sparkman was murdered

The callous idiot Michelle Malkin can shut the hell up now.


Witness: Census worker’s hanging body naked, bound

BIG CREEK, Ky. – A part-time census worker found hanging in a rural Kentucky cemetery was naked, gagged and had his hands and feet bound with duct tape, said an Ohio man who discovered the body two weeks ago.

Authorities have also said the word “fed” was scrawled with a felt-tip pen across 51-year-old Bill Sparkman’s chest, but they have released very few details about the case and said investigators have not determined if it was a homicide, suicide or an accident.

Federal, state and local authorities have refused to say if Sparkman was at work going to door-to-door for census surveys in the time before his death, but his Census identification tag was found taped to his body.

Jerry Weaver of Fairfield, Ohio, told The Associated Press on Friday that he was among a group of relatives who made the gruesome discovery on Sept. 12.

“The only thing he had on was a pair of socks,” Weaver said. “And they had duct-taped his hands, his wrists. He had duct tape over his eyes, and they gagged him with a red rag or something.”

“And they even had duct tape around his neck. And they had like his identification tag on his neck. They had it duct-taped to the side of his neck, on the right side, almost on his right shoulder.”

Two people briefed on the investigation said various details of Weaver’s account matched the details of the crime scene, though both people said they were not informed who found the body. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.

Weaver said he couldn’t tell if the tag was a Census Bureau ID because he didn’t get close enough to read it. But both of the people briefed on the investigation confirmed Sparkman’s Census ID was found taped to his head and shoulder area…

Weaver, who works for a family topsoil business in Fairfield, said he was in town for a family reunion and was visiting family grave sites at the cemetery when he and family members including his wife and daughter came across the body.

The scene left Weaver without a doubt how Sparkman died.

“He was murdered,” he said. “There’s no doubt.”

Weaver said the body was about 50 yards from a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. He said Sparkman’s clothes were in the bed of the truck.

“His tailgate was down,” Weaver said. “I thought he could have been killed somewhere else and brought there and hanged up for display, or they actually could have killed him right there. It was a bad, bad scene.”

“It took me three or four good nights to sleep. My 20-year-old daughter ended up sleeping in the floor in our bedroom.” he said.

Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson declined to comment on the investigation because the department is only playing a supporting role but said patrols have increased in the Daniel Boone National Forest since the body was found.

The Census Bureau has suspended door-to-door interviews in the rural county pending the investigation…

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2 thoughts AP interview of man who found the body confirms that census worker Bill Sparkman was murdered

  1. avatar litala says:

    We should be demanding more from law enforcement officials. Why have they not released more information about cause of eath? This poor man is being dragged through the mud by the right wing, some of whom are insisting this single father committed suicide and hung himself from a tree, bnound and gaggedhimslef too I suppose. Where is the investigation into this hate crime? Why haven’t they declared it a homicide? this is ridiculous!

  2. avatar toma says:

    I’m a bit mystified myself as to the ultra-secrecy about this murder, which occurred weeks ago. Why did the details need to be hidden? Does that really aid the investigation? I smell embarrassment on the part of law enforcement officials. My guess is that they got a sick feeling that they knew exactly what sort of person did this, and they don’t want it known that there are people like that in Kentucky. They were hoping that they could have made an arrest by now, having disposed of it. It’s time they came clean about it, called it a murder and asked for help from witnesses.

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