Census Worker Hanged: Bill Sparkman Found With "Fed" On Body


WASHINGTON — 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.

It's early in the case, and we don't have all the facts. That said, it's hard not to see this and the violent, anti-government rhetoric so popular from the Right nowadays and see a possible connection.

Regardless, this is a tragedy and an extremely ugly one at that.