Thursday, September 24, 2009

Census Worker Hung With "Fed" Written on his Chest

There has been a lot of concern that all the dangerous rhetoric people on the extreme right have been using when trying to attack any program run by the government would eventually lead to violence. Well, it appears as though that might have indeed happened in a rural area as the AP is reporting that a census worker found hanging from tree with the word "fed" written on his chest.
A U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery had the word "fed" scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

The law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not say what type of instrument was used to write the word on the chest of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time Census field worker and teacher. He was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky.
There haven't been too many details released about the case and the investigation is still taking place, so it cannot be proven as of yet that there's a link between the dangerous rhetoric used by the extreme right and this heinous murder. Nonetheless, I find it very interesting that I actually had several Republicans point me towards the story and suggest they were very worried that their party played a role in creating an environment in which hatred could have led to this death.

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