Investigators: Ky. Census Worker Committed Suicide

Authorities are saying a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with "fed" scrawled on his chest committed suicide and staged his death to look like a homicide.

A news release from Kentucky State Police said Tuesday that Bill Sparkman died at the same location where his body was found Sept. 12 near a cemetery in a heavily wooded area of southeastern Kentucky.

A man who found the body in the Daniel Boone National Forest said the 51-year-old was bound with duct tape, gagged and had an identification badge taped to his neck.

Investigators say Sparkman acted alone in manipulating the scene to conceal the suicide.

The news release says Sparkman had recently taken out two life insurance policies that would not pay out for suicide.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 25, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    Wow... I really thought none of them did at any point. Maybe they're thinking that if you had to think about it for two years, you didn't do it just for the insurance money? Again.. wow. Barlow: I'm having trouble with this story too. I can't discount the findings as I'm no CSI but, it doesn't sound feasible. Much more common for the reverse to be the case anyway - suicide staged as homicide. hmm..
  • by To Audra on Nov 24, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    Most insurance policies have a suicide clause in them. They will not pay if a suicide is committed within 2 years of purchasing the policy. After 2 years they will pay.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    Really? He bound himself with tape and then hung himself? I guess its possible, but I'd have to see it to believe it. sounds like quite a stretch to me.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    Uh...... are there life insurance policies ANYwhere that pay out for a suicide? I've never heard of one.
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