Dead Census Worker Killed Himself

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Suicide — that's the conclusion of state police and the FBI after completing their exhaustive investigation into the mysterious death of census worker Bill Sparkman, who was found hanging from a tree with his hands bound and the word "fed" scrawled in marker across his chest. It's believed that Sparkman was trying to make his death look like a murder because his life-insurance policies didn't cover suicide. "This is one of the most thorough death investigations that turned out to be suicide that I've ever seen," said Kentucky State Police Captain Lisa Rudzinski.

Census worker killed himself, tried to make it look like homicide, officials say [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Earlier: We wondered whether Sparkman's death was the result of politically motivated violence, and then reiterated that that was only one plausible theory.