By Calvin Palmer
A U.S Census worker found hanged with “fed” scrawled on his chest was not the victim of anti-government sentiment, according to police.
Bill Sparkman, 51, commited suicide but staged his death to look like murder so that his son could collect the life insurance.
“We believe this was an intentional act,” Trooper Don Trosper, a Kentucky State Police spokesman, said. “We believe the aim was to take his own life.”
Sparkman’s naked body was discovered on September 12 hanging from a tree near a cemetery in the Daniel Boone National Forest in southeastern Kentucky. He was bound with duct tape, gagged and had an identification badge taped to his neck.
Police said a rope was tied around his neck, attached to a tree, and the word “fed” was on his chest.
Analysis of the ink led investigators to conclude the letters had been written from the bottom to the top, which is not how another person would have written them while facing Sparkman.
There was no evidence of any struggle and the only DNA found at the scene belonged to Sparkman.
Police believed he acted alone in manipulating the scene to conceal the suicide.
It was also discovered that Sparkman had taken out two accidental life insurance policies worth $600,000 (£362,000) in total, and that if he was killed while at work his family would receive an additional $10,000 (£16,580) from the government.
The life insurance policies were null and void in the event of death by suicide.