If you follow the news...over the past week...this story out of Kentucky has been a fairly active one. What we have is a US Census worker (and part-time school teacher)....who was hanged near a local cemetery, and the word "fed" written on his chest. The authorities now confirm that he did die by asphyxiation. This is all up in the Appalachian region.
The guy? Bill Sparkman. You can't find anyone who has anything negative to say about the guy.
The word on the motive? There's meth in the county and lots of planted drug crops...so most folks are leaning toward someone finding Bill in their mess and then killing him.
I paused over this...reading almost a dozen articles on the event. No real evidence. No real suggestions. They all lead back to the meth or drug crops. The "feds" on the chest...drug crops....all red herrings, by my feelings.
I'm going out on the limb and probably making a will suggestion here...but Bill did walk out upon some kind of drug deal or crop...likely involving local law enforcement. Some local deputy....some town's police chief...was the culprit. They did the "feds" thing to make the detectives waste time on looking for bad guys in the obvious way. This was local and probably someone that Sparkman knew.
The detectives will waste an enormous amount of time....getting "vast" help from some local law authorities to pick out meth folks or drug crop farmers. Nothing will come of this except a number of arrests for drugs...not murder. After a year, most folks will label this a strange event and forget about it. Call it a feeling...but I see red herring all over this deal.
The word appeared to have been written with a felt-tip pen, Clay County Coroner Jim Trosper said Friday. He did not elaborate.
The substitute teacher, 51, was discovered Sept. 12 in a remote patch of Daniel Boone National Forest in Clay County where he was working part-time for the government. Still, law enforcement officials weren't saying Thursday whether he was working at the time of his death or whether they believed it had anything to do with his job. Authorities have so far been unable to determine if it was an accidental death, homicide, or suicide.