MANCHESTER, Ky. — When Bill Sparkman told retired trooper Gilbert Acciardo that he was going door-to-door collecting census data in rural Kentucky, the former cop drawing on years of experience warned: "Be careful."
The 51-year-old Sparkman was found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery and 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.
Manchester, the main hub of the southeastern Kentucky county, is an exit off the highway, with a Walmart, a few hotels, chain restaurants and a couple gas stations. The drive away from town and toward the area Sparkman's body was found is decidedly different, through the forest with no streetlights on winding roads, up and down steep hills and sparsely populated.
Now you know that the liberal media is going to paint this as a Tea Party member run amok. After all, we're all violent (Nancy Pelosi) racists (Jimmy Carter) who are just looking to murder anyone connected with the Federal goverment. But then, eastern Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, western Virginia, North Carolina have always been something "anti-governement" about them. In my opinion, it stems from the "revenooer" period of Prohibition, when many mountaineers distilled moonshine whiskey to sell to the lowlanders. I do hope that the indivual(s) who did this heinous crime are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We cannot as a country allow murder or intimidation to go unpunished. (It's a shame Eric Holder doesn't understand this--he WON'T prosecute the New Black Panther's in Philadelphia)