Sunday, September 27, 2009

Well, it sure wasn't natural causes

If nothing else, it should be obvious that the recently deceased census worker, Bill Sparkman, did not commit suicide. The actual motive for his murder is of course a matter of speculation. Paranoid meth manufacturers? Right-wing extremists influenced by fearmongers and propagandists? Perhaps a chance encounter with a lone psychopathic killer out in the woods? There's just not a lot to go on from what I gather - or if there is, authorities are keeping that pertinent information as much under wraps as possible. A good point by Andrew Sullivan worth mentioning:
If this was a revenge murder for stumbling upon a meth lab or pot plantation, it's hard to understand why such a big deal would be made out of his census identification card. It's possible, I suppose, that anger at the feds in general could make a drug dealer murder a census worker. But the most worrying possibility - that this is Southern populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk radio cohorts - remains real. We'll see.
If I had to hazard a guess, I'd err on the side of right-wing extremism given the rather odd details that we've learned about the crime. The fact that the killer or killers made such a deal about Sparkman's census ID card makes it seem like there was more motive than merely a drug-related killing. As the saying goes, stay tuned...

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