He was found, naked and dead, in the hills of Kentucky, with a rope around his neck and one word, "fed", written on his chest.
But the police have decided it was staged. By the Census worker. He killed himself.
Sparkman also had recently taken out two accidental life insurance policies totaling $600,000 that would not pay out for suicide, authorities said. One policy was taken out in late 2008; the other in May.In an act of insurance fraud,
with a plan that was slightly flawed,
he tried to hide
the fact of suicide.