February 21, 2013

The Hanging

The body of William Sparkman Jr., a 51-year-old census worker, was found in 2009 in an isolated cemetery in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. He hung naked from a tree, hands bound, the word FED scrawled in black marker across his chest. Sparkman’s death briefly made headlines: to some, it seemed to implicate our polarized politics; to others, a region long known for its insularity. And then the case disappeared from the national view. Here is the story of what really happened to Bill Sparkman, a complex man whom few people truly knew.

Read more. [Images: Danny Wilcox-Frazier, Gulf Ridge Council, BSA, Courtesy of the Kentucky State Police]

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    Amazing piece of journalism.
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    This is a great piece. Everyone should read.