Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Dan Riehl’s Telling Speculation

I haven’t written much about the case of the census taker found hanged in Kentucky with “Fed” written on his chest. Yes, it might be an example of overblown right-wing paranoia over census takers being fomented by demagogues like Michele Bachmann. Or it might not. Hell, this is rural Kentucky. It might be moonshiners, drug dealers or just plain crazy people behind it. Until we have some actual evidence, I see little reason to speculate.

But conservative blogger Dan Riehl has his speculation machine fired up. What possible reason did his mind fix on based on the data? That the victim, Bill Sparkman, might be a child predator. you can tell by the headline:

Was Census Worker Bill Sparkman A Child Predator?

Upon what evidence would he base such speculation? Ah, this is where it gets interesting. here’s the sum total of his “evidence”:

The condition of the body and his being naked also seems curious. Why strip someone down to their socks only to kill them? Finally Sparkman’s bio and work history suggests at the least he was not just your average guy. No teaching degree, no full-time means of employment and no wife or kids so far as I am aware. But he certainly did gravitate towards children. I can’t help but wonder if this wasn’t a revenge killing disguised to look like something else. If he did have issues in this regard and messed with the wrong kid, it isn’t as if something like that can be ruled out until we know more.

Sparkman’s mother, Henrie Sparkman of Inverness, Fla., told The Associated Press her son was an Eagle scout who moved to the area to be a local director for the Boy Scouts of America. She said he later became a substitute teacher in Laurel County and supplemented that income as a Census worker.

He was an Eagle Scout and a scoutmaster. He wasn’t married. Ergo, he might be a child molester? Seriously? I think this kind of idiotic speculation says far more about Riehl’s delusions than it does about Sparkman’s reality.


  1. #1 tincture
    September 29, 2009

    The motive behind Riehl’s loathsome speculation seems readily apparent to me. He’s just earning his wingnut welfare by blaming the victim because yet another example of America’s lunatic right fringe acting on their republican fueled nightmares is bad PR.

    The blame game in this case has and will continue to go like this:

    • It wasn’t some anti-government nut, it was somebody doing illegal stuff who decided to get rid of a witness in the worst possible way imaginable short of leaving behind a notarized confession.
    • It was a false flag operation by ACORN/Obama/liberals. h/t freerepublic.
    • It was the Mexicans.
    • No matter what, it definitely wasn’t any fan of Beck or Bachmann and besides, he probably deserved it anyway.

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