State police now say that Bill Sparkman, the Census worker found dead of an apparent hanging in Kentucky, maybe wasn't hanged at all
. His body was apparently in contact with ground when it was found.
Separately, a retired state trooper who knew Sparkman tells TPMmuckraker that'd he'd warned Sparkman
about doing his Census work in isolated parts of rural Kentucky, but not necessarily because of anti-government extremism.
Said Gilbert Acciardo: "I said, you're going into rural Kentucky, isolated areas. Be careful over there -- people may not understand that you're there to gather statistics."