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I Still Blame Glenn Beck

Kentucky State Police have decided Bill Sparkman’s death was a suicide:

Authorities said Sparkman alone manipulated the suicide scene, which was so elaborate that a man who discovered the body was convinced Sparkman was murdered.

Rudzinski said Sparkman “told a credible witness that he planned to commit suicide and provided details on how and when.”

Authorities wouldn’t say who Sparkman told of his plan, but said Sparkman talked about it a week before his suicide and the person did not take him seriously. He told the person he believed his lymphoma, which he had previously been treated for, had recurred, police said.

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.

When his body was found in September, Sparkman’s death brought attention to this lunatic moment on Glenn Beck and inspired months of silence from Bachmann on the subject of the US Census:



While it seems strange for someone to plan and arrange such an elaborate suicide and then blab all the details to someone, self-destruction is inherently counter-intuitive. If Kentucky Authorities are correct, however, it still does not absolve Beck and Bachmann of spreading this insanity.

Do they really need to know our phone numbers? Do they really need to know, like you said, the date and time that we leave…mental stability?

Bachmann lost her mental stability saying that. Even Beck had to roll his eyes. Yet he does the same thing every night, producing something beyond mere “spin:” out of whole cloth, he weaves nontroversy into the flag of a new conservative movement. His narrative is insane, borrowed from the traditions of modern fringe conservatism. His audience is authoritarian and not just misinformed, but deliberately self-misinformed; and worse, the right-wing demographic is easily seduced by charismatic personalities. This crowd rallies to scare words; apocalypse attracts them. Their rhetoric is incoherent, irrational, and ugly.

Perhaps Sparkman did create an elaborate suicide to get his son out of debt. That he thought he might get away with it speaks to the character of the times we live in.

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  • ZIRGAR

    Holy shit! My thoughts exactly. Great minds think alike. He at least thought it a viable way to cover up his suicide, and I wonder if he would've even killed himself if the social climate wasn't in such a foul state that it would allow for this cover up in the first place? I'm sure he would've found another way, but it does make me wonder…

  • Matt Osborne

    ZIRGAR: hopefully, this means I have a great mind.

  • mary b

    I don't believe that he committed suicide. That part of KY is very rural, very racist and very tea baggery (is that a word?).
    There is a lot of corruption there, too. It just doesn't make any sense. If he wanted to commit suicide and make it look like an accidental death, wouldn't a car crash look more likely? I'm sure if you think about it, there are plenty of other ways to do it without all the nonsense involved.
    I am convinced that he was murdered. And it would NOT surprise me if the cops were in fact covering something up.
    It's happened before and most likely will happen again.

  • Nate

    *sigh* Not this again. Glenn isn’t so different from his Faux “spinning” colleagues. Read Newshounds. Somebody needs to go back to attacking the whole wagon. And his audience ain’t that different from theirs, either.