Michelle Bachman did not kill Bill Sparkman

It turns out that the death of a census worker in Kentucky was a suicide, not an act of domestic terrorism. Thus, contrary to my earlier speculation, the people who have been trying to whip up panic fear of the federal government in general and the Census in particular aren’t in fact responsible for the killing.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

6 thoughts on “Michelle Bachman did not kill Bill Sparkman”

  1. Would it be paranoid to wonder if the state medical examiner had been bribed by the deceased's life insurer?

  2. Randy,

    I bet if he wanted term, instead of the more expensive whole life, he had to get one that didn't cover natural causes because of his cancer. Term policies can be hard to get if you're likely to actually die.

  3. Thank God nothing happened to Glen Beck, or surely Mark Kleiman would have had blood on his hands. Unless and until contrary facts emerge, I'm going to assume that some Ft. Hood was retaliation for this, and that Mark incited it.

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