Skip to comments.Fugitive 'Spam King' Found Dead With Family
Posted on 07/25/2008 10:12:54 AM PDT by Schnucki
Edward Davidson, the "spam king" who reportedly forced his wife to help him escape from a Colorado prison on Sunday, has killed himself, a woman, and a toddler, according to The Denver Post.
Earlier Thursday, Colorado NBC affiliate 9News.com reported that three people had been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in the area of East Arkansas Place, near the town of Bennett, Colo.
The identities of the victims were not disclosed at the time.
Responding to an inquiry from InformationWeek, an officer with the Lakewood, Colo., police department said that he had heard that Davidson might have been involved in the incident, but that he could not confirm that.
The Denver Post and 9News.com have since reported that the victims are Davidson and his family.
An article in The Rocky Mountain News said that Davidson had forced his wife to help him leave the minimum-security federal prison in Florence, Colo., in order to return to his wife's home in Lakewood for a change of clothes.
The story said that he was last seen leaving in her 2006 silver Toyota Sequoia but did not say that anyone was with him at the time.
Reached at the crime scene, Mark Campbell, undersheriff for Arapahoe County, said he could not confirm the identities of the victims until further investigative work was done and the next of kin were notified. However, he did confirm that the vehicle at the scene is aToyota (NYSE: TM) SUV.
"At about 11:15 a.m. this morning, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 4300 block of East Arkansas Place, which is in unincorporated Arapahoe County, Colo.," said Campbell. "That is southwest of the town of Bennett, Colo.
"When deputies arrived on the scene, we did find a male adult, deceased, by the driver's door of a silver SUV," said Campbell. "We did find a female adult, deceased, by the passenger door of the SUV, and we did find a 7- to 8-month-old little boy in the back seat who appeared to be uninjured, but he was transported by rescue personnel as a precaution. Unfortunately, inside the car we also found a little girl who we believe was about 3 years old and she was deceased. We did find another victim who was shot and who managed to run to a neighbor's house. She's a teenage girl and she was transported with a gunshot wound, but she was coherent and talking to rescue personnel."
Davidson had served less than two months of his 21-month prison sentence when he escaped.
I know that someone will make crude jokes but a child was murdered today.
I guess the moral of the story is “Don’t help criminals escape from prison.” Poor little girl was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. At least she won’t have to grow up with these sicko scammers running her life.
What a scumbag.
Couldn’t just off himself and do the world a favor. Had to take out innocent people too.
This is probably typical of his class of people.
Yep. I don’t find any humor at all in this. It is just grim.
Well, it’s a long way from spamming people’s computers to killing your family. But you do have to be kind of a POS to begin with, to want to dedicate your career to making life difficult and annoying for everyone on the net.
21 months for fraud, in a "prison" he was able to walk out of, driving straight home - with the family along for the ride?
Then shooting his wife, two kids, and himself while climbing out of the getaway car...?
For many, the Internet has become their town and society. Unfortunately, the distance between Main Street and the alley behind the diner is about the diameter of an electron.
I feel ambivalent about why he was in jail in the first place. Google reveals at least three guys prosecutors have dubbed the "spam king." My filter gets them every day from people who aren't being prosecuted. Does everything we don't like have to be a crime?
Still, it's no excuse for this scumbag.
May God have mercy on that child's soul.
Both spamming and murder-suicide involve a self-centeredness that is typical of pathological narcissism.
Interesting. That gives a totally different impression than the first line of this article, which says she helped him escape FROM prison. The article you linked to sounds like he was already long gone from the prison before he arrived on doorstep demanding a ride. Sounds like she was never anywhere near the prison.
If they prosecuted this guy, he was one of the kingpins who enabled gazillions of others to spam. He probably got paid money by these people to find ways to get email out to people like us, get it past our filters.
See, I feel differently. I am nearly at the point where I am beginning to believe capital punishment for spammers and hackers might be appropriate.
Granted, I am being semi-tongue in cheek, but think about the time you might go to the hospital, and your physician cannot view your xray results in a timely fashion because a virus has rendered his viewing client inoperable, or the medical database has been wiped out by a hacker just for fun. You, or someone close to you could die as a result.
Yeah...I guess I am extreme. If they convicted them and cut their hands off, there WOULD be a part of me that thinks they had it coming. I have wasted too much time and money on those things.
But I know what you mean.
Had this scumbag stuck to peddling Viagra he would still be spamming.
Yeah, these articles are always written so poorly.
From what I can gather she went to the prison to visit, he walked out with her and slapeed her around a bit and forced her to drive him to Lakewood.
She then called the cops to tell them what happened. Somehow they then all ended up at the family’s former home, where he killed them.
Like I said I'm ambivalent about the spammers. If this guy was disabling computers he deserved his sentence to Club Fed.
Of course, his family didn't deserve any of this.
This article, based on the teenage survivor’s statements, is quite a bit clearer. I’m still not clear on the actual departure from the prison. Did he convince her that he was allowed to leave for a while, so that she actually didn’t know she was “helping him escape”? Obviously, this prison is run as a no-security prison, not a minimun security prison, if prisoners are just having relatives come pick them up and drive them away.
Horrible for the others caught up in the violence when he decided to kill himself.
Spammers steal from everyone. While you can happily filter them out on your end, spam clogs bandwidth and overloads mail servers. They have to be upgraded regularly to keep up with the load.
Those costs are passed on to the subscribers. You pay for spam.
Absolutely. That is just horrible. What a pathetic excuse for a human being.
You mean you don’t need 20 different sources for Viagra??? :-))
Ken Deal, chief deputy U.S. marshal in Denver, said that hours after Davidson's escape Sunday, his wife told Lakewood police he had forced her to take him to the Denver area in the SUV.
You might be right...But how does a prisoner force someone on the outside to help them escape prison, without help from someone on the outside backing up that force?
Are you sure he had not already escaped prison by himself?
This was a terrible crime, and the shooter was one very disturbed/angry individual.
Even if I did, I wouldn't buy it from a spammer. The vast majority of them are scams anyway.
It's the old embarrassment scam. If someone DOES buy Viagra from a spammer, and they never get their product, their usually too embarrassed to report it.
HEre is the story from the surviving teen. It’s a work camp type prison, they came to visit, he walked out to the car with them, shoved his wife out of the way, got in and drove.
Also, the wife called the cops and told them what happened.
This is was a real scumbag.