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"What a nightmare, and such a coward"
'Spam King' Shoots Wife, Daughter in Apparent Murder-Suicide
Friday , July 25, 2008
Convicted spammer Edward 'Eddie' Davidson apparently killed his wife and daughter before taking his own life in his home town of Bennet, Colorado on Thursday.
A teenaged girl was also shot in the neck and a baby was found unscathed inside the vehicle where the three bodies were discovered, according to Arapahoe County undersheriff Mark Campbell.
Davidson was on the run after escaping from a federal prison camp on Sunday having served just five weeks of a 21-month sentence.
The Colorado 'spam king' was convicted of sending millions of spam messages promoting penny stocks which he then traded when the price rose. Police estimate that he made more than $3m before he was caught.
Davidson specialised in making his messages appear as though they had come from legitimate origins by changing the header information and then spamming hundreds of thousands of addresses.
Following his conviction for tax evasion and falsifying email headers Davidson was fined $714,139 and had gold coins and property seized by the authorities.
"What a nightmare, and such a coward," said US Attorney Troy Eid in an emailed statement. "Davidson imposed the 'death penalty' on family members for his own crime."
Prosecutors said that from 2002 to 2005, Davidson's business, Power Promoters, and his subcontractors would spam people's inboxes with e-mails promoting items like watches and perfume.
From 2005 through part of 2006, he sent thousands of e-mails from his home in Bennett, sometimes with false information, on behalf of a Houston company promoting a penny stock as an excellent investment, according to a plea agreement.
Prosecutors said they also found about $380,000 that he had stashed in his girlfriend's bank account over three years, and purchases totaling $418,000 from a company that sells gold, platinum, palladium and silver coins.
Prosecutors did not identify the girlfriend in court documents.
When Davidson was sentenced, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger noted it was Davidson's first serious conviction, and that he was supporting three children, which documents did not identify.
She noted Davidson had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A condition of his sentence was that he undergo mental health counseling.
"He obviously has some unresolved issues with regard to his childhood and how he was raised that he believes impair his ability to make good decisions in the future," Krieger said during the sentencing hearing.
Michael Arvin, Davidson's attorney during his criminal trial, did not return a phone message left after business hours Thursday.
State Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo, a critic of federal staffing at the Florence prison complex, criticized the U.S. attorney's characterization of Davidson's escape as a "walkway" rather than an escape that posed a risk to the public.
"It's time for the U.S. Attorney's office and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to refer to those who escape from prison, whether minimum security camps or high security prisons, for what they are: escapees," McFadyen told The Gazette of Colorado Springs.
"Three separate federal agencies, the U.S. Marshals, FBI and IRS, were all hunting him," she said. "If he's no danger to the public why were three agencies after him?""Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton
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Hope the innocent lives he took enjoy looking down on him in hell. Calling him a coward is a understatment!!
Very sad for his family.
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