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Edward “Eddie” Davidson, spam king murder-suicide, spam king kills wife
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Edward "Eddie" Davidson

Saga of Colorado ‘Spam King’ Ends in Apparent Murder-Suicide

July 25, 2008 12:23 PM
by Cara McDonough
The bodies of Edward “Eddie” Davidson, his wife and young daughter were discovered Thursday. Police say Davidson shot his family and then himself.

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Authorities had been looking for Davidson since Sunday, when his wife, Amy Hill, helped him escape from a minimum security prison in Florence, Col. Davidson, 35, had been sentenced in April to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to falsifying header information to send spam e-mail, tax evasion and criminal forfeiture.

Police found a pistol and the bodies of Davidson and his wife lying next to an SUV outside a house in Bennett, Col., about 25 miles east of Denver. News reports differ on whether the Davidsons lived in the house.

Their three-year-old daughter was found dead inside the vehicle, along with a seven-month-old baby boy who was unharmed. A teenage girl was shot in the neck during the incident but escaped to a neighbor’s house. Davidson’s relationship to the baby and the teenager is unclear.

Davidson is one of several spammers to have been given the “Spam King” crown over the years. When he was sentenced in April, authorities said he had been running his spamming organization, Power Promoters, through a network of “sub-spammers,” sending messages to thousands under the name of 19 companies.

In addition to his prison sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger imposed a $714,139 fine in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

The reasons for Davidson’s prison escape, suicide and the murder of his wife and daughter are still unclear.

What a nightmare, and such a coward,” U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said. “Davidson imposed the ‘death penalty’ on family members for his own crime.”

Headline Links: ‘Spam King’ kills himself, family

Background: Davidson’s spam empire

Related Topic: ‘Another Spammer Sent to Can’

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