The recent report on the conviction and sentencing of a key US spammer had a sequel as the week closed with the sad news that another spammer mentioned in the report as escaping from jail had been found shot dead, along with a woman and child.
The Denver Post reported that Edward Davidson, the "spam king" who allegedly forced his wife to help him escape from a Colorado prison last week, killed himself, a woman, and a toddler.
And 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, Colorado. Later, media in the state confirmed that the victims were Davidson and his family.
Pending notifications to next-of-kin, the police declined to formally identify the victims, saying only: "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…..southwest of the town of Bennett, Colorado.
"When deputies arrived on the scene, we did find a male adult, deceased, by the driver's door of a silver Toyota SUV. 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 for spamming when he escaped.