Friday, July 25, 2008


Eddie Davidson escaped from a federal work camp Sunday.
This picture provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Edward "Eddie" Davidson.
(AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)

Neighbors say the family, known to them as "the Hills," moved from this house on 35 acres more than six months ago. They "stayed to themselves," neighbors said. Davidson was sentenced to 21 months in the federal prison work camp in Florence and began serving his term in May. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

Chris Schneider / The Rocky
Investigators remove a body from the scene of a murder-suicide near Bennett on Thursday. The three dead people were prison escapee Edward Davidson, his wife and 3-year-old daughter.
Chris Schneider / The Rocky
Arapahoe County deputy Michael Chick stands Thursday at the driveway leading to a home that was part of the scene of the murder-suicide.

Escapee kills family, self
Internet "Spam King," wife and daughter found shot dead near Bennett; teen injured
By Kieran Nicholson, Howard Pankratz and Carlos Illescas / The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 07/25/2008, 06:13:51 AM MDT

BENNETT — Just four days after escaping a federal minimum-security work camp, Internet "Spam King" Eddie Davidson fatally shot his wife and child and wounded a teenage girl before turning the gun on himself.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunfire south of the small plains town of Bennett about 11:15 a.m. Thursday and found Davidson, 29-year-old Amy Lee Ann Hill and their 3-year-old daughter shot to death.

Davidson's most recent spam business, Power Promoters, was based at his residence near Bennett, about 25 miles east of Denver.

Arapahoe County Undersheriff Mark Campbell said the bodies were found near a Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicle in the driveway of Davidson's former home. Davidson's body was beside the driver's door, a pistol nearby, and his wife's body fell near the passenger side.

A 3-year-old girl was dead in the vehicle. A boy, about 7 months old, was unharmed in a car seat in the SUV, Campbell said.
A teenage girl, shot in the neck, escaped by running to a neighbor's home, the Sheriff's Office said.

Neighbors said Davidson and his family had moved from the house more than six months ago. The family was known as "the Hills" and "stayed to themselves," a neighbor said.

Media and prosecutors had dubbed Davidson the "Spam King" for years for his prolific, anonymous e-mails promoting a raft of products.

Pleaded guilty to tax evasion

Davidson had pleaded guilty to tax evasion and falsifying information about the sender of e-mail pitches for low-cost, high-risk stocks.

He was ordered in April to pay $714,139 in restitution to the IRS and sentenced to 21 months in the minimum-security federal prison camp in Florence, 90 miles south of Denver.


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