July 24, 2008
INTERNET “SPAM KING” FOUND DEAD
DENVER – Edward “Eddie” Davidson, age 35, also known as the “Spam King,” was found dead this morning after an apparent murder suicide, United States Attorney Troy Eid announced. Last Sunday, July 20th, Davidson walked away from a federal prison camp in Florence. Davidson, who was sentenced to serve 21 months in federal prison for illegally sending spam email messages, left the Florence prison complex in a car with his wife. He drove the car to Lakewood, where he got a change of clothes and cash. He then left. Davidson was discovered today in Bennett, Colorado, with a fatal self inflicted gunshot wound. Davidson’s wife and three year old child were also found dead from fatal gunshot wounds. A fourth person was shot in the neck, but is alive. A one year old was found unharmed. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths, with support from the U.S. Marshals, and the FBI.
Davidson was housed in a minimum security facility. Minimum security institutions, also known as Federal Prison Camps (FPCs), have dormitory housing, a relatively low staff-to-inmate ratio, and are work and program-oriented. FPCs are generally located adjacent to larger institutions, where inmates help serve the labor needs of the larger institution.
On April 28, 2008, Davidson was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger to serve 21 months (just under 2 years) in federal prison for illegally sending spam email messages. Judge Krieger also ordered him to pay $714,139 in restitution to the IRS. As part of the restitution, Davis had agreed to forfeit property he purchased, including gold coins, which were the ill gotten proceeds of his offense. At the time of sentencing Judge Krieger ordered Davidson to report to a facility designated by the Bureau of Prisons on May 27, 2008. He pled guilty before Judge Krieger on December 3, 2007. Davidson was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 5, 2007.