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‘Spam King’ kills family, self; U.S. attorney calls him ‘a coward’

Tillie Fong and Carrie Porter
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado
Chris Schneider/Rocky Mountain NewsInvestigators examine the SUV where three persons were found dead near Bennett, Colo.

BENNETT, Colorado ” Federal officials searching for the missing “Spam King” Edward Davidson, who escaped from a minimum security prison in Florence on Sunday, confirmed he was the man responsible for a murder-suicide involving three people, including his wife and 3-year-old child, at a Bennett home Wednesday.

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

Eid’s office said that Davidson was found dead in Bennett on Wednesday from a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound, and that Davidson’s wife and 3-year-old daughter were also found shot to death. The U.S. Attorney’s office did not release the names of the wife and child, but records indicate Davidson is married to Amy Lee Ann Hill, 29.

A 14-year-old girl, who was shot in the neck, was found at a neighbor’s home with a serious injury. She was conscious and able to tell deputies what had happened before she was transported to a hospital. Her condition was not known Thursday

A second child, a 7-month-old boy, was found unharmed in the SUV as well.

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Davidson, 35, was sentenced on April 28 to serve 21 months in federal prison for his role in sending hundreds of thousands of unsolicited fraudulent e-mails touting certain penny stocks as excellent investments.

On Sunday, Davidson escaped from a minimum security federal prison in Florence, after his wife, Hill, of Lakewood, had visited him.

Davidson allegedly jumped into Hill’s vehicle after the visit and was last seen in Lakewood after dropping off Hill at her parents’ home on South Fig Street. He was last seen in a 2006 silver Toyota Sequoia.

Davidson and his wife were found near an SUV parked in the 43000 block of E. Arkansas Place.

According to The Associated Press, the dead man was in the driver’s side of the vehicle, while the woman was found on the passenger side. The dead girl was found in the back of the car.

The family did not live at the home and an undersheriff notified the current home owners, who were at work at the time. The home owners were on the scene with the coroners office when bodies were removed, though.

According to neighbor Wendy Garner, Julie and Roger Cook moved into the yellow two-story home about seven months ago.

The shooting was reported at 11:15 a.m. Investigators found a handgun near the car.

Many nearby neighbors did not know the residents at the home and were not aware that anything was amiss until they heard sirens.

However, records show that Hill had once owned the home. She sold it last October to the Cooks for nearly $500,000.

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