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‘Spam King’ lured family with promises of gifts

AP Photo/U.S. Marshals ServiceEddie Davidson

BENNETT, Colorado ” Escaped “Spam King” Eddie Davidson lured his wife and three children into an SUV with promises of a gift and a final goodbye before turning himself in to authorities. Instead, he drove his wife, a 3-year-old daughter and himself to their deaths.

That’s the account given by Davidson’s 16-year-old daughter, who survived Thursday’s attack in the driveway of the family’s former home in Bennett and spoke to investigators afterward. Her account, documented by a deputy as she was rushed to a hospital, was detailed in a report released Friday.

Davidson’s daughter, from a previous marriage, told investigators that Davidson fired a shot that grazed her neck but that she escaped by zigzagging as she ran away.

Capt. Louie Perea, an Arapahoe County sheriff’s spokesman, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

An infant boy, about 7 months old, also survived the attack. He was found strapped in the back seat of the family’s SUV. Identities of the surviving children were not released.

Killed were Davidson, Amy Hill, 29, and Bailey McDaniel, 3.

Federal authorities had been searching for Davidson since he and Hill drove away from a minimum-security penitentiary in Florence, about 90 miles south of Denver, on Sunday.

U.S. Marshals had met with Hill earlier in the week after she called Lakewood police Sunday to report she had been forced by Davidson to aid in his escape, said Ken Deal, chief deputy for the marshals.

Davidson, 35, was convicted of falsifying email header information for a Texas company, earning $3.5 million between 2003 and 2006.

He also was convicted of failing to report $714,000 in taxable income and was imprisoned in May after being sentenced April 28 to 21 months in prison. He had been ordered to forfeit any weapons in his possession.

The teenage daughter told deputies that Davidson lured them to a home improvement store east of Denver Thursday, then forced his way into the SUV. He drove them to their former home southwest of Bennett, about 24 miles east of Denver, where authorities said he operated his spamming business.

Davidson asked his family to talk about good times as they drove to the home and asked his wife if they would be together “when everything was over.”

“Eddie pulled a gun out and would put it in his mouth and point it to his head,” the teen said, according to the report.

She and Amy said, “No, Eddie, we love you. Don’t do it.”

Once at the home, Davidson got out of the car on the driver’s side, pointed the gun at his wife, who tried to grab it, then shot her. He then turned and shot the teen in the neck, and Bailey, who couldn’t move because she was strapped to a car seat.

Deal said authorities were unable to determine where Davidson got the gun. He said they were investigating whether his wife had helped him escape and the call to Lakewood police was a ruse.

“In a situation like this, we’re trying to see if it was a desperate attempt on their behalf to either cover their tracks or lessen her involvement in the actual escape itself,” Deal said.

The teen told investigators that Davidson forced Hill to help him escape.

Davidson was not considered a flight risk or a danger to anyone, U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Krieger said at Davidson’s April sentencing.

Davidson’s business, Power Promoters, and his subcontractors spammed people’s inboxes with e-mails promoting items like watches and perfume from 2002 to 2005, according to prosecutors.

From 2005 through part of 2006, he sent thousands of e-mails from his home in Bennett, sometimes with false information, on behalf of a Houston company promoting a penny stock as an excellent investment, according to a plea agreement.

As part of their case, prosecutors noted that Davidson had a habit of hiding money, including funneling $380,000 into an account belonging to his girlfriend, and purchases totaling $418,000 from a company that sells gold, platinum, palladium and silver coins.

Deal said investigators did not think Davidson went to the home seeking to recover hidden money.

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