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A.K.A.: "The Spam King"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Murder-suicide
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: July 24, 2008
Date of birth: July 29, 1972
Victims profile: His wife, Amy Hill, 29, and daughter Bailey McDaniel, 3
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Bennett, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA
Status: Committed suicide by shooting himself the same day

Edward "Eddie" Davidson (July 29, 1972 July 24, 2008), also known as "Fast Eddie" and "the Spam King," was an American spammer who from July 5, 2002 through April 15, 2007 conducted a Colorado business using the name Power Promoters.

The primary nature of Davidson's business consisted of providing promotional services for companies by sending large volumes of unsolicited commercial electronic messages ("spamming"). The spamming was designed to promote the visibility and sale of products offered by various companies. Davidson utilized the services and assistance of other individuals whom he hired as "sub-contractors" to provide spamming at his direction on behalf of his client companies.

Spamming operations

During 2002 through the middle of 2005, Davidson's spamming activities were provided on behalf of companies to promote watches, perfume, and other items. Beginning in the middle of 2005 through 2006, Davidson sent spam on behalf of a Texas company for purposes of promoting the sale of the company's stock. The company generated its income through selling low-value stock (commonly referred to as "penny stock") on behalf of small companies on the public market.

Davidson, aided by several sub-spammers, sent hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mail messages to potential purchasers throughout the United States and the world, which messages touted the penny stock as an excellent investment. Davidson possessed hundreds of thousands of e-mail addresses, which he and his sub-spammers would use to send e-mail messages. Such e-mail messages contained false header information, which concealed the actual sender from the recipient of the e-mail. Davidson provided spammed messages for approximately 19 companies. Davidson operated his spamming activities from his personal residence in Bennett, Colorado, where he had a large network of computers and servers, which facilitated his business.

Court proceedings

Davidson was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 5, 2007 for violating the CAN SPAM Act. He pled guilty in U.S. District Court before Judge Marcia S. Krieger on December 3, 2007. On April 28, 2008, Davidson was sentenced by Krieger to serve 21 months in federal prison. Judge Krieger also ordered him to pay $714,139 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As part of the restitution, Davis agreed to forfeit property, including gold coins, which he purchased with the proceeds of his activities. At the time of sentencing Judge Krieger ordered Davidson to report to a facility designated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons on May 27, 2008.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Denver field office, and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Neff prosecuted the case.


Davidson was assigned Inmate Number 35082-013 and housed in a minimum security part of the Florence Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado.

Escape and death

Davidson walked away from a federal prison camp in Florence on July 20, 2008. He was subsequently found dead in Arapahoe County, Colorado on the morning of July 24, 2008, after reportedly killing his wife and three-year-old daughter who was strapped to a car seat, in an apparent murder-suicide. His 16-year-old daughter was also shot, but has survived, while his 7 month old son remained unharmed.


Escaped 'Spam King' murders family

July 28, 2008

A 16-year-old US girl, who survived when her father shot and killed his wife and a younger daughter, says the man lured the family into a sport utility vehicle with promises of a gift and a final goodbye.

Eddie Davidson, 35, a convicted spammer who escaped from a minimum-security US jail, committed suicide on Thursday after killing his wife, Amy Hill, 29, and daughter Bailey McDaniel, 3.

Davidson was convicted of falsifying email header information for a Texas company, earning $US3.5 million between 2003 and 2006.

He was also convicted of failing to report $US714,000 in taxable income.

He was jailed in May after being sentenced on April 28 to 21 months in prison. He had been ordered to forfeit any weapons in his possession.

At the sentencing, US District Court Judge Marcia Krieger said Davidson was not considered a flight risk nor a danger to anyone.

After his conviction, Davidson became known as the "Spam King".

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

A boy, about seven months old, also survived the attack. He was found strapped in the back seat of the car. The identities of the surviving children were not released.

Federal authorities had been searching for Davidson since he and Hill drove away from the jail in Florence, south of Denver, last Sunday.

Hill phoned police to report she had been forced by Davidson to aid in his escape. The teenager also told investigators that Davidson forced Hill to help him escape.

US Marshals met Hill during the week, said Ken Deal, chief deputy for the marshals.

The 16-year-old told deputies that Davidson lured them to a home improvement store east of Denver on Thursday, then forced his way into the SUV.

He drove them to their former home south-west of Bennett, about 39 kilometres 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 house 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.

She and Hill said, "No, Eddie, we love you. Don't do it."

Once at the house, 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 was strapped to a car seat.

Mr Deal said authorities were unable to determine where Davidson got the gun. He said they were investigating whether his wife had helped him escape.


Fugitive spammer dies in murder-suicide

Colorado officials say man, woman, 3-year-old dead; 2 survive ordeal

July 24, 2008

A convicted spammer and his wife, who were being sought after she helped him escape prison, were found slain along with their young daughter Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.

A teenage girl was shot in the neck and a baby was found unhurt in a car seat inside the vehicle where the three bodies were found, Arapahoe County undersheriff Mark Campbell said. The relationship between the girl, baby and the escaped convict wasn't immediately clear.

The bodies of "Spam King" Edward "Eddie" Davidson, his wife, and 3-year-old daughter were found in an SUV parked in a farmhouse driveway in a rural part of Bennett, about 25 miles east of Denver. Authorities said Davidson was the apparent gunman.

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

Authorities had been searching for them since Sunday, when the couple drove away from a minimum-security federal prison in Florence, 90 miles south of Denver.

Eid said that after Davidson escaped, he drove to the Denver suburb of Lakewood and got a change of clothes and cash. The house where the shooting occurred was not where the Davidsons lived, Campbell said.

Davidson, 35, was sentenced in April to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $714,139 in restitution to the IRS after pleading guilty to falsifying header information to send spam e-mail, tax evasion and criminal forfeiture.

Campbell said deputies rushed to the farmhouse after receiving reports of shots fired.

They found Davidson on the driver's side of the SUV and a woman dead on the passenger side. A girl was found dead in the back of the car, and a 7- or 8-month-old boy was in a car seat uninjured.

Injured girl ran for help

Campbell said a teenage girl who was shot in the neck ran to a neighbor's house for help and has been hospitalized. He said the girl had serious injuries, but was coherent and talking when taken to the hospital.

Prosecutors said that from 2002 to 2005, Davidson's business, Power Promoters, and his subcontractors would spam people's inboxes with e-mails promoting items such as watches and perfume.

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. His bank account deposits from 2003 to 2006 totaled $3.5 million, the plea agreement said.

Prosecutors said they also found about $380,000 that he had stashed in his girlfriend's bank account over three years, and purchases totaling $418,000 from a company that sells gold, platinum, palladium and silver coins.

Prosecutors did not identify the girlfriend in court documents.

When Davidson was sentenced, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger noted it was Davidson's first serious conviction, and that he was supporting three children, which documents did not identify. She noted Davidson had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A condition of his sentence was that he undergo mental health counseling.

Michael Arvin, Davidson's attorney during his criminal trial, did not return a phone message left after business hours Thursday.


Edward "Eddie" Davidson



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