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July 23, 2008

No wonder the spam keeps coming...

given that this local news item reports "'Spam King' escapes from federal prison in Florence."  Here are more details:

The man known as "The Spam King" walked away from a minimum-security federal prison Sunday in Florence and was last seen in Lakewood.   Edward "Eddie" Davidson, 35, was sentenced in April to serve 21 months in prison for his role in sending hundreds of thousands of unsolicited fraudulent e-mails touting certain penny stocks as excellent investments....

He'd been in the Florence facility for about a month and a half when he escaped.  According to Lakewood police Tuesday, Davidson apparently escaped when his wife came to visit him Sunday in Florence.  "He jumped in the car with his wife," said Will Cochenour of the Lakewood police Tuesday. "When they were leaving, he forced her in the car, brought them home and left after a change in clothing. He's still at large."...

U.S. Marshals are leading the search for Davidson, with the FBI, IRS and the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force assisting. A warrant for Davidson was issued shortly after his escape.

Between 2002 and 2005, Davidson's Power Promoters spamming network promoted watches, perfumes and other products, U.S. Attorney Troy Eid said. Then he started concentrating on a Texas company's penny stock.

My own theory is that Eddie Davidson is headed west in the hope of tracking down Robert Alan Soloway, who appears to have "stolen" the title of "Spam King" as detailed in prior posts here and here on Soloway's federal sentencing.  Soloway got more than twice the time that Davidson got, so I think Soloway has come by the title honestly.  Nevertheless, I am hoping that Vince McMahon gets wind of this potential feud and arrange a cyber-cage match to settle who the real Spam King is.

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With any luck, he'll get himself shot.

Posted by: anonymous | Jul 23, 2008 2:01:26 PM

I think we should turn out attention away from spam. We need to end stupid email forwards.

Also, Myspace annoys me.

Posted by: Sr.cotus | Jul 23, 2008 4:52:23 PM

A convicted spammer walks away from prison? Pretty amazing. Internet crimes are difficult to sentence, because judges and juries aren't always able to guage the weight of the crime.

Posted by: JT | Jul 23, 2008 10:17:34 PM

I wonder what motivated him. A year and a half is not a sentence with no light at the end of the tunnel, and a typical fellow inmate in a lower security federal facility like that one is probably about as good as it gets for someone serving a prison sentence.

Weighed against a reasonably long sentence for escape if he is recaptured, or a lifetime on the run if he is not, it is a surprising move unless he felt that he was facing some sort of imminent threat while incarcerated.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Jul 24, 2008 2:08:15 PM

A year and a half in a minimum and he walked away. You're right ohwilleke, it doesn't get much better than that from the feds. Poor idiot, he has no idea what he walked away from, and is walking into. Now the Dark Side will find him and punish him well in excess of anything he deserves. Fool.

Posted by: babalu | Jul 24, 2008 3:43:25 PM

Guys, it looks like he murdered a woman and a 3 year old girl and killed himself.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 24, 2008 9:40:01 PM

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