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Comment There's an air of celebration down at The Inquirer at the news that fugitive spammer Eddie Davidson decided to do the decent thing and kill himself.

Here's our take on the story, but check out the opposition's view on the whole sorry affair.

Well, as an opener, this takes some beating: "Not all stories have a happy ending, but the tale of escaped spam king Edward "Eddie" Davidson sure does. After walking away from prison, he got a gun, killed his family, then killed himself."

That's right, Davidson also killed his wife and three-year-old daughter. Nasty. Better get a quick arse-coverer in there: "While it is hard not to feel bad for his brutally murdered wife and child, not to mention his wounded daughter, Eddie's suicide itself is the stuff of happy thoughts.

"Every deceased spammer is a million fewer in-box-clogging, malware-infested mails a day, so lets tip one back for liberal gun laws."

Yeah, you tell 'em cowboy.

For the record, the site's editorial policy states: "The INQUIRER prides itself on taking a different approach to other news sites, and we aim to present our readers with information that may well be years in advance, with no compromise reporting, to publish editorial other sites just won't get, and with no holds barred."

And just to prove it, the Davidson "comment" piece concludes: "...The spammer is no longer on the loose, and while he only got a taste of what he deserved, it is a good start. Condolences to his family, none for him. May his colleagues follow his lead in short order."

Agreed: Condolences to the remaining members of his family, and indeed the teenage girl who escaped the carnage with nothing more serious than a gunshot wound to the neck. They can all console themselves with the thought that there's one less spamming scumbag in the world. ®

Bootnote

Think very carefully before commenting on this piece. That anyone should kill his wife and child and then himself is a tragedy, no matter what your opinion of the man. Whatever his crimes, justice is a matter for the courts and the prison system.

Bootnote 2

Should the Inquirer's piece get "archived" unexpectedly, it's recorded for posterity here.

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