Davidson had been 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.
Looking at Davidson's murder-suicide as some type of victory over spam as opposed the murder of a woman and her child is a sign of innate sickness. Still, Charlie Demerjian of The Inquirer - a British technology tabloid - couldn't resist putting his humanity aside to gloat over three dead bodies.
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.
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.
Keep in mind that a 7-month child involved (unharmed) and a teenage girl was shot in the neck during the carnage. And keep in mind that Davidson had been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder prior to his original sentencing. All told, this comes off as a horrifying act of violence against women that appears like it could and should have been prevented.
And while mainstream news sources have been mostly unable to get the headline of "Spam King Kills" out of their mind while reporting on this story, at very least most have reported it as a horrifying crime.
But not Demerjian. No, see he writes for a technology Web site, so apparently the tenets of humanity don't apply. No, for him and the Inquirer, the real story is that some rotten spammer killed himself and that he deserved much worse for clogging their e-mail inboxes.
Imagine how excited Demerjian must have been to write that commentary. How witty he believed himself. How "hardcore techie" he felt as he triumphantly declared victory over a spammer who took the lives of those that trusted him. But whether it was a grisly attempt to score more readers or a true disconnect from humanity, the end result was simply heinous.
Technology is no replacement for humanity. And writing for a technology magazine doesn't give one a free pass to push aside the dead mother and child in order to dance over the dead body of the killer because he was a a convicted spammer.
Note: You can see the Editor's pathetic attempt at an apology here.