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I've wished that spammers would die, but I never meant it literally.
Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.

The implication is that he was murdered for spamming, since he'd received death threats for spamming previously. Crazy, crazy people.

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This is almost an exercise in statistics.

Here's a guy who has spent years deliberately infuriating literally millions of random people that he has never met.

The percentage of amoral murderous psychopaths in the population doesn't have to be all that high for him to be guaranteed to have infuriated a whole bunch of amoral murderous psychopaths that he has never met, and he has no idea who they are. But given sufficient motivation, they can find out who he is. And some subset of those will be in a position (geographic or opportunity) to do something about it.

Sure, that's a possibility. There are certainly enough crazies (and the address is published enough) to make that a strong liklihood. I just thought it was amusing that that it was a foregone conclusion. I'd just give it a 50/50 chance of it being random.

Reporter: Did the deceased have any enemies?
Police: Yes, most of eurasia wanted him dead.

Kind of hard to investigate this one.

Very true. Large list of suspects.

Police: Do you live in Eurasia?
Random Person on the Street: Yes.
Police: Hey boss! Another suspect!

A dude named Bell wrote some article along those lines a while back. Basic premise was "anonymous e-cash means that if a lot of people hate you they will take up a collection and have you rubbed out." I think the underlying theory was that if a million people donated a buck to the "die you damn spammer" fund that the Mafiya would have him sleeping with the fishes in no time.

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