February 03, 2006

Priest's will, more evidence released

Pioneer Press

Pioneer Press

Four months after a judge ruled that the Rev. Ryan Erickson likely killed two men and sexually abused a teenage boy, the Hudson city attorney on Thursday released 99 pages of records that offer more insights into the life of the troubled priest.
The records, obtained by investigators after a search warrant was served at St. Mary's Catholic Church and rectory in Hurley, Wis., include eight pages documenting dozens of images of nude young males found in a computer there.
The records also include Erickson's will, in which he assigned his large gun collection and other items to friends and family, and a statement that discussed his own failings but professed innocence in the 2002 murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison at a Hudson funeral home.
Investigators served the search warrant Dec. 16, 2004. Three days later, Erickson hanged himself from a church fire escape.

Posted by kshaw at February 3, 2006 08:19 AM