February 03, 2006

Priest believed to have killed two told of 'wretched life'

Janesville Gazette

(Published Friday, February 3, 2006 08:59:19 AM CST)

Associated Press

HUDSON, Wis. - A late priest who a judge ruled likely killed two funeral home workers nearly four years ago wrote in his will that he led a "wretched life," was lustful, did things in the heat of passion and was disappointed in "all of the evils I have all too often performed," police documents show.

But the Rev. Ryan Erickson used the will to deny again that he killed Dan O'Connell or James Ellison, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported after reviewing the documents released Thursday.

The 99 pages of documents released by the Hudson Police Department indicate that Erickson's computer, seized from a church in Hurley, contained images of child pornography and jokes about sex and the church, the newspaper reported.

Erickson, 31, hanged himself about a year ago at a church rectory in Hurley in far northern Wisconsin, just days after police questioned him in the slayings.

Posted by kshaw at February 3, 2006 09:35 AM