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Priest's actions, statements make him suspect

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The Hudson Police Department appears to have had good reason to investigate the late Father Ryan Erickson as a suspect in the February 2002 murders of Dan O'Connell and James Ellison as well as other crimes.


The 31-year-old Erickson was associate pastor for two years at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hudson. He later moved to a church in Hurley where he was found dead after hanging himself Dec. 19.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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