Ten Years Ago
The Reverend Father Alfred J. Kunz, RIP
The Matt C. Abbott column
Detective Kevin Hughes of the Dane County, Wisconsin, Sheriff's Office:
"On March 4, 1998, at 7:00 a.m., the body of Fr. Alfred J. Kunz, DOB
4/15/30, was found in the hallway of St. Michael School. The school is in the
Village of Dane, population approximately 600, located in rural Dane County 5
miles northwest of Madison, Wis., the state capital.
"Fr. Kunz was the victim of a homicide. His throat was cut with an edged
weapon severing the carotid artery. He died as a result of blood loss. The body
was discovered by a teacher arriving at the school and was found lying in the
hallway near the door to the father's living quarters in the school. All the
doors to the school were locked and there was no sign of forced entry.
"Fr. Kunz was a traditional Roman Catholic priest, who had served at St.
Michael Church for 32 years. He had strong traditional orthodox Roman Catholic
views that were evidenced by the fact that he conducted Latin Masses as well as
English Masses. He was an expert in canon law, the law of the Church, and as
such many people nationwide consulted with him.
"On the night prior to the homicide, Fr. Kunz participated in the taping of
a religious radio talk program, which was to be aired at a later date. After the
taping, at 10:00 p.m., he was dropped off at St. Michael Church/school by
another priest. Subsequent to that, at about 10:30 p.m., he had a phone
conversation with another priest.
"Investigators believe the killer is someone that Fr. Kunz knew and is
familiar with the village and St. Michael's. Fr. Kunz was probably not fearful
of the killer. The attack was cowardly, unprovoked, and unexpected. The
particular motive is unknown but may be related to jealousy, revenge, betrayal,
or any other issue which was personal to the killer...."
"Cowardly, Unprovoked, and Unexpected" -- Is there
any more appropriate way to describe the Novus Ordo?
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