So I figured I would http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/201...rdered-in-church-beaten-to-death-autopsy?lite A popular Catholic priest viciously murdered in his California church on New Yearâ€™s Day was clubbed to death with a wooden stake and metal gutter pipe, authorities said. The Rev. Eric Freed, 56, died of blunt force trauma, although officials in the small, north coast city of Eureka declined to provide additional details Tuesday. Police were called to St. Bernard Catholic Church, where Freed had served for the past five years, on the morning of Jan. 1. Staff found Freed in the rectory around 9 a.m. after he failed to show up for Mass. Authorities identified a suspect, Gary Lee Bullock, and charged him with a special allegation of torture, as well as burglary, arson and auto theft.