Police find vodka, pills but no answers in death of predator priest Brzyski

Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News)

September 14, 2017

By Craig R. McCoy, cmccoy@phillynews.com

[Note: See the entry for Brzyski in the accused priest database on BishopAccountability.org.]

In a celebratory Mass, James J. Brzyski was ordained a Catholic priest on a May day 30 years ago.

Stripped of his collar, he was found dead Wednesday, surrounded by pills and bottles of vodka in a Texas motel where rooms go for $43.99 a night.

Those were among the new details that emerged Thursday, as investigators tried to piece together the final hours or days of a man characterized by Philadelphia prosecutors as one of the region’s most brutal clerical abusers.

Ron Singer, the administrator of the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tarrant County, said authorities found five bottles of “cheap vodka” in the Super 7 room Brzyski rented on Seminary Road in Fort Worth. Several pill bottles were found, at least one of which was empty, Singer said.

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