Suspect in 2004 cult-related slaying has case continued

Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:34
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - The case involving a suspected murderer who was a member of a cult was continued Wednesday.

Rudy Hannon made a brief appearance in New Britain Superior Court in front of Judge Joan Alexander.

Alexander Glomb, who was filling in for Hannon’s regular lawyer, J. Patton Brown, asked for the continuance so discovery could be discussed with the state.

Brown was sick, Glomb said.

Hannon, 72, of Nevada, remains in custody on $2 million bond in connection with the killing in 2004 of Paul Sweetman, a “Chief Apostle” in the 1970s cult started by Brother Julius Schacknow.

Soreky Minery, 42, is also accused of participating in the murder.

The prosecution alleges that Hannon convinced Minery that Sweetman, of Southington, was hurting his wife, Joanne, believed to be the “Holy Spirit” by cult members, and that Paul Sweetman needed to be killed, according to warrants for both men’s arrest.

Hannon and Minery allegedly beat Sweetman and then stuffed his body into a freezer at Minery’s shop in Plainville, the warrant said.

Minery then allegedly dismembered Sweetman’s body with a saw and disposed of the pieces in various places in New Britain.

Sweetman’s leg was found by New Britain police a few months later, but detectives didn’t crack the case until 2016, when a lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Division noticed that Sweetman had been reported missing around the same time the leg was found.

The investigation led police to find Sweetman’s torso buried under a shed that Minery used to own in New Britain.

Minery, who also remains held on $2 million bond, is due in New Britain Superior Court Thursday.

Hannon is due back in court on March 28.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:34. Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 20:36.