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Mandan chiropractors' photos misidentified after murder suspect's arrest

Mandan chiropractors' photos misidentified after murder suspect's arrest

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Martina Isaacson got two hours of sleep after her husband's photo was misidentified as that of a murder suspect.

"I've had friends text me in the middle of the night from Phoenix, Ariz., going, 'Oh, my God, did you see this?'" she said Friday morning after a night of phone calls, text and Facebook messages that began about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after TheCount.com published her husband's photo with an article of suspect Chad Isaak's arrest.

Mandan police say photos of Erik Isaacson and Steve Nagel, two chiropractors in Mandan, have been misidentified online as Isaak. Isaak is a Washburn chiropractor charged in the shooting and stabbing deaths of RJR Maintenance & Management owner Robert Fakler and employees Adam Fuehrer and Bill and Lois Cobb. 

"Please remember not everyone posting information fact checks what they post," Mandan police said in a statement. 

TheCount.com, a gossip website, wrote a story on Isaak's arrest and "posted an image associated with the story in error," according to a note on the article. 

"That error has been corrected and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused," TheCount.com posted.

"We have a business to run, we have a community to support like we always have," said Martina Isaacson, practice manager for Mandan Chiropractic Clinic. "For somebody just to nonchalantly pull a picture up because they found a chiropractor from Mandan is just asinine." 

The Isaacsons have contacted their attorney, she added.

"We spend thousands of dollars for name recognition for (Erik) and somebody can blow it by not checking facts," said Martina Isaacson, a former Mandan News editor and Tribune advertising coordinator.

"I have learned, you check your facts." 

She said she knows of at least two other local chiropractors erroneously identified as Isaak, including Nagel and a Bismarck practician, both of whom the Tribune was unable to reach for comment after several phone calls.

"It's frustrating because people's initial response is 'Oh, my God, I can't believe they did that — chuckle, chuckle, it's not Erik,' but this is not a laughing matter for any of these doctors," Martina Isaacson said. 

She said Mandan Chiropractic Clinic planned to go about its business as usual Friday, scheduling appointments and seeing new patients.

"We're still going to support the community. We're going to move forward," she said.

Reach Jack Dura at 701-223-8482 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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