Geoghan’s Killer Jammed Jail Door During Attack

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The Washington Post reports that John J. Geoghan, the former priest and convicted child molester killed in a Massachusetts prison Saturday, was followed into his cell just after lunch by a fellow inmate who bound and gagged him before strangling him with a bed sheet, according to a union representative for prison guards.

The attacker, whom authorities identified as Joseph L. Druce, jammed the electronically operated cell door to prevent guards from opening it. He tied Geoghan’s hands behind his back with a sheet and gagged him. He then repeatedly jumped from the bed in the cell onto Geoghan’s motionless body and beat the defrocked priest with his fists.

It took several guards to pry open the door.

Druce’s father, who is estranged from his son, said his had a grudge against gays.

Geoghan, who was 68, has been accused of molesting nearly 150 children, mostly boys.

Prison officials are investigating the slaying.


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