But a former senior Department of Correction official who is familiar with the inquiry said there is evidence that Druce's attack should not have come as a surprise to prison officials.
Had they searched Druce's cell, he said, they would have found notes and the book he had pre-cut to help jam the door. One inmate, who asked not to be identified, has told a lawyer for Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services that he was there when Assad issued his warning about Druce in June. Department of Correction Commissioner Michael T. Maloney told a state legislative committee in October that Geoghan's was the first homicide in Massachusetts' prison system since But this is corrections. We have the most violent population in the state of Massachusetts.
This is a human system. Sometimes people make mistakes. Just hours after John J. Geoghan was pronounced dead, the Archdiocese of Boston issued a simple statement. Christopher J.
Coyne, the church spokesman, said. The next day at Sunday Mass, Geoghan's classmates from the St. John's Seminary Class of -- alerted to his death by email from their class secretary -- offered silent prayers of their own for a man they recalled as meek and self-effacing.
Maurice V. Connolly, one of Geoghan's seminary classmates. I think he was always looking for affirmation of some kind. He would bend over backwards to be friendly or do a favor to gain approval. Maryetta Dussourd, who said Geoghan molested her three sons and her niece's four sons, received news of the death of the priest she had encountered at St.
Andrew's Church in Jamaica Plain with something akin to shock. He was supposed to be in a more secure place. What survivors wanted was justice. Not something like this. At Geoghan's private funeral at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, the parish of his youth, nearly a dozen seminary classmates concelebrated his funeral Mass, said the Rev. Richard J. Butler, secretary of Geoghan's seminary graduating class and now a pastor in Stow.
During his homily, a presiding priest acknowledged Geoghan's painful life's journey and the suffering endured by his sister. Catherine Geoghan, dressed in a black suit, listened from a front pew near her brother's mahogany casket. The Rev. Joseph H. Casey, Geoghan's spiritual adviser and a part-time philosophy instructor at Boston College, offered a remembrance of his friend.
Casey said Geoghan had been falsely accused. Kennedy's parents, four Boston mayors, a cardinal, and several bishops. Under a sunny sky and surrounded by some three dozen friends and relatives, John Geoghan was laid to rest. Packard, Geoghan's trial lawyer, who now serves as a district court judge in Malden. Thomas Farragher can be reached at farragher globe. Last of three parts On the day before he died, John J. Geoghan savored an unusual prison pleasure. He won his regular game of rummy in the back of the jailhouse gym.
At Souza-Baranowski, there were only occasional echoes of such misery. But just before 7 p. Raised voices turned into raised fists.
They were the last words Assad heard from Geoghan. He gave this account: The workers were cleaning up, emptying trash into a bin about 30 feet from Geoghan's cell, when the inmate's partner told him that he'd seen Druce in Geoghan's locked cell when he peered in through the cell's narrow window.
When Druce discovered that he'd been spotted, he yelled, "Get away from the cell! Ambulance dispatched An ambulance from Lancaster was dispatched to the prison at p.
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Medical responders began nonstop cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Geoghan. Pronounce him. Correction officials also have privately questioned Assad's veracity. Authorities say Joseph L. Druce sneaked into Geoghan's cell, bound him, and strangled him to death. The series. Part 1: In death, Geoghan triggers another crisis.
Disciplinary reports. Between April 2, , and Oct. Geoghan received at least 11 disciplinary reports for violating the code of prison conduct at MCI-Concord. April 2, June 11, June 30, August 2, August 15, August 24, September 6, September 13, October 2, Letters from Geoghan.
The Globe obtained several letters written by Geoghan in prison. November 7, December 24, April 19, May 6, Death reports. The Globe obtained incident reports on Geoghan's death filed by Correction officers at the Souza-Baranowski facility.
John Geoghan's final minutes. Related coverage. The John J. Geoghan case. The clergy abuse scandal. Today free Yesterday free. Past 30 days Last 12 months. I treat myself to a latte and look around at all the familiar faces I have come to know these many months, as far as their concerned it's just another day for me as they extend their greetings.
Little do they know I won't be seeing them for quite some time. The first hint of a tear begins to fall, before the day is over I know many more will come. I get on the train heading to Manhattan, specifically Centre Street where I await sentencing at for Securities Fraud. I look around at my fellow commuters, engrossed in their NY Times, and Wall Street Journals, a scene that I participated in for 20 years as I made the trek from the suburbs to the streets of Lower Manhattan. I look out the window at perhaps the bluest sky I have ever seen, not a cloud to be had on this first official day of Summer.
I make my way to the court house, walking slowly, and hoping the sidewalk might just open up, swallow me whole so I can disappear and avoid the humiliation that awaits. I'm in sort of semi-shock I think. Waiting for me in the courtroom are my lawyers, my oldest brother Joe I have two, along with three sisters , cousin George Maguire and my Uncle and mentor, the man who got me my first job on Wall Street way back in , James J. Minutes before I am called to appear in front of Judge Michael Opus, I reach into my pockets and hand Joe my cell phone, wallet, and car keys.
I no longer have a use for any of these things. We've already said our goodbyes, out in the hallway. When I go to hug them I know it will be for the last time, for quite awhile. I don't want to let go, but my time has come.
mausmelenpres.tk The sentencing is a blur, the prosecution makes a few closing remarks, stuff like what a pleasure it's been to work with the defense, the shared cooperation, blah, blah, oh how lovely for all of you I think to myself, one big happy family. Then my lawyer stands before the Judge asking for leniency, the fact that I have never been in trouble with the law before, that this is a non-violent 1st time offense The whole time I just sit there, in shock really, staring at the floor, trying to hold back the tears I promised I would not let fall.
Minutes pass, and now it's my turn to speak. I know the Judge has already decided my fate, nothing I say will change that, but for some reason I feel the desire to say a few words.
This is probably my 10th visit to the courtroom, and I have never once had the opportunity to speak. I faintly recall saying how much I will miss my sons, the pain I have caused them along with the rest of my family. I admit my guilt, ask the Judge to be lenient, thank my lawyers, and my family for their love. I begin to sob.