[Paleopsych] AP: Inmate Testifies Why He Killed Molester Priest
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Inmate Testifies Why He Killed Molester Priest
[I have been told that child molestation is a worse crime than murder,
since the molesters get worse treatment by other prisoners. This article
is evidence of that. But why should this be?]
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WORCESTER, Mass., Jan. 23 (AP) - The prisoner who strangled the
child-molesting priest John J. Geoghan behind bars testified Monday
that he had resolved to kill him after Mr. Geoghan arrogantly
brushed off criticism that he had "destroyed all kinds of lives."
The witness, Joseph Druce, took the stand a second day at his trial
for killing Mr. Geoghan, who was serving time for groping a
10-year-old boy, had been accused of molesting 150 other children
and had been defrocked. Mr. Druce, who is already serving a life
sentence for another killing, has pleaded not guilty by reason of
insanity, arguing that his own molestation as a child and years in
prison had filled him with rage.
Mr. Druce, 40, said that in the weeks before the killing, he twice
confronted Mr. Geoghan, then 68, about the former priest's
molesting children. Mr. Geoghan was "arrogant" and said he was
worth far more than the millions that the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Boston had paid to settle lawsuits involving his
offenses, Mr. Druce testified.
"I was just, like, 'That's it, that's it, I've got to stop this,' "
Mr. Druce said. "I couldn't get it out of my head."
Mr. Druce said he had overheard Mr. Geoghan talking on the phone to
his sister, as well as engaged in conversations with other
prisoners, about plans to move to South America once he was
released so he could work with children again.
Once, Mr. Druce said, he heard Mr. Geoghan discussing with other
prisoners how to molest young boys.
"That just, like, freaked me out," he said.
He said that during one conversation, he told Mr. Geoghan: "You're
bankrupting the archdiocese. You're costing them $10 million" - a
reference to the amount the church had paid to settle lawsuits.
Mr. Geoghan replied, "I'm worth $20 million," Mr. Druce said.
During a later conversation, Mr. Druce said, he told Mr. Geoghan
that in molesting 150 to 200 children, he had "destroyed all kinds
of lives." Mr. Geoghan responded, "I'm worth 300 of them," the
When asked by his lawyer why he had killed Mr. Geoghan, Mr. Druce
referred to his claims that he had been molested as a child.
"I wanted to get the thoughts out of my mind of being molested
myself, and the arrogant way he answered my questions," Mr. Druce
He also said he had wanted to "make a statement."
"I had seen myself as the designated individual who had to put a
stop to the pedophilia in the church," he said.
The judge in the case, Francis R. Fecteau of Worcester Superior
Court, told the jurors Monday that they would hear closing
arguments and begin deliberating on Thursday.
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