January 13, 2006

Investigator: Druce bragged about killing Geoghan


WORCESTER (AP) -- The man charged with killing a convicted pedophile priest in a prison cell appeared pleased with his accomplishment and bragged about it because he thought he was saving children, a prisons investigator says.

Joseph Druce said he "conned" John Geoghan into believing he wouldn't hurt him, then wrapped socks around his neck and twisted them around a sneaker to tighten the noose until the defrocked priest died, Lt. Edward Hammond testified Thursday.

Hammond, an internal affairs investigator with the state Department of Correction, said during Druce's murder trial that the inmate appeared "pleased with himself" as he gave a confession shortly after guards pulled him from Geoghan's cell at the Souza-Baranowski prison in August 2003.

Posted by kshaw at January 13, 2006 07:51 AM