January 13, 2006

Investigator: Druce thought killing Geoghan was morally right


By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer | January 13, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. --The inmate accused of killing John Geoghan claims he found religion and saw himself as a savior of abused children when he strangled the notorious pedophile priest in his cell, an investigator said Friday.

Testifying in Joseph Druce's murder trial, Lt. Edward Hammond said Druce told him he had been ordained through the mail as a minister of the "Church of the Chosen Ones."

He also said Druce said that he and Geoghan, a defrocked Catholic priest accused of molesting 150 boys, used to sit together in the cell block and talk about religion.

Hammond, an internal affairs investigator with the state Department of Correction who interviewed Druce after Geoghan's death, said Druce told him he'd "been theologized," and that the convicted killer signed a waiver of his Miranda rights as "Rev. Joseph Druce."

Posted by kshaw at January 13, 2006 01:14 PM