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October 25
Victims could now collect

October 2
Geoghan's sister hits guards

October 1
Geoghan's sister to speak

September 27
Conviction erasure protested
Druce is hospitalized again
Guard ad seeks understanding

September 24
Inquiry: Druce beaten as child

September 20
Druce pleads not guilty in slay
Geoghan claims guard assault

September 14
Report says Druce in a rage

September 13
Letter: Druce abused as a boy

September 12
Geoghan bore guards' abuse
Lawyer: Mail deluges accused

September 11
Expanded panel is sought

September 8
Druce is returned from hospital

September 5
Geoghan consultant ties eyed

September 4
Conflict raised on consultant

September 3
Bias concerns raised in probe

September 2
No new panel members seen

August 31
Geoghan panel to expand

Earlier stories

Spotlight Report

Ad by prison guards bids for understanding

By Sean P. Murphy, Globe Staff, 9/27/2003

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Geoghan killed
10/2/2003
Geoghan's sister criticizes guards

10/1/2003
Geoghan's sister to speak

9/27/2003
Victims protest conviction erasure
Druce is hospitalized again
Guards' ad seeks understanding

9/24/2003
Inquiry: Druce beaten as a child

9/20/2003
Druce pleads not guilty to killing
Geoghan claimed guard assault

9/14/2003
Report describes Druce in a rage

9/13/2003
Letter says Druce abused as boy

9/12/2003
Inmate: Geoghan bore abuse
Lawyer: Mail deluging accused

9/11/2003
Expanded Geoghan panel sought

9/8/2003
Druce is returned from hospital

9/7/2003
McNamara: A back-page death

9/5/2003
Geoghan consultant's ties eyed
McGrory: Romney can do better

9/4/2003
Conflict issue raised on consultant

9/3/2003
Bias concerns are raised in probe

9/2/2003
No new members seen for panel

8/31/2003
Geoghan panel will be expanded

8/29/2003
Group assails prison guards
Geoghan is buried in Brookline
Op-Ed: Geoghan's 'innocence'

8/28/2003
Priest in 'aggressive' case unit
Records show Druce as deviant
Voiding of record is challenged

8/27/2003
Bid to keep Geoghan at Concord
Geoghan's death voids conviction
Prison units see volatile mixes
US attorney won't rush decision

8/26/2003
Monthlong plot to kill Geoghan
Alleged killer led troubled life

8/25/2003
Geoghan was tied and beaten
Death doesn't end victim suffering
Similiarities in suspect's '88 crime
Priest seen as a prison target

8/24/2003
Geoghan is strangled in prison
A troubled life exploiting vocation

 Documents
Geoghan case letters, documents
Law deposition in Geoghan case

 From the archives
Key stories in the Geoghan case

1/6/2003
Church allowed abuse for years

1/19/2002
Geoghan found guilty of sex abuse

2/22/2002
Geoghan receives 9-10 years

5/9/2002
Law recalls little on Geoghan case

9/19/2002
Geoghan victims settle for $10m

 Complete coverage
The John Geoghan case

The state prison guards union, responding to weeks of accusations that some of its members engaged in abuse of prisoners and misconduct, has launched a $30,000 radio advertising campaign intended to gain public support.

The campaign begins about a month after the killing of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan, allegedly by another inmate, at the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

In the ad, a male voice speaks from the point of view of one of the state's 5,000 guards.

''You will be cursed at, spit at. Have human waste thrown at you,'' the voice says. ''You will see killers trying to kill again. There may by be a riot. You could be taken hostage, assaulted, beaten.

''You will search for hidden knives. Meet inmates with AIDS who want to give you the disease that will kill them. At any moment you could be killed. That's what's it feels like to be a Massachusetts correction officer.''

Since Geoghan's death Aug. 23, news reports have quoted from numerous written accounts depicting guards as abusing Geoghan, including one authored by Geoghan in 2002, while he was in the protective custody unit of the medium-security Concord state prison.

That alleged abuse contributed to the decision to transfer Geoghan to the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

When he was killed, Geoghan was serving a nine- to 10-year sentence for molesting a 10-year-old boy.

Allegations that he sexually assaulted nearly 150 children, mostly boys, helped spark the clergy sexual abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church.

Robert Brouillette, business agent for the union, said that ''like any organization, we have some bad apples, but they get weeded out.''

A spokesman for the Department of Correction declined to comment on the ads, which began airing this week.

Sean P. Murphy can be reached at smurphy@globe.com.


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