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John Geoghan - Abuser, inmate, victim
Defrocked priest John J. Geoghan listened to witness testimony during his 2002 child molestation trial.
Defrocked priest John J. Geoghan listened to witness testimony during his 2002 child molestation trial. (Globe Pool Photo)
Geoghan claimed he was being abused by Correction officers at MCI-Concord.
Geoghan claimed he was being abused by Correction officers at MCI-Concord. (Globe Staff Photo / Lane Turner)
Geoghan's gravesite at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, where he was buried on Aug. 28, 2003.
Geoghan's gravesite at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, where he was buried on Aug. 28, 2003. (Globe Staff Photo / John Tlumacki)
Authorities say Joseph L. Druce sneaked into Geoghan's cell, bound him, and strangled him to death.
Authorities say Joseph L. Druce sneaked into Geoghan's cell, bound him, and strangled him to death. (Globe Staff Photo / Tom Landers)
Part 1

Priest's death prompts increased scrutiny of prison system

(By Thomas Farragher, Globe Staff)
In death, former priest John J. Geoghan, the cruel, rapacious abuser, had become a kind of victim. An inmate with a bull's-eye on his back, he was failed by an institution that bungled its basic duty to keep him safe.
Part 2

A priest by turns demanding and timid trod prison's path

(By Thomas Farragher, Globe Staff)
Geoghan was a strange sort of inmate, a man with remarkably little self-awareness. And he showed no respect for the unspoken prison code: Inmates who want to be left alone should keep a low profile.
Part 3

Inside prison's secure unit, trouble built to Geoghan's brutal end

(By Thomas Farragher, Globe Staff)
In May 2003, a new prisoner moved into the protective custody unit at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, one door down from Geoghan. The arrival of Joseph L. Druce marked the beginning of trouble.
  Discipline reports
Between April 2, 2002, and Oct. 2, 2003, John J. Geoghan received at least 11 disciplinary reports for violating the code of prison conduct at MCI-Concord.
  Geoghan's letters
The Globe obtained several letters written by Geoghan in prison.
  Death reports
The Globe obtained incident reports on Geoghan's death filed by Correction officers at the Souza-Baranowski facility.
Complete Globe coverage:   The Geoghan case   The clergy abuse crisis
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