Swift Justice? Priest done in prison



Jun 3, 2003
BOSTON - An autopsy was under way Monday for the priest at the center of the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church, and investigators have begun to describe his death in a Massachusetts prison.

John J. Geoghan was allegedly strangled and beaten Saturday by Joseph L. Druce, a fellow inmate in the maximum security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley who is serving a life term for killing a man 15 years ago.

The former priest molested nearly 150 boys over three decades, documents have shown, and became a catalyst for the clergy sex abuse scandal that shook the foundations of the Catholic Church.

Geoghan, 68, was serving a nine- to 10-year sentence for assault and battery on a 10-year-old boy. He'd been in protective custody since being transferred to Souza-Baranowski in April, officials said.

Druce, 37, a reputed member of the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nation, was convicted in the June 1988 murder of George Rollo, 51, a gay bus driver who had picked Druce up hitchhiking. Druce, who then went by his birth name, Darrin E. Smiledge, attacked Rollo, stuffed him in the trunk of Rollo's car, drove him to a wooded area and strangled him, according to court documents.
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