28, 1:01 PM PST
Pedophile Priest Murdered: Last Rites
Debate Sparks 10th Crusade
by Cappy Ahab,
WORCHESTER, MASS. -- Prosecutors investigating the prison death of defrocked
priest John Geoghan are curious to know if a failure in security
procedures may have contributed to a prison environment that
allowed a mass-murdering neo-Nazi -- who hated homosexuals and
frequently killed other inmates convicted of pedophilia -- the
opportunity to slay the otherwise innocent molester.
L. Druce is accused of strangling Geoghan to death on Saturday
at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass.
"It is too soon to tell, but we probably
shouldn't have given Druce all those guns and nooses," state
Assistant Public Safety Secretary Eugene Barnacle said Monday.
"We cannot escape the fact that an inmate was murdered while
in the care of the Department of Correction."
"Then again, maybe we can," Barnacle
continued. "An autopsy may show he had a heart attack. Maybe
a bowel obstruction, if indeed we ever find the deceased's intestinal
Governor Mitt Romney appointed a panel
to conduct an independent investigation on Monday. Surveillance
cameras filming the protective custody unit while the attack
took place also are being reviewed, but have been rated MA for
violence and brief nudity.
"At least," said a Romney spokesperson,
"we think it was nudity. Might have been a porcelain toilet
seat. These surveillance photos are pretty grainy."
John Phillips Sousa's
Decendent Weighs In
Assistant District Attorney Dana Plato (no relation to the deceased
television star of the same name) said part of the investigation
would try to determine why the prison went unstaffed for two
weeks while the warden took his employees on a retreat to the
Baltimore Orioles Fantasy Camp.
Hoyt Pootie -- director of litigation for
the prisoners' rights group "Jail! What Is It Good For?"--
reported to the national prison newspaper The Doin' Times
that 17 prisoners at the facility had been slain by Druce in
previous weeks, but none of them were even kind of famous.
Druce is believed to have acted alone,
except for the massive supply of ammunition he received in a
care package from People for Imprisoned Ex-Priest Assassination
It's unclear whether the ammunition played
any role in the death of Geoghan, or the subsequent prison revolution
that has taken place at Souza-Baranowski.
When asked his opinion about the attack,
Arnold Henry Sousa, descendant of famed American composer John
Phillips Sousa, said, "Oh, I get that all the time. It's
a different Souza. With a 'z'. We don't have any prisons named
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