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Resource ID: #20862
Subject: Crime
Source: Boston Globe
Date: November 30, December 1-2, 2003



"John Geoghan was the face of the sex-abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church in 2002. The defrocked priest's record of molesting nearly 150 children over the course of three decades came to symbolize the church's unwillingness to confront the misdeeds of pedophile clerics. Yet the horror surrounding Geoghan took a shocking new turn when he was murdered in his prison cell." Boston Globe reporter Thomas Farragher "set out to investigate how such a thing could have happened to one of the most conspicuous inmates ever to enter the state prison system." Although almost no records were disclosed about Geoghan's death by the Department of Corrections, and despite a warning put out by the prison that any correctional officer who spoke to the media would be fired, Farragher was able to obtain Geoghan's complete disciplinary records, confidential reports on his murder, and even some personal prison correspondence. He also developed sources both inside and outside the prison, including Geoghan's own family members, to construct a portrait of the former priest and the events leading up to his death.

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