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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

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Druce hospitalized again after swallowing object

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

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Geoghan killed
Geoghan's sister criticizes guards

Geoghan's sister to speak

Victims protest conviction erasure
Druce is hospitalized again
Guards' ad seeks understanding

Inquiry: Druce beaten as a child

Druce pleads not guilty to killing
Geoghan claimed guard assault

Report describes Druce in a rage

Letter says Druce abused as boy

Inmate: Geoghan bore abuse
Lawyer: Mail deluging accused

Expanded Geoghan panel sought

Druce is returned from hospital

McNamara: A back-page death

Geoghan consultant's ties eyed
McGrory: Romney can do better

Conflict issue raised on consultant

Bias concerns are raised in probe

No new members seen for panel

Geoghan panel will be expanded

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

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

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

Monthlong plot to kill Geoghan
Alleged killer led troubled life

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

Geoghan is strangled in prison
A troubled life exploiting vocation

Geoghan case letters, documents
Law deposition in Geoghan case

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Church allowed abuse for years

Geoghan found guilty of sex abuse

Geoghan receives 9-10 years

Law recalls little on Geoghan case

Geoghan victims settle for $10m

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The John Geoghan case

Three weeks after he swallowed two pencils, Joseph L. Druce, who is accused of beating and strangling defrocked priest John J. Geoghan while in prison, was back in the hospital yesterday after swallowing pieces of the stem of a pair of eyeglasses.

Druce, 38, was taken to the state-operated Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston Thursday afternoon and was expected to be returned to the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley soon, according to Justin Latini, a state Department of Correction spokesman.

Latini said the injury was not life-threatening and declined to provide other details.

Druce's lawyer, John H. LaChance of Framingham, said he knew little about the episode, but called the two events a demonstration of Druce's need for a prompt psychiatric evaluation.

At Druce's arraignment last week, a judge granted a request by LaChance for funds to pay for an evaluation. LaChance is investigating an insanity defense for Druce, who was convicted in 1989 of murdering a man in Gloucester. He has pleaded not guilty to murder in Geoghan's death.

Druce swallowed two small pencils while in his cell Sept. 5 and was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester to have the objects removed from his stomach by endoscopic surgery.

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