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Alleged Killer's Mom Says He Doesn't Want To Die

Inmate Swallowed Plastic TV Cable

POSTED: 7:17 am EDT October 26, 2005

BOSTON -- The mother of the inmate accused of killing pedophile priest John Geoghan said her son doesn't want to die, despite a recent suicide attempt.

Joseph Druce's mother Donna Gauthier told the Boston Herald that her son saw suicide as a way to escape danger from fellow convicts and mistreatment by guards.

Gauthier said Druce swallowed several feet of plastic-coated TV cable in his cell on Oct. 15 because he saw it as a ticket out.

She said her son had to go into emergency surgery because the cord frayed as medics were pulling it out and it sliced a lung and his esophagus.

The Department of Correction refused to comment on the incident, but denied Druce is being mistreated.

Gauthier also told the Herald she's accepted that Druce may have killed Geoghan. She added her son is not the animal he's portrayed as.

She also said she's helping him build a Web site about his life.

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I'd imagine it was either accidentally left around, or taken from a TV on a housing unit when someone wasn't looking, and then passed around through the "inmate express". Just a guess though.
 
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