August 25th, 2003


Convicted child molester/priest - attacked & killed in prison

Holy crap.

Snippet from linked article above.
    Fellow inmate attacked, strangled Geoghan

    The Washington Post

    BOSTON -- John J. Geoghan, the former priest and convicted child molester killed in a Massachusetts prison Saturday, was followed into his cell just after lunch by a fellow inmate who bound and gagged him before strangling him with a bed sheet, according to a union representative for prison guards.

    The attacker, whom authorities identified as Joseph L. Druce, jammed the electronically operated cell door to prevent guards from opening it. Druce tied Geoghan's hands behind his back with a sheet and gagged his mouth. He then repeatedly jumped from the bed in the cell onto Geoghan's motionless body and beat the defrocked priest with his fists.<--snip--

    The 68-year-old priest, who was being held in protective custody in a unit with 23 other inmates, ostensibly to keep him safe from the general prison population, <--snip--

    Druce, 37, was immediately isolated and will be charged with murder, investigators said. Massachusetts does not have a death penalty, so it is unclear what additional punishment Druce could receive since he is serving a life sentence for strangling a man to death in 1988. He also was convicted while in prison of attempting to spark an anthrax scare by sending envelopes filled with white powder and covered in Swastikas to some 30 Jewish lawyers across the country in 2001. <--snip--
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ATM Warning

I pretty much stay away from these little ATM's because their fees are so crazy... Plus lots of places let you do cash back now...
But if you're in the habit of using ATMs a lot --- this is for you, baby!

    Free-standing ATM machines are risky
    Clark has always recommended that you only use the ATM machine at your own bank so you avoid paying those pointless fees other banks charge. But now he’s got an even better reason for you not to use rogue ATM machines. Criminals are now buying ATM machines and setting up shop in convenience stores and gas stations. They don’t want them so they can take your money when you use the machine. They want them so they can steal your information and THEN take lots of your money. These days, people can buy a nice ATM machine for the cost of a car and a cheap one for a couple thousand dollars. So criminals are now buying them up attaching a device that reads your card information and code when you punch it in. In one month, one machine can capture the information from thousands of cards. The criminals then take your information and use what are called “card blanks” to withdraw money over and over. One man alone was able to steal $3 million using this scheme. The majority of these free-standing machines are legitimate. But anyone can buy these machines and use them for criminal purposes. You won’t know whether you’re getting money from a legitimate machine or one that is stealing your information. So, it’s best to just leave them alone. The safest place to use an ATM is at your own bank or credit union. The next safest spot is at a bank with a well-known or recognized name.