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Convicted murderer dies in prison

2012-10-09T06:03:00Z 2012-10-12T14:58:24Z Convicted murderer dies in prison Glens Falls Post-Star
October 09, 2012 6:03 am

A Granville man who was serving a life sentence in state prison for the murder of his 2-year-old son died in state prison on Sunday.

David J. Pope Sr., 67, died of natural causes in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, according to the state Department of Correctional Services.

Pope had been in state prison since 1995 for the 1972 beating death of his 2-year-old son, Howard "Hodgie" White in the family's Granville home.

The boy's death was initially attributed to "natural causes," but the investigation was re-opened in 1994, as State Police developed information he had been killed.

His body was exhumed and a subsequent autopsy found the toddler was the victim of a homicide.

Pope was convicted of second-degree murder during a 1995 trial, a trial that exposed a catastrophic failure of the child welfare system in Washington County at the time.

Acting County Judge G. Thomas Moynihan Jr. sentenced him to the maximum prison term of 25-years-to-life, a conviction and sentence that withstood a number of appeals, including one as recently as 2007.

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  1. ohmy
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    ohmy - October 13, 2012 4:12 pm
    Well did you ever think mybe the mother was also a victim??? Ever been in an abused situation, maybe the mother is guilty, but maybe she was afraid for her life and her other living childrens life, I happen to know the mother, grew up living near them, she was a good person when she was with Hodgie's dad, not sure what happened after she left Whitehall, but my guess is she was also a victim, the Pope name was well known in the Whitehall area, as David's brother was a suspect in the murder of a young woman, he was hunted down and never to be tried as he committed suicide as Police closed in on him in a Vermont slate quarry! Know your facts before you attack the innocent people and I believe she was scared for her life!
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    Baby10 - October 10, 2012 3:36 pm
    Justice is only partially served...there were two parents living in the household when the child dies. The other parent was not charged because Mr. Pope would not speak against her. She has been free all these years to live her life as she chooses. Justice will never be fully served until the truth is made known .
  3. Baby10
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    Baby10 - October 10, 2012 3:32 pm
    Mr. David Pope was arrested, convicted and serving his sentence until recently when he passed away. He is gone, nothing anyone has to say about him will hurt him in anyway. However, his children are being hurt every time they see articles and news clippings about the horrible events of the past. They live with their own terrible memories and that is enough.These children whom are all adults now deserve some sort of peace. What the public and the press should concentrate on is the fact there were TWO parents living in the household when this horrible tragedy took place. This other person was not charged because Mr. Pope would not speak against her. She is free to do as she pleases, and members of the public think she is a sweet old lady. Maybe instead of talking about a dead someone should focus on this other parent. Then perhaps maybe the children including my husband will finally have some peace!!
  4. Luzerne Giant
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    Luzerne Giant - October 09, 2012 1:08 pm
    There's no such thing as Karma...If there was he would have died a long time ago.
  5. doug900
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    doug900 - October 09, 2012 12:54 pm
    Justice is served, albeit 17 years too late! Very sick man!
  6. FESkeptic
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    FESkeptic - October 09, 2012 12:21 pm
    Karma, gets you every time.

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