Joseph Beatty told police he strangled Mary Beaton then smothered her with a pillow, according to a police report.

When police arrived at Mary Beaton’s Wollaston apartment on Saturday, they found her body on a bed, strangled, suffocated and covered with a Scooby-Doo fleece blanket.


Police were tipped off to the grisly find by Joseph Beatty, with whom Beaton had a relationship, and who admitted to harming her, prosecutors said at Beatty’s arraignment on a murder charge Monday.


Prosecutors said Beatty had gone to Boston Medical Center on Saturday because he was feeling suicidal, telling staffers there that he had hurt Beaton. The hospital notified Boston police and Beatty told them he had strangled Beaton and placed her on the bed, according to a police report on file at Quincy District Court.


Beatty and Beaton had argued Saturday over a trip to Las Vegas that they were planning and over money for her rent, Beatty said, according to the report.


“Beatty said he strangled Beaton and put her on the bed. He told Boston Police Detective Sgt. Daniel Keeler he then removed her clothing and had sex with her,” according to the police report. Beatty allegedly told the sergeant that when he was finished, he “smothered” Beaton with a pillow.


Quincy police Detective Ralph Willard’s report said he found Beaton’s head resting on a pillow. Two ornamental crucifixes were on the pillow on either side of her head. Willard saw red marks that appeared to be cuts on Beaton’s neck.


Beaton’s 11-year-old daughter, who lived with her, was away with her father for the weekend, according to prosecutors.


Beatty pleaded innocent at his arraignment and was held without bail.


Beatty’s lawyer, Robert Jubinville, said that by all accounts Beatty was “a wonderful man who took care of everybody and didn’t have an ounce of violence in him. ... He is very distraught.”


Jubinville said Beatty had had a kidney transplant and had been under the care of a psychiatrist for about a year. Jubinville said Beatty is married, lives with his wife and has a son. Before going on disability, Beatty had been a printer and glass installer, the lawyer said.


Judge Mark Coven ordered Beatty to be under suicide watch at the Norfolk County Jail in Dedham, where he will be held until Oct. 7 when he is scheduled for a probable-cause hearing.


A neighbor told police Beatty was at Beaton’s apartment at least five times a week. He lives at 31 Safford St., which is less than two miles from Beaton’s apartment. He would arrive in a yellow Ford van.


Neighbors living on the first floor told investigators that Beaton had moved into the building a year to a year and a half ago, and that a man matching Beatty’s description and driving a van visited her often. He often parked the van down the street and around a corner from the apartment building, two neighbors told police.


Beaton’s neighbors told The Patriot Ledger that Beatty and Beaton often argued.


“There was a lot of yelling from that apartment,” a neighbor who would not give his name said.


Beatty’s neighbors expressed disbelief that he could hurt someone.


“Joe is the nicest guy,” a neighbor on Safford Street said. “He was very polite and would do anything to help someone out. I’m shocked to hear he would be accused (of murder).”


The Patriot Ledger