Rockport man arraigned in MA court, charged with four counts of murder

Four people bludgeoned to death in 'tragic family violence' in rural Massachusetts

Four murdered in small town in Massachusetts - first homicides there since 1996

Orion Krause was arraigned Monday at Ayer District Court for the slayings of an elderly man and woman in their eighties and two middle-aged women on Friday. "I have in my head this image of this kid looking at me and saying, 'I murdered four people, '" he said.

A not-guilty plea was entered on Krause's behalf.

Judge Margaret Guzman ordered Krause held without bail Monday and committed to Bridgewater State Hospital, where he will undergo a competency evaluation.

The identification of the victims continues to be withheld pending positive identification by the Office of the Medical Examiner and notification of family members, according to a release from the DA's Office. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m.at the Groton police station.

Among them was Elizabeth "Buffy" Krause, Orion's mother, according to reports.

Krause is a recent Oberlin College graduate and jazz drummer. Krause, was escorted away by police.

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Additionally, the Lowell Sun said the police report from September 8 has been impounded.

Officials discovered the gruesome scene at the end of a sprawling driveway on Friday, with one body outside the house and three bodies inside.

Alcocer, who lives with his wife, says the 22-year-old said very little, except that he wanted his sleeping pills and needed help, repeating over and over again that he had just murdered four people.

Alcocer said the young man was naked, covered in mud and vulnerable.

It was Krause and he was asking for help. Alcocer thought that Krause might have been in some sort of accident but then the naked man simply stated "I murdered four people", according to Alcocer's account. The sullen young man stared down at the ground as he was led into court.

The Sun reported that the killings are believed to be the first homicide case in Groton since 1996. Authorities have not revealed the identities of he victims or the suspect's relationship to them.


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