In a bizarre and mysterious case, Orion Krause allegedly killed his mother, his maternal grandparents, and his grandparents’ caretaker, then showed up naked at a neighbor’s house in the quiet town of Groton, sitting down in a patio chair in the yard before police arrested him.
Newly released police reports in the case recounted an odd statement by the 22-year-old Krause but did not shed any further light on his alleged motive or mental state. Krause is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.
The reports also contained grisly details of the crime scene and a description of the actions of officers who began investigating the crime.
Here are some important new details of what police alleged in the reports, which were submitted in support of four murder charges against Krause:
■ Orion Krause started to sing quietly as he sat in the patio chair in the neighbor’s yard on Sept. 8, and he allegedly told police officers, “I freed them.”
■ Krause told officers the same thing he had told the shocked neighbor who called police, “I murdered four people.” When police asked whom he had killed, he told them it was his grandparents, his mother, and his grandparents’ aide. He also told them, “I killed my family with a baseball bat” and gave police his grandparents’ last name.
■ After it became clear that victims had been found, officers read Krause his Miranda rights. He said he understood them. Then, asked if he would speak to police, he said, “No.”
■ Police approaching the house where the victims were found saw a light and TV on in the background. Looking in a bay window, they saw two “elderly-looking” people seated in chairs with “severe trauma to the face and forehead.” Concerned for their safety, police grabbed medical bags, tore the screen out of the screen door, kicked down the front door, and rushed in. Inside they found a third victim, also sitting in a chair, also with a massive injury to the face.
■ Police swept the house to make sure it was clear. On their way out, walking out into the driveway, they found the fourth victim. The person was face-down in the flower bed. Police found “what appeared to be several feet of drag marks in blood on the driveway next to the victim.”
■ While being examined at the Nashoba Valley Health Center, Krause told a nurse that he “takes heroin.” The reports did not provide any further details.
■ A police K-9 started a track at the house’s driveway, immediately locating a cellphone in the grass that appeared to have blood on it. The dog headed toward the back of the yard and found a blue shirt and a golf glove, then pulled the officer into the tree line, where he observed a golf bag, a baseball bat that appeared to be covered in blood, some clothing, and a backpack. The dog later followed a track to an area near the house where Krause was found. The dog found a pair of shoes and some clothing in the middle of a “thick pricker bush.”