Naked man knocks on stranger’s door to confess quadruple murder

Victims described as an elderly man and woman and two middle-aged women

Sally Hayden
Sunday 10 September 2017 16:39
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'I can’t fathom why somebody would do this,' victim's sister says
'I can’t fathom why somebody would do this,' victim's sister says

A naked man knocked on a couple's back door to confess to the murder of four people, following a crime that has shaken a small town in Massachusetts.

Wearing no clothes, covered in mud and with blood on his face, the man appeared at Wagner and Thekla Alcocer's home in Groton on Friday evening. He asked for help before telling the pair he was responsible for the killings then saying he needed sleeping pills.

The Alcocers called the police, who launched an investigation around the neighbourhood before confirming that what the man said appeared to be true.

District Attorney Marian T Ryan described what happened as “a tragic incident of family violence."

Ms Ryan described the victims as an elderly man and woman and two middle-aged women, and said they were known to their attacker.

Orion Krause, 22, has been charged with four counts of murder.

Mr Krause was later revealed to be a 2017 graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio.

Among those killed was Bertha Mae Parker, 68, a caretaker. “I can’t fathom why somebody would do this,” her sister Mary Webb told the Boston Globe. “It’s still such a shock.

“For this kind of thing to happen, it’s so senseless.”

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