Groton murder suspect made alarming phone call before murdering his mother, grandparents; father breaks his silence

The father of a recent college graduate accused of bludgeoning three relatives and a caretaker to death has broken his silence, telling reporters outside his home that he cannot comprehend how his son could have murdered his own mother and grandparents.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Orion Krause, 22, was arrested on Friday after he allegedly admitted to killing four people: His mother, her parents, and the older couple’s caretaker. Krause had recently graduated from the prestigious Oberlin College and lived with his mother in Rockport Maine. Last week, he reportedly fled Rockport without telling her where he was going. The next day, he called his mother from Boston and asked her to come get him. When she did, the mother and son drove to her parents’ house in Groton, a bucolic Massachusetts town.

There, Krause reportedly made a phone call to an unidentified person that alarmed them enough that they contacted his family, according to CBS News. The precise contents of the call have not been disclosed.

“Our investigation reveals that at some point late on Friday afternoon, Mr. Krause made a phone call to an individual that is known to him and made statements that were concerning – concerning enough that that individual began to reach out to family members,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan told reporters.

Sometime after that, Krause allegedly beat all four of the people at the home with a baseball bat, before going to a neighbor’s house naked and covered in mud, asking for help and allegedly admitting to the quadruple homicide.

A motive for the murders is not yet known.

Orion’s father Alexander Krause spoke to a Boston Globe reporter from his home in Maine, describing his son as a “stellar student.”

“Whatever possessed my son …,” Alexander Krause said.

“There are so many unanswered questions. We may never get answers, but we want to get some answers.”

The suspect’s father also said that people should “pay more attention” to mental health issues, but declined to elaborate.

Orion Krause has been admitted to Bridgewater State Hospital for psychiatric evaluation pending a competency hearing.


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