Authorities dug up the backyard of a pawnbroker's ramshackle "torture hut" yesterday searching for the graves of "six or seven" kidnap victims believed to have been homosexually assaulted, tortured, slain and buried.
Kenneth Applebyk, 27, who lives in the one-room shack, was ordered held on $100,000 bail. Appleby was arrested on a New York warrant charging him with kidnaping and being a fugitive from justice.
"There may be six or seven bodies on the premises," said Hampden County assistant District Attorney Daniel O'Malley.
O'Malley said police found a voodoo doll inside the hut with a pin stuck through it and a tag with the name of an informant who led police to the suspect's home.
Police said they found "numerous instruments of bondage" including whips, chains, swords and schackles inside the garage-sized building located on a rural road. A police spokesman said the devices would be taken to a state police laboratory for blood tests. Drugs, rifles and handguns also were found, police said.
O'Malley said New York police were checking for the names of all known homosexuals missing from the city during the past year.
"It all involves homosexuals out of Greenwich Village in New York City," He said.