PHILADELPHIA — The lawyer for a man accused of murdering two women and kidnaping, raping and torturing four more said Thursday his client is "completely and totally insane" and entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
Gary Heidnik, wearing an oversized Navy pea coat, saluted Common Pleas Judge Charles Durham at his trial arraignment. On instructions from attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr., he declined to answer questions.
The 43-year-old Heidnik, a self-styled minister, allegedly lured prostitutes and mentally retarded women to the basement of his north Philadelphia home.
Specifically, Heidnik is charged with the deaths of Sandra Lindsay, 24, and Deborah Dudley, 23, and with kidnaping and holding captive four other women who were raped and assaulted while chained and handcuffed in the basement.