Theodore Edward Coneys

Theodore Edward Coneys

Birth
Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 May 1967 (aged 84)
Canon City, Fremont County, Colorado, USA
Burial Canon City, Fremont County, Colorado, USA
Plot Unmarked in Row 71-C-4
Memorial ID 43200386 · View Source
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Known as the "Denver Spiderman", he was an American drifter who committed the murder of Philip Peters.

In September 1941, Coneys intended to ask former acquaintance Philip Peters for a handout at his home on 3335 West Moncrieff Place in Denver. Coneys broke into the house in Peters' absence to steal food and money. In the ceiling of a closet, Coneys found a small trapdoor that led to a narrow attic cubbyhole and decided to occupy the small space without Peters' knowledge. Coneys lived in the house undiscovered for about five weeks. On October 17, 1941, Peters discovered Coneys at the refrigerator. Peters struck at Coneys with a cane he carried, but Coneys clubbed him with an old pistol he had found in the house. After the gun broke apart, Coneys continued the battery with a heavy iron stove shaker and bludgeoned the 73-year-old Peters to death. Coneys then returned to the attic cubbyhole.

Peters' body was discovered later the same day after a neighbor, concerned Peters had not come by for dinner, called the police. The police found all of the home's doors and windows locked, and there was no other sign of forced entry. They noted the trapdoor but believed a normal-sized person could not fit through it. Peters' wife, who had been in the hospital recuperating from a broken hip during and prior to Coneys' occupation of the attic, returned to live in the house with a housekeeper. Both women would often hear strange sounds in the house. The housekeeper resigned after becoming convinced the house was haunted and Mrs. Peters moved to Grand Junction to live with her son.

Coneys remained in the vacant house with the occasional signs of his occupation written off as an apparition or local pranksters. Police continued to make routine checks, when on July 30, 1942, one of them heard a lock click on the second floor. Running upstairs, the police caught the sight of Coneys' legs as he was going through the trapdoor and pulled him down. He was taken into police custody and confessed to the crime.

Local newspapers dubbed him the "Denver Spider Man of Moncrieff Place" after police detective Fred Zarnow remarked "A man would have to be a spider to stand it long up there." Coneys was tried and convicted, then sentenced to life imprisonment at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City where he died on May 16, 1967.

He is buried in an unmarked grave in Row 71-C-4


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  • Created by: Drew Smith
  • Added: 17 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43200386
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Theodore Edward Coneys (2 Nov 1882–16 May 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43200386, citing Mountain Vale Memorial Park, Canon City, Fremont County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Drew Smith (contributor 47094285) .