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The Bizarre Story Of The "Spiderman Of Denver," Who Secretly Lived In An Attic For Nearly A Year

Updated October 12, 2021 36.1k views10 items

Have you ever worried that someone is secretly living inside your walls? It’s not that uncommon for criminals to live in homes and stores that they burglarize, and there was even a murderer who hid in his victim's attic. If you aren’t up on your facts about Theodore Coneys, known after his arrest as the “Spiderman of Denver,” then get ready to go on a trip down memory lane with Spidey and his victims.

During World War II in Denver, Coneys was nothing more than a sickly grifter looking for a place to stay. He didn’t believe that he could cut it in the normal world, so he hid in a man’s house and beat him to death one day - but that’s only part of the story. Facts in the case about the Spiderman of Denver get weirder as the story goes along and it even kind of has a happy ending.

  • The Neighbors Noticed That Something Weird Was Happening In The House

    While living in his coffin sized "apartment," Coneys was known to leave his spider hole and walk around the house. A more seasoned criminal might wait until the dead of night to explore the home of the man he murdered, but Coneys was unique in that he seemed to want someone to find him. 

    Despite reports from Mrs. Peters and people around the neighborhood who claimed that they saw something moving around the house, the police refused to act. Stories of Coneys's capture differentiate here. Some people claim that the police were stationed outside Mrs. Peters's house waiting for something to happen and another source claims that the police were on a "routine inspection." Either way, they noticed someone moving through the house and gave chase. Once inside the house the police easily caught up with Coneys and grabbed him before he could escape into his room. 

  • No One Initially Knew Who Murdered Philip Peters

    It didn't take long for Philip Peters's neighbors to become suspicious when they didn't see him moving around in his home. After finding all of his doors locked, they called the police, who made the gruesome discovery. Even though Coneys claims to have cleaned the murder weapon, the police discovered the shaker and a bloody towel used to wipe it down next to Peters's body, which was lying in a pool of blood, half-clothed.

    The police searched the house and even checked out the hole in the closet ceiling that Coneys used to come and go, but they didn't think that anyone could actually fit in the opening. He later claimed that he was sitting on the makeshift door of the hole while the police searched for him. The police ended their search assuming that the killer must have been a crazed giant who had long since lit out. 

  • Coneys Should Have Been Dead Before 18

    Theodore Edward Coneys was born in Petersburg, Illinois, in 1882 with respiratory diseases that doctors thought would end his life before he turned 18. He moved around with his family for much of his youth until they ended up in Denver, Colorado. Seeing as how it wasn't likely that he would ever reach adulthood, Coneys's mother pulled him out of school, robbing him of the education that could have kept him from turning to a life of vagrancy.  

  • The Spiderman Asked His Old Friend For A Helping Hand

    Upon returning to Denver for good in 1941, Coneys sought out his old acquaintance. He had designs of asking Peters for some money and set up a plan where the two men would "accidentally" bump into one another. Coneys gave Peters his sob story and asked for some cash. Unfortunately, Peters's wife was in the hospital with a broken hip and he didn't have anything extra to give the frail middle-aged man. Even if he did have a little extra money, it wasn't Peters's responsibility to take care of some guy who showed up outside his house out of the blue. Undeterred, Coneys staked out the Peters home and memorized the old man's schedule. Coneys was set on getting something out of the old man, whether he knew it or not.