Spider in the Attic

On October 17, 1941, Philip Peters did not show up for dinner at his neighbor’s house. The 73 year old Denver man had been temporarily living alone in his house — his wife was in the hospital, recovering from a broken hip — so his neighbors had offered him a meal and some company. Surprised (and concerned) that Peters would simply skip out on the offer, without so much as a phone call or note, the neighbors decided to call the police the next day. Police came to Peters’ house to find the doors and windows locked — and Peters bludgeoned to death. No one else was found in the house, yet there were no obvious ways for anyone to enter or exit. The mystery of the murder at the house on Moncrieff Place seemed unsolvable. Matters became worse when Peters’ wife returned home, and was now living in the house with a housekeeper. The previously quiet house was now anything but: strange noises rang, day or night, seemingly indiscriminate toward the events of the day. Neighbors and passersby attested to seeing something in the house when the residents were not. This was sometimes written off as pranksters at play, but other times, as an … Continue reading Spider in the Attic