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A look into the lesser known murders and true crime of Colorado. Learn about dark tales from Colorado and the murderous history of the Mile High City. Contact the host at: coloredredpodcast@gmail.com and find the show on Facebook or Instagram @coloredredpodcast to see photos associated with each case.
 
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In the early morning hours of July 1st, 1975, a woman was found dead on the porch steps of a trailer in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A blood trail 50 yards long marked the area where she crawled to the steps, and bloody marks on the door marked her futile attempts to ring the bell before dying. Her name was Karen Grammer, sister of famous actor Kels…
 
Grand Lake, CO sits nestled next to the largest and deepest lake in Colorado. It's full of rich log cabin architecture and charming shops and restaurants, but it has a surprisingly dark past. One of the more amazing houses in the area is nearly 150 years old and is called The Spider House, due to the intricate latticework of wood that decorate this…
 
In 1992, Grand Junction was rocked with three horrifying explosions. Pipe bombs were being planted in random places around the city and targeting no one in particular. Anyone could be the next victim by simply getting into their car or walking in the wrong place. The mystery seemed to life as investigators and ATF agents honed in on one suspect, a …
 
On August 27, 1958, 11 year old Lester Gordon Brown Jr headed alone to the circus that was in town and being exhibited at the Denver Coliseum. Lester was particularly interested in elephants and he caught the eye of a 27 year old animal trainer named Walter J Hammil. Hammil offered him a ride on an elephant after hours and this would be the last ti…
 
Bitter rivalry between the mafia controlled North and South territories of Colorado came to a breaking point in the deadliest 15 years of mafia crime in Colorado's history. The era between 1919 and 1933 was Prohibition Era and bootlegging took off, controlled by Colorado's warring mafia gangs. Joe Roma, aka "Little Caesar" the pint sized Boss, foun…
 
On December 15, 1917, in a rural farmhouse around 4 miles from Olathe, Colorado, a young boy's body was boiled in lye to make a human soap. His father, too, would supposedly suffer the same fate. The woman at the center of the murders is Mrs. Mary Bush, a spiteful woman who accused her grandson, the boy in the soap kettle, of stealing $1.35 from he…
 
On May 23, 1928, four masked robbers entered a bank in Lamar, Colorado and stole $200,000 in cash and gold bonds. In the process they shot the owner of the bank, Amos Parrish and and his son John Parrish. They took two hostages as well and drove off with guns blazing in a high speed chase with the Lamar County sheriff. By the end of the story, four…
 
On the morning of February 9, 1960, Adolph "Ad" Coors drove his car to his family's business, the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado. Only a couple of hours later his car was found running with the doors open on the Turkey Creek Bridge. Ad Coors was nowhere to be found. A ransom note arrived the next day demanding money in exchange for his safe retu…
 
On December 21, 1919, a quiet farm house in Weld County, Colorado was much quieter than usual. A family member discovered the entire family of 6 shot to death within the home, including 4 children under the age of 10. An investigation would reveal bad blood between the family patriarch Adam Schenk and Alex Miller, the farm hand who was known to be …
 
In 2004, ER doctors were stumped. Two people had now been admitted to the ER with severe complications from treatments delivered by a naturopathic "doctor" named Brian O'Connell. One of the patients had died. When they look into Brian O'Connell's past, they discover he has a long history of taking substantial amounts of money for treatments he clai…
 
On September 17, 1991, thirteen year old Heather Dawn Church disappeared with few clues from her home in the distanced and quiet neighborhood of Black Forest near Colorado Springs. For years her case sat in mystery, as if she simply stepped out of the front door and vanished. A dedicated fingerprint expert would open up pandora's box with a fresh l…
 
34 year old Paige Birgfeld went missing on Thursday, June 28, 2007. She left behind three children, a large home and several tumultuous relationships. Amongst Paige's scattered possessions along a highway were clues to a secret life that Paige lived to pay the bills. Her burned out car, her violent previous marriage, it all led to many suspects in …
 
Brawls, riots, shootings and other drunken buffoonery are only a small part of this once large and bustling town of the Rocky Mountains. Victor, CO once boasted over 15 saloons and theaters and was home to around 20,000 people in its prime. The town and surrounding mountains are still dotted with hundreds of old mines, some of which you can see and…
 
In 1987, Tom Young went missing after closing down his bookstore in Silver Plume, Colorado and walking off into the wilderness with his dog. Months later, in 1988, Keith Reinhard would rent the same shop space for his antique store and become obsessed with the mystery of what happened to Tom Young. Then one day Reinhard closed his shop and walked o…
 
The 1920's saw the takeover of Colorado by the KKK, from politics to local businesses, they had their stranglehold in the state. Colorado was also brought into the 20th Century by a barbaric lynching of a 16 year old boy named Preston Porter Jr. Learn about the brief history of the KKK in Colorado, including the infiltration of them in the 1970's b…
 
On October 29, 1996, Kimberly Greene Medina disappeared without a trace. Her husband didn't report her missing until two days later and claimed she went missing while walking to a local convenience store to buy cigarettes. The truly realities of what Michael Medina was capable of wouldn't be uncovered until nearly a decade later in 2005. This is a …
 
On January 23, 1920, shots could be heard ringing out from the Waldorf Hotel in Denver, Colorado. When police and journalists arrived they found a peculiar scene and uncovered a love triangle that involved a sick man, a woman, and an estranged husband who had been stalking his wife. Curiously, not many details remained on record about this case but…
 
On December 14, 1993, a man hid inside a men's bathroom inside a Chuck E. Cheese in Aurora, CO and came out after closing duties began. He shot everyone working in the restaurant and made off with around $1500, some keychains and some game tokens. 4 employees were killed and one survived the shooting and identified Nathan Dunlap, a former employee,…
 
On a cold December morning in Denver, CO, 1922, a Buick touring car pulled up behind an armored car in front of the Denver Mint. Four gunmen emerged from the Buick and demanded the money that was being loaded into the armored car. One of the Mint guards, a veteran of the police force, was killed during the ensuing shootout. The case wouldn't be "so…
 
On October 19, 1995 in Greeley, CO, Tina Sandoval left work to have a reluctant meeting with her estranged husband, John Sandoval, and retrieve money for an IRS debt they incurred while together. Tina was never heard from again. It would take over two decades for detectives to finally piece together the entire twisted and disgusting lifestyle of Jo…
 
In this special bonus episode I'll discuss a dark time in Denver's history that isn't well known. All across America in the last decades of the 19th Century, racial tensions flared due to labor disputes and immigration. Everyone wanted a piece of the booming Denver economy and this caused a clash that culminated in the Halloween Day Chinese Race Ri…
 
The House of a Thousand Candles sits at 1410 High Street in Denver Colorado and has been a hotbed of strange activity, some paranormal, and some criminal. The house was the inspiration for the book, The House of a Thousand Candles, written by Meredith Nicholson, who lived in the home for a number of years and went on to share his experiences with t…
 
On November 19, 2006, Nonnie Dotson walked to run some errands near Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton, CO. She was never seen or heard from again. Nonnie was an active duty Air Force officer and due to be released from the military the following May. The ensuing investigation would question whether or not Nonnie was a military deserter, a victim of …
 
On a warm April day in 1943, an apartment manager was searching an apartment building in Denver, CO for the source of a bad odor. He eventually found the source in the form of a painted wooden hope chest. What he found in the chest would launch an investigation into a tenant in the building named Bernice Williams. This story is short but tragic and…
 
On the morning of October 15, 1995 a man at a hunting site camp on the Uncompahgre Plateau in Colorado heard a woman hysterically screaming for help. He ran to the scene to find 48 year old Bruce Dodson lying on the ground and apparently dead. He had been shot. His wife Janice was screaming and throwing around his orange hunting vest and asking her…
 
In 1911 a serial killer stalked the United States by train. He would sneak into a home through a window and kill entire families with the blunt end of an axe he found in or near their home. What he did in addition to murder in the homes was even more peculiar and included destroying their heads until they were unrecognizable and draping pieces of c…
 
Randy Baker had a rough start to his year in 2017. He had heart surgery, his wife left him, and he had fallen asleep at the wheel a grand total of 5 times. But the real surprise came when Randy was found dead on August 16, 2017 by his wife Kelly. She seemed upset and so did his sister, Carol, and at first it appeared he died from natural causes. Ho…
 
Russel Gulch, CO, 1904. Azel Galbraith was never a satisfied man. He and his family lived in a quiet mining town in Colorado at the turn of the 20th Century and enjoyed the small luxuries of his salary as a business manager for a local mine. But soon his attention moved to a mistress he kept in Denver and his patience and money dwindled. He needed …
 
For decades rumors persisted about a farm on the eastern plains of Colorado where transients and farm workers would head to for work and never be seen again. This farm was owned by Tom McCormick and run by him, his two sons Michael and John and the dozens of transient farm hands they recruited from Denver. The McCormicks carried a reputation of bei…
 
On November 29, 1864, First Colorado Calvary troops of the Colorado Territory led by Colonel John Chivington, a preacher from Ohio with no war experience, attacked a camp of peace seeking indigenous tribes by Sand Creek. Nearly 200 members of the tribes were killed, mostly elderly men, women, and children. But the massacre isn't the only story to b…
 
Jacine Gielinski was on her way to visit her boyfriend on April 29, 1997 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Little did she know she was being stalked by two men in another car after they saw her stopped at a stoplight. As she exited her car to enter her boyfriend's apartment complex, the two men grabbed her and shoved her into their car. Within less th…
 
Was the Black Hand, otherwise known as the Italian mafia, a real organized crime gang or a myth in the early 1900s? Regardless of what you might think, the hysteria and murders stemming from fear and intimidation under the name of the Black Hand were real and often gruesome. In this episode I'll discuss some of the early history of Southern Colorad…
 
The Blagg family was described as a picture perfect family. They were born-again Christians and active in their community. But on November 13, 2001, Michael Blagg calls 911 from his home in Grand Junction, Colorado to report his wife and daughter missing. There's a massive pool of blood on his wife's side of the bed. At first, Michael appears to be…
 
On June 14, 2010 Kiowa High School teacher Randy Wilson was found dead by his car in a field at the intersection of two rural county roads. He had his hands tied behind his back, a bag over his head and his own belt around his neck. Clues would be few and far between in the case until a man confesses to the murder in 2017. But he doesn't confess in…
 
In this episode I'll go over some of the more notable events of the Colorado State Penitentiary leading up to the 1970's. I'll cover the execution methods including one odd execution method that was only ever used in Colorado. Also hear about some of the weirder stories of inmates buried at Woodpecker Hill including some gruesome murders.…
 
On Februrary 11, 1987, 15-year-old Tim Masters walked through the field behind his house on the way to the school bus stop in Fort Collins, Colorado. There he discovered the body of Peggy Hettrick who was lying face up with her shirt pulled up and her pants pulled down around her knees. She had been stabbed and mutilated. The investigation that wou…
 
It's June 19, 1957 and Nora "Lois" Coursey has just dropped off her 11 year old daughter at a birthday party in Englewood, CO. A woman at the party notes she forgot to pick up party napkins and Lois offers to go run an errand for the them. She walks out into her car and drives off, never to be seen by loved ones again. In the coming weeks Denver wo…
 
Danyall White couldn't believe what she was seeing when she turned on the news to see helicopters flying over her brother's home in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado in 2003. The reporter said that they were looking for bodies. It would turn out that a lot of people had heard that Richard Paul White had killed women because he told the…
 
Denver in the 1880's was rough and full of crime, and no area was more full of crime than the area now known as Lodo (Lower Downtown). Over 60 saloons were in operation but none was more famous than the Palace Theatre, who many locals described as a "slaughterhouse" due to the high volume of murders taking place there. One murder stood out though, …
 
Toni Henthorn and her husband Harold Henthorn were enjoying a weekend getaway to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park. All was going well and the couple took lots of pictures, until later that night Harold called 911 to report his wife had fallen off of a cliff miles off the trail. The death was suspicious and qu…
 
On November 22, 1928, Eddie Ives was cornered under a bed in a local party house. He shot wildly from under the bed, killing one officer and wounding another officer named Bob Evans in addition to the owner of the home. As Bob Evans recovered in Denver General, a nurse named Farice King approached his bedside and shot him through the head. She then…
 
Spider Sabich (Vladimir Peter Sabich Jr) was a professional skier at the top of his game in the early 1970's. He raced in the Olympics as well as the World Cup and owned a chalet in beautiful Aspen, Colorado. He thought he had everything he could have ever wanted until he met Claudine Longet, a beautiful french pop star, and their relationship imme…
 
It's 1911 and Gertrude Gibson Patterson valued the finer things in life, as evidenced by her taste in designer wardrobes and her secret "benefactor" in the form of a man who was old enough to be her grandfather. She also valued attention from men more her age, which is why she married a secret lover and moved to Denver, CO with him. But life in Den…
 
On April 1, 2011 Kenia Monge vanished from a club in Lower Downtown Denver (Lodo). A bizarre text message is found on her phone by her stepdad and police soon zero in on a strange man named Travis Forbes, who has a history of assault on women. As police try to figure out what he did with Kenia, they cannot imagine the horror he would be involved in…
 
In the early morning hours on a hot summer day in June, 1963, Denver Police Department received a distraught call from a man claiming he just killed his pregnant wife and three of his ten children. The bodies were found cleaned and lined up next to each other in a bed. The Monge family secrets were soon uncovered and Luis Monge's trial would go dow…
 
On October 5, 2012, 10 year old Jessica Ridgeway was walking to school when she disappeared. Her dismembered torso would be found a week later in an open space less than 10 miles from her home. The graphic details of what happened to Jessica would unfold as police interviewed the teenager responsible for her murder, a sadistic pedophile named Austi…
 
It's a cold evening in April, 1942 and 16 year old Alice Porter and her friends have just left the local high school in Pueblo, CO to head home. After leaving her friends, Alice walks the rest of the way home alone. She encounters a man who his lawyers would call a sadist and her life is taken from her after a brutal 6 hours of torture. The gruesom…
 
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