To the Indians, He Was an Avenging Spirit They Spoke About in Whispers

Date: Monday, April 1, 1861
Victim: Vantress⁴
Suspect: [unsolved]
Location: Other El Paso County

Summary:

In the Spring of 1861, a man returned from hunting and found his wife and three children dead about 20 miles outside of Colorado Springs near the Sand Creek. An article in this file reports the four individuals were murdered by Indians and that the man responded by creating a…

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Until We No Longer See Through a Glass Darkly

Date: Sunday, September 10, 1876
Victim: Schlesinger
Suspect: [unsolved]
Location: Other El Paso County

Summary:

A doctor known in the area received three letters reporting the likely death of their author, a young man in the employ of General Palmer, in eastern El Paso County by means of a duel which was the result of an earlier battle in France where the decedent gravely injured…

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Date: Saturday, October 21, 1876
Victim: Brown
Suspect:
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Summary:

Primary: Francis M. Brown; Daniel Davidson

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Planning the Summary Vengeance That Awaited the Murderer

Date: Monday, November 20, 1876
Victim: Brown, Brown
Suspect: [unsolved]
Location: La Veta (Huerfano)

Summary:

A husband and wife were found dead and their married daughter with a child in her arms were all beaten east of La Veta on a road to Walsenburg. The daughter was likely to survive and give an account of the assault and murderer. The published editorial position favored the…

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file18801006

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 1880
Victim: Shavano
Suspect: Jackson
Location: Cimarron (Montrose)

Summary:

Primary: Johnson Shavano; Andrew D. Jackson

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file18801127

Date: Saturday, November 27, 1880
Victim: Robinson
Suspect:
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Summary:

Primary: George B. Robinson; Patrick Gillan

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Horrified at the Discovery of the Remains of a Second Person

Date: Thursday, August 24, 1882
Victim: Roenigk, Bagby
Suspect: [unsolved]
Location: Other Ute Pass

Summary:

In October 1883, a young man fishing a creek along Ute Pass found the long dead remains of two or three people. A newspaper employee recalled an advertisement a year earlier seeking the whereabouts of two missing men. Family and a law enforcement associate of one of the missing men…

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It Promises to Battle the Skill of the Most Expert Detectives

Date: Friday, August 1, 1884
Victim: Unidentified
Suspect: [unsolved]
Location: Manitou Park (Historic)

Summary:

The scattered bones of an unidentified man were found in a sparsely inhabited, almost inaccessible mountainous part of northwestern El Paso County. An investigation identified both firearm and blunt force as a cause of death; it also suggested the presence of a mysterious wealthy man in the area several years…

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Until the Shock and Loss of Blood Overcame Him

Date: Sunday, March 15, 1891
Victim: Basel
Suspect: [unsolved]
Location: Monument, Rampart Range

Summary:

The decomposed body of a man was found by a rancher tending to a fence west of Monument. Identification of the man was made possible by a dated, legal receipt in his pocket. The coroner theorized the man was among a group of tie choppers (lumber/timber labor) late one cold…

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Date: Friday, March 2, 1894
Victim: Rankin
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Summary:

Primary: Sam Rankin

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Cold-blooded and Daring

Date: Thursday, December 26, 1901
Victim: Gleason
Suspect: [unsolved]
Location: Altman (Historic)

Summary:

Named Within This File Primary Martin Gleason Other People Organizations or Places Wild Horse and Deadwood mines, body found at bottom of the Kalamazoo shaft, Cripple Creek

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A Deliberate Plot of Wholesale Murder

Date: Monday, June 6, 1904
Victim: Augustine, Barbar, Buckley, Deland, Haag, Hartsell, Henderson, Johnson, Kelso, McCoy, McLane, Muhleise, Ross, St. Clair, Shanklin
Suspect: Neville, Orchard
Location:

Summary:

Primary: George Augustine; Charles Barbar; Fred Buckley; S. Deland; Henry J. Haag; James Hartsell; George S. Henderson; J. Johnson; John Kelso; Herbert McCoy; Alex McLane; Arthur Muhleise; Ed Ross; Robert St. Clair; Al S. Shanklin; Harry Orchard; J.J. Neville

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