Colorado · Newspaper clippings

Man who had been hiding in attic for weeks kills friend, “haunts” house for 9 more months

October 17, 1941 Denver, Colorado Theodore Coneys, later called the “Denver Spider Man,” kills 73-year-old Philip Peters after being caught stealing from Peters’ ice box Coneys had fallen on hard times and was desperate for food. He and Peters had been friends and Coneys visited his home in hopes of being invited to dinner as… Continue reading Man who had been hiding in attic for weeks kills friend, “haunts” house for 9 more months

England · Newspaper clippings

The Illustrated Police News: attacking octopus

October 17, 1896 The Illustrated Police News publishes a story about a group of bathing ladies being attacked by an octopus The story accompanying the illustration relates an account of bathers in America being grabbed by an octopus, an animal which the artist of the illustration had apparently never seen. The startled women screamed, alarming… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: attacking octopus

Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: October 17

Birthdays: Michael McKean (October 17, 1947), who starred in Clue (1985), Hider in the House (1989), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), Radioland Murders (1994), Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997), True Crime (1999), and “The X-Files” (recurring). McKean (right) in Clue Mark Gatiss (October 17, 1966), who wrote and hosted A History of Horror with… Continue reading Today in Horror History: October 17