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There are literally hundreds of pages on Wikipedia that feature the word "Denver," and many of them include information that'll be new even to most natives -- about, for instance, the Denver Tool, the Denver Doll and Denver Spiderman, who was a murderer rather than a superhero. And that's not to mention Dapper Denver Dooley...
We've spotlighted the ten pages that struck as the most unusual -- and the most interesting. Check them out below, featuring photos, links and original Wikipedia text.
Number 10: Denver Spiderman
"Denver Spiderman" was the name given to Theodore Edward Coneys (November 10, 1882-May 16, 1967), an American drifter who committed a murder in 1941 and subsequently occupied the attic of the victim's home for nine months....
In September 1941, 59-year-old Theodore Coneys intended to ask former acquaintance Philip Peters for a handout at his home on 3335 West Moncrieff Place in Denver, Colorado. Coneys broke into the house in Peters' absence to steal food and money. In the ceiling of a closet, Coneys found a small trapdoor that led to a narrow attic cubbyhole and decided to occupy the small space without Peters' knowledge. Coneys lived in the house undiscovered for about five weeks. On October 17, 1941, Peters discovered Coneys at the refrigerator. Peters struck at Coneys with a cane he carried, but Coneys clubbed him with an old pistol he had found in the house. After the gun broke apart, Coneys continued the battery with a heavy iron stove shaker and bludgeoned the 73-year-old Peters to death. Coneys then returned to the attic cubbyhole.
Peters' body was discovered later the same day after a neighbor, concerned Peters had not come by for dinner, called the police. The police found all of the home's doors and windows locked, and there was no other sign of forced entry. They noted the trapdoor but believed a normal-sized person could not fit through it. Peters' wife, who had been in the hospital recuperating from a broken hip during and prior to Coneys' occupation of the attic, returned to live in the house with a housekeeper. Both women would often hear strange sounds in the house. The housekeeper resigned after becoming convinced the house was haunted and Mrs. Peters moved to western Colorado to live with her son.
Coneys remained in the vacant house with the occasional signs of his occupation written off as an apparition or local pranksters. Police continued to make routine checks, when on July 30, 1942, one of them heard a lock click on the second floor. Running upstairs, the police caught the sight of Coneys' legs as he was going through the trapdoor and pulled him down. He was taken into police custody and confessed to the crime.
Local newspapers dubbed him the "Denver Spider Man of Moncrieff Place" after police detective Fred Zarnow remarked "A man would have to be a spider to stand it long up there." Coneys was tried and convicted, then sentenced to life imprisonment at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Cañon City, Colorado.
Number 9: "Denver Dream"
"Denver Dream" is a single by Donna Summer, released in 1974. This was her first collaboration with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, a songwriting team that would stay together until 1981 and produce all of Summer's biggest disco hits. At this time Summer was living in Munich, Germany and singing backup for groups such as Three Dog Night. Through her job as a backup singer she met Moroder and before long he started using her as a lead vocalist. This single also marked the first usage of Summer's stage name (she had previously been credited as Donna Gaines, but had anglicised her married name to Austrian actor Helmut Sommer). It was released in The Netherlands, Belgium and France in 1974, but did not make any particular impact on the chart. The B-side, "Something's in the Wind," would, in 1977, be re-worked into the single, "Back in Love Again," which would become a top-40 UK hit.
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