Polly Sullivan kept lighthouses in her window, miniature beacons that illuminated the old military dorm at Lowry that had become Crooked Tree, a shelter for the once-homeless. Tenants saw it as comforting. But on Christmas Day 1998, someone walked into Polly's second-floor apartment and turned off t ... More >>
Linda TorrezKristen Stillman had been on the witness stand for two days -- talking about how her mother had dropped Kristen and her twin brother, Will, off at a house in northwest Denver when they were eight, and how the head of that household had abused them emotionally, physically, sexually ... More >>
For decades, the area around Union Station was Denver's heart, the place where many people (myself included, on a train from Chicago) got their first glimpse of the city. But a century after Denver's founding, air travel was taking over the "Travel by Train" touted in neon above the station, ... More >>
Kristen Stillman.When people hear Kristen Stillman's story -- how her mother left eight-year-old Kristen and her twin brother, Will, at a house where they suffered horrific abuse for a decade, with Kristen giving birth to four children by head of the household/rapist Eric Torrez by the time s ... More >>
Anderson Cooper.Last week, Anderson Cooper interviewed Willow the Cat. On Monday, he featured two more Coloradans on his new show, Anderson -- but the story of Kristen and Will Stillman, which first appeared on the cover of Westword a year ago, isn't nearly as warm and fuzzy.
The house.Last September, I told the story of Kristen Stillman. She'd survived incredible horrors while imprisoned in a home in northwest Denver, where her mother had left Kristen and Will, her twin, when they were just eight. Eric Torrez, the head of that household, tortured the twins, rapin ... More >>
Jaycee Dugard got a $21 million settlement from California, a book deal and a two-hour, prime-time interview with Diane Sawyer Sunday night. Kristen Stillman got a bill from Denver County and a story in the August Glamour, hyped on the contents page -- under a story on jeans that make you sli ... More >>
Kristen Stillman.In early 2010, the media circus surrounding the trial of Willie Clark for the murder of Darrent Williams completely overlooked a real show in a nearby courtroom -- but law-enforcement authorities didn't miss the irony. The case of Eric Torrez and his crimes against Kristen an ... More >>
Kristen Stillman Kristen Stillman has a second chance at motherhood. A victim of horrific abuse for more than a dozen years -- which resulted in her giving birth to four children before she was twenty, all fathered by her rapist -- she'd been in court to testify against Eric Torrez, who wound ... More >>
Kristen Stillman.Kristen Stillman, whose story Westword first told back in the September article "Kristen Stillman puts her family first: That's why she's letting her four kids go," was sitting with her twin brother Will at a local Denny's yesterday, making the kind of plans for their future ... More >>
After a six-month battle to place its McCruelty statue -- a giant maimed chicken -- near the McDonald's on the 16th Street Mall, a fight that involved plenty of legal squawking and wing-flapping, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has given up on Denver. The city should be lovin' it.
The horrors that Kristen Stillman has endured in her short life are beyond imagining: abandoned at the age of eight by her mother, raped repeatedly by the man she was left with, bearing four children fathered by her rapist before she was twenty. And then the final injury, one far easier for m ... More >>
The outpouring of support for Kristen Stillman, the survivor of horrific abuse who first told her story in the September 9 issue of Westword, has been amazing. Many, many people want to know how they can help her, and I thought a follow-up that will be published here today would have an answe ... More >>
Kristen Stillman.What happened to eight-year-old Kristen Stillman and her twin brother after their mother left them in northwest Denver was unspeakable. And after a few frustrating attempts to tell adults of the abuse, Kristen quit trying. A prisoner, she stayed silent through four pregnancie ... More >>