On the surface, the report of a long forgotten shed containing possible human remains and clues about occult rituals sounds like the makings of a horror movie -- and just in time for Halloween!
But the weird discovery made at a Lakewood property also suggests a relationship split by truly irreconcilable differences: a traditional woman of faith and her ex-mate, who apparently liked to explore the dark side.
Photos, video and the unusual details below.
The vacant house, located on the 1200 block of Kline Street, looks nondescript in the extreme -- and apparently nothing inside it struck the cleaning crew assigned to get it ready for sale as the least bit odd.
But the same couldn't be said of the shed behind it.
At about 3:30 p.m. on October 17, according to the Lakewood Police Department, officers were called to the residence after workers found what they believed to be human remains -- reportedly part of a skull and leg bone.
Animal bones also appeared to have been part of the mix, as well as odd items like this....
...and this: The bones thought to be human in origin are bound for a lab and DNA testing, but it's likely no crime will be discovered. After all, human bones can be purchased online -- and the man who previously lived on the property is described by investigators as "quite possibly an occultist."
He's not around to ask: A Lakewood police rep notes that he moved away from the home fifteen years ago and is now deceased. And while his wife lived on the property until recently, she apparently left the items in the shed undisturbed; they were covered with plenty of dust. A neighbor describes her as a "Christian."
In other words, she was accustomed to worshiping at altars very different from the one found in the shed -- which may explain why she and her husband cut ties a decade and a half ago.
Even though investigators doubt the shed is a crime scene, they ask that anyone with information about what went on there call the department at 303-987-7111. Presumably, that includes Hollywood producers trolling for the next horror francise.
Look below to watch a 9News report about the incident, followed by an interactive graphic of the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
View Larger Map
More from our Lists & Weirdness archive circa September 13: "Photos: Top ten "haunted" Denver sites to visit on Friday the 13th."
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.