Temporary Exhibits

Alferd Packer

Solving One of the West’s Great Murder Mysteries

Open until October 1, 2018

David Bailey, Curator of History and Director of Western Investigations Team, explains the complex forensic investigation of Alferd Packer and the notorious murder site in Lake City, Colorado.

Packer, known as the Colorado Cannibal, was accused of killing and eating his traveling companions in 1874. Bailey’s ten-year historical investigation of the case and his discovery of new forensic evidence solved Colorado’s most famous murder case.

The exhibition features Jack Murray’s paintings of the investigation, forensic evidence that has never been shown to the public, and one of a kind western relics and historical memorabilia from the Packer case.