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This is the first time I knew Alferd Packer had been brought to Colorado and ended up in Cañon City. Nor did I know he was called the "Colorado Cannibal." That's more notoriety for Colorado than I can handle in one day!!! Thanks for doing this research and writing, Brian Trembath.

Yet another great story involving Tammen and Bonfils!!!

Great background to one of the many strange stories involving Tam & Bon.

My grandmother, who died in 1982 at age 98 and who spent her whole life in Denver, had a friend named Frank McLister who owned, or was part of, the Kohler McLister Paint Co. Frank's father, also named Frank, had been warden of the Penitentiary in Canon City during 1892-94 when Alferd Packer was incarcerated there. Frank Jr. used to like to tell the story of how Packer, apparently a pretty gentle soul when he was not hungry, had been his baby sitter from time to time. I have no idea how apocryphal this story is but it made for good conversation.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us, Bill! Packer definitely had a dark side, but we've run across plenty of stories that show a different side, too. 

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