Littleton Cemetery as a setting for 'American Horror Story'
By Alli Sands
Jan 8, 2014
Born in 1842, famed prospector-turned-cannibalist Alferd Packer lays buried in Littleton Cemetery, block 3, lot 65, grave 5.
A humble veteran’s gravestone and gigantic concrete slab mark the spot where Packer was laid to rest in 1907. The concrete slab that sits atop Packer’s final resting place was put in to stop horror fanatics from disturbing the corpse, because Alferd Packer is best known for a macabre tragedy that took place in the Rockies in January of 1874.
After ignoring advice to postpone his journey through the snow-capped and notoriously dangerous mountains, Packer and four other pioneers became hopelessly lost and desperate. Packer supposedly resorted to eating some of his fellow travellers before arriving safely in Gunnison, Colorado.
Even though what actually took place in the snow-packed Rocky Mountains remains a mystery, Packer’s story has become legend -- so much so that scientists have attempted to use modern technology to determine the truth.
A Littleton newspaper reported that Packer’s last words were, "I'm not guilty of the charge."
The twisted intrigue of a Civil War Union soldier who attempted to pursue the American Dream and instead binge ate his fellow prospectors is an unsettling part of Colorado’s storied history that is guaranteed to unnerve "American Horror Story" audiences.
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