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Reexamination of forensic documents relating to the Alferd Packer murder case.

For one hundred and twenty-eight years scientists, historians, and authors have debated over the guilt or innocence of Alferd Packer. Packer was accused of killing and eating his prospecting companions in Lake City, Colorado, in 1874. Mr. Packer claimed that he was innocent and that another prospector, Shannon Bell had actually committed the crime. Upon his return to camp Packer claimed he was attacked by Bell with a hatchet and he shot him in self defense. A new examination of forensic documents that includes a drawing of the crime scene and first hand testimony, giving credence to Packer's version of the incident. Dr. Rick Dujay and his students, Chad Williams and Matt Marvin, examined new forensic evidence from the murder scene that validates information contained in the forensic documents.

David P. Bailey, Chief Curator, Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction.

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Author:Bailey, David P.
Publication:Journal of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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