Crimes at 10,000 Feet: Alfred Packer’s Twisted Tale

In the winter of 1873, twenty-one gold-hunters from Provo, Utah set out for Colorado’s San Juan range. Ignoring dire warnings, they entered a forbidding wilderness where a sudden blizzard left them trapped—and hungry. Six weeks later, Alfred Packer emerged as the sole survivor. Soon to be revealed was a chilling tale of desperation, murder, and cannibalism. This story is told from the point of view of General Charles Adams, who first investigated the incidents. This performance revisits one of the Old West’s most bizarre crimes.