The Espinosa Brothers: Colorado’s First Known Serial Killers

In the spring of 1863, residents and travelers through the young Colorado Territory feared for their lives as account after account of vicious murders were reported.  The murders were a mystery until a wagon driver, attacked and lucky enough to get away, identified the brothers and their gang of cousins.


The gruesome story of revenge, violence and thievery begins with the brothers’ arrival in Colorado, movement from the Fort Garland area to El Paso County, their killing spree in South Park, the demise of one of the brothers by miners in the mountains, followed by the remaining brother, Felipe, recruiting a nephew to continue the reign of terror.  The group boasted of 30+ murders.  The trail of killings ends with the capture, demise, and beheading at the hands of frontiersman and scout Tom Tobin.  A real historical thriller! 

This illustrated program will be given by Colorado Springs native Dwight Haverkorn.  After obtaining a business degree, Dwight worked for NORAD and then several years for the CSPD retiring in 2003 as an investigator in the City Attorney’s office.  Doing historical research for the City created an interest in local history.  He has compiled “Homicides of the Pikes Peak Region: 1872 to the Present” available in Special Collections at the Penrose Library.  Another work in progress is “The History of the Colorado Springs Police Department: 1872 to the Present.”   Dwight is currently President of the El Paso County Pioneers Association.

The program will be Friday, February 8, at 11:00 am at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th Street, Colorado Springs.  Doors open at 10:30, come early to browse the museum, bookstore and enjoy refreshments.  Seating is limited.  Society members free, nonmembers $5.  Info 636-1225 or

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