MEEKER, CO – A small Colorado town is shaken over the death of a local man as he attempted to rid his house of Miller Moths. What started out as the mysterious disappearance of 63-year-old Alvin Manz, quickly turned into his mysterious death and has gotten the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department involved. “It sounds very suspicious to everyone here,” says Meeker resident Dorothy Frink. “First his car goes missing and now they’re saying that Alvin was dead inside of his home the entire time? That’s just fishy. I think we’ve got some sort of psycho, serial killer running around and victimizing small Colorado towns. Someone needs to take this serious before more people die.”
According to the Sherriff’s Department report, Alvin loaned his car to his nephew so that he could take tours of different college programs in the Midwest. No one, except Alvin’s immediately family, knew why his car was gone. During that time, Manz kept to himself and maintained his typical low profile but the community didn’t become concerned until the local postal worker watched Alvin’s mail began to pile up. That was when local authorities found Manz dead in his home. The Sherriff’s report stated that Alvin Manz was found dead in his bed and the condition in his home was suspect. Throughout the home, dozens of Miller Moths were found along with an endless amount of spider webs in every corner of the house.
After questioning local residents, the Sherriff’s Department discovered that Alvin had a fascination with spiders and was using them to get rid of the Meeker, and statewide, problem with Miller Moths. It was the spiders, however, that ended up being his demise. “Oh yeah,” Dorothy Frink continued, “Alvin loved spiders. He was completely fascinated with them; everyone in town called him Spider Manz because of it.” When asked about the Miller Moths epidemic, Dorothy nodded to acknowledge Alvin’s plan. “Those damn Miller Moths are everywhere this year. They get in your house, your car, your clothes, and your bathroom towels. They’ve taken over the town! Alvin was trying to kill them off with his spiders by letting them get trapped in the webs. I guess he had too many spiders loose in his house and one of them poisonous ones bit him. It’s a shame. He was doing it for the good of the community and it looks like it backfired.”
As the community mourns the loss of their Spider Manz, many have asked and wondered who will continue his legacy. Maybe it will be a nephew or even a niece. Regardless of who it will be, everyone hopes it will happen soon before the moths control the town. “We need someone to step up, a younger generation of Manz, and help out,” Dorothy said, “We need a new Spider Manz.”