Home Invasion: More than Just Burglary
They say that a man’s home is his castle, and we’re willing to take that saying one step further. Everyone has a right to live in a space that they know won’t be invaded and which they know is entirely safe from prying eyes and malevolent intent. However, obviously some people in the world did not get the memo on that, and the result is home invasion.
A home invasion can be as simple as a burglary. Though that’s terrifying enough, what about the people who enter your home without your awareness… and then never leave?
In 1941, Theodore Coneys was riding a rough edge and went looking for his old friend Phillip Peters in Colorado. He came to Peters’ home, and since Peters wasn’t at home, he made the logical choice to move straight into Peters’ attic, accessible only through an extremely small door. Over the next few months, he lived undetected in Peters’ home. One day, his miscalcuated, and when he was discovered, he killed the older man before returning to his attic. He remained undetected even after Peters’ widow moved in with her son, and the house acquired a reputation for being haunted. Coneys lived in the Peters’ home for 11 months before finally being discovered and charged with murder.
Some home invasions are very personal. A woman living in Modesto, California got the idea that she wasn’t as alone in her home as she thought she was, and she realized it likely had something to do with her ex, Miguel Lua. She tried to ignore the signs until she woke up one day to find her phone gone, and she called the police. Police found Lua hiding under a piece of insulation, using the woman’s phone to see if she had called other men.
In 2008, a Japanese man realized that something was going oddly in his home. Nothing was disturbed, but he realized that he was losing food. Even though the doors and windows were locked, this kept occuring. Confused, he set up a camera that very quickly captured Horikawa Tatsuko, an older woman who had been living in the top shelf of his closet. When he was gone, she would venture out to eat, watch television, and shower.
In 2008, a family in Pennsylvania found that some of their Christmas presents were going missing. Some of the items disappeared early in the morning, while others disappeared that evening. It was like someone had broken into their home twice in one day. The next day, they found footsteps in their closet at the doors leading up to the attic. As it turned out, a man named Stanely Carter was living in the attic space that the family shared with the other side of the duplex. Carter had been asked to leave by his roommates, and instead had ended up in the attic.
Velma Kellen was a 73 year old woman who over time noticed that strange things would occur in her home. The back gate was left open, she could smell ‘odd’ cigarette smoke, and over time, she realized she couldn’t heat her home appropriately. When she called a repairman, he found alcohol in the crawlspace under her home, and the vent had been cut to heat the area. Essentially, someone had been living in the space for close to a year, unbeknownst to to Kellen and her three dogs.
Carlo Castellanos-Feria became obsessed with a woman, and he took it to a new low. Castellanos-Feria was a valet, and he made a copy of her keys. After that, he sneaked into the home she shared with her boyfriend, wher he lived under their bed for two days. He was found with her wedding pictures, which he had removed from the home of her ex-husband.