William J. Birnes

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William J. Birnes
Born (1944-11-07) November 7, 1944 (age 70)
Nationality American
Education New York University, Concord University
Occupation Author, Editor, Publisher
Known for UFO Hunters
UFO Magazine

William J. "Bill" Birnes (born November 7, 1944) is an American author, editor, publisher and literary rights agent. A graduate of New York University, he holds a Ph.D in medieval literature (with a dissertation on Piers Plowman) from the same institution (1974) and later earned a J.D. degree from Concord Law School.[1]

As a writer of popular nonfiction, he co-authored The Riverman with detective/academic Robert D. Keppel (1995), an account of serial killer Ted Bundy's involvement in the apprehension of Green River Killer Gary Ridgway. The book was adapted into a made-for-TV film (2004) on A&E. Following the publication of The Day After Roswell (1998), a collaboration with Philip J. Corso, Birnes has emerged as a prominent UFOlogist.

In his previous career as a literary scholar, Birnes served as a Lily Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and taught literature and linguistics at Trenton State College.

He has appeared on the History Channel's television documentary series: UFO Files (2004-2007), Ancient Aliens (2009-2013), NASA's Unexplained Files and I Know What I Saw. He starred in UFO Hunters (2008-2009) as leader of an investigative team of fellow ufologists.[2]


  • The Day After Roswell (1998) with Philip J. Corso ISBN 0-671-00461-1
  • Star Trek Cookbook (1999) with Ethan Phillips
  • Unsolved UFO Mysteries (2000) with Harold Burt
  • The UFO Magazine UFO Encyclopedia (2004)
  • Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III (2007) with William B. Scott, Michael J. Coumatos ISBN 0-7653-1087-2
  • Worker in the Light: Unlock Your Five Senses And Liberate Your Limitless Potential (2008) with George Noory
  • Serial Violence: Analysis of Modus Operandi and Signature Characteristics of Killers (2008) with Robert D. Keppel
  • The Haunting of America: From the Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini (2009) with Joel Martin & George Noory
  • Journey to the Light: Find Your Spiritual Self and Enter Into a World of Infinite Opportunity (2009) with George Noory
  • Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III (2009) with William B. Scott & Michael J. Coumatos
  • UFO Hunters (2009)
  • George Noory's Late-Night Snacks: Winning Recipes for Late-Night Radio Listening, with George Noory (2013)
  • The Haunting of Twenty-First-Century America with Joel Martin (2013)


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