Glenn Dennis

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Glenn Dennis
Born(1925-03-24)March 24, 1925
DiedApril 28, 2015(2015-04-28) (aged 90)

Glenn Dennis (March 24, 1925 – April 28, 2015) was a founder of the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico, which opened in September 1991, and self-professed witness to the 1947 Roswell UFO incident.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Dennis began working as a part-time assistant in the Ballard Funeral Home in 1940 while still attending Roswell High School. After graduation, Dennis was excused from wartime military service because of poor hearing, and commenced an apprenticeship as an embalmer at Ballard. He graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science on 22 December 1946 and was put in charge of Ballard's military contract, which included ambulance and mortuary services for the nearby Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF), renamed Walker Air Force Base in 1948.[3]

Roswell incident[edit]

Dennis came to the attention of UFO researchers in 1994 when he called the hotline after an episode of Unsolved Mysteries featured the Roswell UFO incident. He was the first witness to confirm claims of alien bodies at the Roswell base itself.[citation needed]

Analysis of testimony[edit]

Dennis’ accounts featured prominently in Crash at Corona published in 1992 and The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell, published in 1994, as well other pro-UFO books, but serious doubts about his story were soon raised.

Dennis's account is repeated in Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-Year Cover-Up by Thomas Carey and Donald Schmitt, published in 2007. Regarding Dennis providing researchers with a false name, they write, "His surprising and disappointing response was,... 'I gave you a phony name, because I promised her that I would never reveal it to anyone'." The authors then comment that "Dennis was found to have knowingly provided false information to investigators, and must technically stand impeached as a witness." However, the book also notes that other witnesses "have told us that Dennis had told them about the phone calls for child-sized caskets way back when it happened" and that "Dennis had told them about his run-in at the base hospital long before Roswell became a household word."[4]


  1. ^ "Roswell Files: Glenn Dennis". Retrieved 2008-02-06.
  2. ^ "Glenn Dennis, Roswell Undertaker, Obituary, Roswell Daily Record, May 5, 2015". The Blackvault. Roswell Daily Record. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ Karl T. Pflock. "Star witness: the mortician of Roswell breaks his code of silence - Glenn Dennis, a key witness in the alleged 1947 crash of a UFO near Roswell, NM". Omni (Interview). No. Fall, 1995. pp. 100–105. Archived from the original on 9 December 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2018 – via
  4. ^ Carey & Schmitt, 135

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