Wednesday, December 31, 2008

UFOs: A New Year And Renewed Hope

Dedicated To Glenn Dennis & Miriam Bush

And the Dumbest Debunker Of The Year Award goes to:
Burien Dunning, for his article “Betty And Barney Hill The Original Abduction”, complete with outright lies and distortions. Dunning has done it. I quote:
“Innumerable books(3) and movies(1)have been made about the Betty and Barney Hill abduction, you almost never hear a critical treatment of the them”.
You’re a funny guy, Brainless Brian.
Sometimes debunkers’ statements are so full of c**p no response is really necessary.
Thanks to Stan Friedman, for his Dec. 2008 article in MUFON Journal.

I just read a wonderful article by Anthony Bragalia, which turns out to be a great detective story about famous Roswell witnesses:

Glenn Dennis, former Roswell mortician, was a primary witness to the Roswell crash ET connection. Decades ago, Glenn Dennis related to ufologist Stan Friedman how he was called by Roswell Airbase.

Military officials at Roswell questioned Dennis about child-sized coffins and other odd things. Later that night, they called him back to the base. Not unusual, since he was at times requested by officials at the base to do mortuary service and even pick up injured soldiers.

That night, Dennis was told to pick up a wounded soldier and deliver him to the base hospital. As he drops the soldier off, Dennis wanders inside the hospital and runs into a friend, a nurse. The nurse tells Dennis to get the hell out of there. Then he’s immediately escorted to his car by the military.

Next day, Dennis gets together socially with the nurse, who is very frightened and upset as she describes being in a surgery room with small entities that look child-sized, but have large heads and eyes that are not right. The nurse tells Davis she realized these are beings from outer space.

If you haven’t kept up with the many Roswell controversies, Glenn Dennis fell out of grace when relating what happened when he spoke about the nurse witness’ extraordinary story. The nurse that Dennis went on record about was identified by a phony name, and so was the doctor. Of course Dennis’ use of phony names was found out.

Later, as Dennis tried to explain to ufologists how he promised to keep the nurse’s identity secret --which of course meant keeping the supervising doctor’s identity secret, too-- he was chastised for the worst crime a UFO witness can make: being human.
Glenn Dennis changed his story over the years and was condemned to UFO witness hell because of it. He certainly muddled the waters. As if clear waters would stop the debunkers from attacking every witness in sight.

Yes, Glenn Dennis, prime Roswell witness, was caught in a lie; but it now seems we can conclude it was a point of honor, his lie. Davis was acting out of true friendship. And I wonder if it wasn’t something more.

Researcher Anthony Bragalia found two candidates for Dennis’ friend the nurse. Bragalia’s article also underscores the need for further investigation --before they all die.

I read more about this incredible story in Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-Year Cover-Up, by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt; New Page Books, 2007. But I never made the connection.

These witnesses are the very people the debunkers don’t want to talk about. The people whose lives were shattered by an event they never forgot. The nurse’s name was Miriam Bush.

Miriam Bush shared the whole story with her immediate family. It seemed she had no other choice because her emotions overwhelmed her.

Sobbing and breaking down, she related how her boss (not a medical doctor), for no reason she could fathom took her into a surgery room, telling her “you’ve got see this”. Nurse Bush would come to resent what her boss had done. She thought the beings she saw in the surgery room were children at first. They had large heads, and their eyes were funny. Then suddenly, she knew.

It’s the type of detail you never forget, the detail that convinces you. The world can tell you you don’t know what you really saw. But nurses, like physicians, paramedicals and combat-hardened military, have seen all kinds of terrible things that can go wrong with the human body. Nurse Miriam Bush knew she was seeing something far outside the range of injury or medical anomaly. She realized she was living a horror story, separated from the entire world by her terrifying experience. After telling the whole story to her family, within the year she married and moved. She started to drink. After the divorce, she drank heavily. Then, the same year Glenn Dennis made his announcements about the strange things he experienced at Roswell, Miriam committed suicide.

Miriam Bush had no one to go to. There were no UFO researchers, no support groups, no UFO conferences. No one to understand. We get a tragic story from her family, about a woman who came face to face with a reality she couldn’t fathom. That experience and its meaning shattered her core.

It’s impossible for us to imagine how it was before Stevenville, before YouTube and all the hundreds of Amazon-ranked UFO books. Just mentioning UFOs back in Miriam Bush’s day could mean you were branded an eccentric for life, but it could also mean involuntary commitment to a mental hospital.

Back to The Mortician of Roswell. Now many of us, including me, have no trouble thinking about the funeral director as the worst type of sleazebag, ready to take advantage of the grief-stricken at their most vulnerable. But this doesn’t fit Glenn Dennis. The people of Roswell liked and trusted him. How’d I arrive at that conclusion? If Glenn Dennis weren’t highly regarded by the people in his small town, where especially back in the day, everyone knew everybody else’s personal business, such negative information would’ve been broadcast loud and clear by both the Roswell community and the debunkers.

I guess what makes me so passionate about these witnesses is how much more meaning Roswell gave to their personal lives –even in ways that were terribly costly. Nurse Miriam Bush didn’t just turn into a hard-partying alcoholic; what she saw and what it meant transformed her, compelled her to leave friends and family, and drove her to drink, to divorce, and then heavier drinking. She was alone through the worst of it. Glenn Dennis had a young bride of his own when he told his story to Stan Friedman [as explained in Anthony’s post]. Miriam Bush was a nice looking woman back in the day, and I had to wonder if there may have been a connection. Maybe even a love that couldn’t be.

Did Glenn Dennis decide he would rather be called a liar than break his promise to the woman he wanted to protect?
An Interview With Glenn Dennis:

My resolution for the year is to never forget that to serve is to truly live.

This is cool, as my grandson would say, and coincidently as we said in the sixties:

I just wrote MUFON and suggested they do the same thing.

Happy New Year To All. And To The Entities Out There: We’re Waiting.

Joseph Capp
UFO Media Matters
Non-Commercial Blog


  1. Nice article - true sentiment expressed. His name was Glen Dennis (not Glen Davis)

  2. Nice Article - true sentiment -His Name was Glen Dennis (not Glen Davis)

  3. Thanks Chet no matter what you do some always get by you. Thanks I hope it helps see people even UFO people as three demensional rather then what has been painted in the past
    Joe Capp

  4. In this field certain individuals would rather rip somebody's reputation into threads rather than say that they believe them.

    It has to be fear.

    Thanks again for another interesting, and thought provoking article.


  5. Yes I just think sometimes the standards are just impossible. Even Edger Mitchell doesn't have enough character for some people. So Dennis lied about someone he cared for. He protected her that makes him a hoaxer and a liar.
    When we do that we may stop many UFO witnesses out there who may have evidence to present but aren't prefect and are frightened to come forward. If fact it happens every day I'll bet.
    Thanks Again
    Joseph Capp
    UFO Media Matters
    Non-Commercial Blog

  6. Nice one!

    It's obvious to me he himself believes what he says from the way he was found and also from the way he behaved privately. However, overall, I think it's hard to give much credence to Glenn Dennis' story when the particular nurse can't be identified. The whole story depends on that. It doesn't help, speculating whether the story rings true, if she can't be pinned down to verify it all. To be blunt, as it stands, it could be described as a liars recounting of a fictional persons confessions. Also to consider is that Dennis' testimony is second hand - also known as 'hearsay'. Not many people would give that much weight, especially since the story can't be backed up.

    While interesting for researchers to look into, I believe this to be way too shaky to promote at this point. I'd go with the better Roswell witnesses.

    All the best,
    Daniel Bergh, Sweden

  7. Nice post. "Witness to Roswell" was a thought provoking book. I first found it at, which carries the large print version, and was immediately interested. The thing that fascinates me most about the whole Roswell event is that there really doesn't seem to be a satisfactory explanation for it other than extraterrestrial life. As far as conspiracy theories go, this one appears the most legit.

  8. Dear Lavinia,
    What really angers me was how many accepted the MOGUL theory. While many UFO researchers were running off chasing and debating MOGUL proselytizers, the Witnesses were growing old and dying. I will always be grateful to Donald Schmitt And Tom Carey for caring on finding and interviewing surviving Roswell Witnesses. The Roswell story is not over yet I can promise you that. I happen to know there is more information coming out... look toward the spring.
    Joe Capp
    UFO Media Matters
    Non-Commercial Blog