Alfred Griner Packer (1842-1907) – Prospector and guide in the Rocky Mountains during the 1870s, Alfred Packer confessed to cannibalism during the winter of 1874.
Packer was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1842, one of three children of James Packer and his wife Esther Griner. When Alfred was still a boy, the family moved to LaGrange County, Indiana in the early 1850s, where his father worked as a cabinet maker. When Packer grew up, he served in the Union Army during the Civil War, enlisting in April, 1862 at Winona, Minnesota. At that time he gave his occupation as a shoemaker. He was honorably discharged due to epilepsy eight months later, at Fort Ontario, New York. He then moved west where he enlisted in the army again at Ottumwa, Iowa in June, 1863. However, he was soon mustered out for a second time in April, 1864 for the same reason.
He then moved further west winding up in the Rocky Mountains where he worked at various mining related jobs for the next nine years.