American prospector who shot an associate of his expedition and was also accused of cannibalism in the wintertime of 1873. He enlisted in the Union Military in 1862 and offered briefly before becoming discharged due to his epilepsy. In the close of his armed service service, he made a decision to turn into a prospector. He allegedly became a vegetarian in the years ahead of his loss of life. He was created in Allegheny Region, Pennsylvania. His existence was the main topic of a folk music known as The Ballad of Alferd Packer that was made up by singer-songwriter Phil Ochs in the first 1960s.