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Hair of the Alien: DNA and Other Forensic Evidence of Alien Abductions Paperback – 23 September 2005
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Sydney, Australia. July 23, 1992. Twenty-eight-year-old Peter Khoury was awoken by what appeared to be two females—both striking and unearthly—kneeling on his bed. What transpired between them was a physical assault as bizarre and disorienting as it was unnatural. Then, as quickly as they had arrived, they vanished. Khoury had become one of a legion of alien abductees with inexplicable experiences, but this particular incident stood apart from all the others. This time, there was evidence—two strands of white-blond hair from one of the females.
Khoury’s case would result in the very first forensic DNA analysis of “alien abduction” evidence and revealed an extraordinary biological anomaly—one genetically close to human yet almost impossibly far from the human mainstream. A gripping account of one of the great mysteries of our time, Hair of the Alien, brings us closer than ever before to understanding our past, our origings, and our place in the universe.
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- Publisher : Gallery Books (23 September 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743492862
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316079068
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.29 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 264,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Published in 2005, "Hair of the Alien" is Chalker's account of the extraordinary case of Peter Khoury who discovered an anomalous long, thin blond hair tied onto an intimate part of his anatomy following an involuntary close encounter with two not-quite-human females in July 1992 - the second of two essentially similar but not identical incidents involving the same two females, nine months apart. Khoury retrieved the hair in the bathroom with some discomfort, considered throwing it down the toilet but then decided to seal it in a plastic bag. Several years went by before it found its way to a lab for analysis (during this period, the late Professor John Mack of Harvard University Medical School travelled to Australia to interview Khoury about these events).
To the reader unfamiliar with abduction case literature or not well acquainted with the phenomenon, the story sounds outlandish and unbelievable. However, Khoury's story checks out in that he has a lifetime history of at least four known abduction events (one multiply-witnessed as a child in Lebanon and three as an adult in Australia), each resulting in a different tell-tale biopsy scoop-mark scar on the lower leg typically found on abductees, and other anomalous markers such as a small and persistent doughnut-shaped head wound following memory of an implant performed by a needle device during one of the incidents. At the time of the encounters with the two "alien" females, he was recently married and in every way a normal, well-adjusted individual not given to fantasy or psychosis. His encounters contain the usual memory-blocking and missing time elements. Khoury has no interest in writing a book, appearing in public or making any money out of all this: he's just a "regular bloke" who wants to be left in peace and get on with his life raising a family. Many quirky features of his experiences dovetail closely with those of others in different parts of the world, which is generally confirmatory of something real.
The story at the core of the book is Khoury's series of encounters followed by extensive laboratory analysis of the hair sample, and what it might tell us about the being from whom it allegedly originated. Analysis of mitochondrial sequence variation in the DNA of the hair performed under strict laboratory conditions using polymerase chain reaction protocols revealed that the hair had a "strange and unusual DNA sequence" with five consistent substitutions from human consensus so rare as to be almost unknown throughout the human genome. The DNA showed a combination found only in a small percentage of the population of the British Isles and of Basques (northern Spain), combined with a rare Chinese-Mongol type found in a tiny population group in Taiwan. In short, it's not possible for a normal biological human to have two separate types of mitochondrial DNA, as that means the person must have had two separate biological mothers (not grandmothers - two separate mothers). A minor issue is that due to a combination of genetic factors involving melanin, it is thought impossible for such a theoretical native (if they could exist theoretically, which they can't) to ever be blond. There's more: the five gene substitutions found in the hair's DNA have never been recorded anywhere before, and the chance of them occurring at random and simultaneously is extremely remote. The consequences of these gene substitutions is that the native would be immune from the effects of HIV, smallpox and a whole basket of serious/lethal viruses which afflict the human population. It looks like deliberate, knowledgeable and very sophisticated genetic bio-engineering at work - though the laboratory analysts stop short of saying this outright.
Unfortunately, it has to be said the structure of the book could have been better. The detailed DNA analysis of the hair sample is confined to an appendix, when it would have been better placed right at the heart of the book, with more explanation for the non-biochemist/geneticist reader of what the science reveals and an informed discourse on the consequences for our understanding of what the heck is going on with this intrusive abduction phenomenon - because the results are significant, and need to be studied and thought about.
Instead, Chalker spends several chapters discussing other abduction cases from Australia, China and the Basque country, some of which he declares to be hoaxes. We get several pages each on Vicki Klein, Kelly Cahill, and the Rylance case (admitted to be an almost certain hoax by Chalker, who was personally involved in its investigation) which have all been explored and written up elsewhere. The whole of Chapter 10 is devoted to Credo Mutwa! If the author was attempting to place the Khoury case in the context of other relevant abduction case material, that's understandable but the result is that the main theme is almost drowned by all this unnecessary focus on periphery. Instead of detailed and prolix explanations of already-known cases taking up so many chapters, these could have been referenced briefly and the reader unfamiliar with the material invited to further investigate relevant literature outside the confines of this book. The notes section is comprehensive, and proves Chalker knows the field well.
Victoria Alexander's suggestion of "a new protocol for abduction research" discussed on p188 that suspected abduction events need to be viewed as a crime scene and approached with corresponding forensic thoroughness is indeed relevant to the core subject of the book, as is the author's exploration of attempts to covertly film abductions (globally there have been hundreds of such attempts to date, with limited result).
So overall, we have a very important case at core surrounded by too much unnecessary padding. If you can sort the wheat from the chaff, reading this book is time well spent. If you are already familiar with Credo Mutwa's stories, details of the Cahill case and others, then just read the first few chapters about Peter Khoury and the vitally important forensic/DNA analysis information in the appendix, which starts on p249. This blond hair revealed curious and anomalous genetic information and could be very significant in furthering understanding of the abduction/hybridization project explored in recent years by other researchers, and we'd have had a better book had that issue been kept in sharper focus.
Somehow one of these aliens left some of its hair on Peter's body. I don't know if that was done intentionally by the alien or if it somehow happened accidentally.
Peter actually bit off a piece of the alien's breast and either the chunk of tissue got lodged in Peter's throat or it somehow burned the inside of his throat. Peter said it felt and tasted like he bit into a rubber mannequin and the alien didn't show any signs of pain.
Peter saved the hair samples and author Bill Chalker and his team performed complex DNA analysis on the samples.
The DNA analysis seems to confirm that Peter came into direct physical contact with something that is not totally human. The DNA was so unusual that the chances that Peter just picked it up from a regular person is basically zero.
There's some other material in the book which looks at the subject of alien abductions in general including some very weird cases from Africa and other places.
What was also very strange is around the time of Peter's strange encounters with the aliens some bad things happened in his life.
Peter was attacked at his workplace which was some sort of construction site. He was hit over the head with shovels and had trowels thrown at him.
Then his sister-in-law was murdered.
I don't know if there's any connections between Peter's experiences with the aliens and these more down to Earth bad events.
This book looks at the alien abduction phenomenon from a sort of scientific angle as much as that is even possible. But I think Mr. Chalker realizes that this is not a purely scientific issue. It moves into the realm of metaphysics, mythology, and the paranormal. Alien abductions happen in a place where all of those subjects converge.
I can recommend the following books about alien abductions:
Secret Life: Firsthand, Documented Accounts of Ufo Abductions by David M. Jacobs
Children Of The Greys by Bret Oldham
The following book is about a guy who was taken aboard a flying saucer that came from a planet called Iarga which is 10 light years from Earth. However this was not an alien abduction in the sense of how that term is used today. It was more like an alien encounter:
UFO CONTACT FROM PLANET IARGA by Stefan Denaerde and Wendelle C. Stevens