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UFO crime lab - using crime investigation techniques for UFO abductions - Omni's Project Open Book

If UFO abductions are real, there should be real evidence for them. That simple premise has led Victoria Alexander, a writer and UFO researcher in Santa Fe, to advocate the use of crime-scene investigative techniques, to obtain evidence in UFO abduction cases. "After all," she says, "crimes are supposedly being committed. The aliens are accused of unlawful entries, kidnappings, assaults, and rapes. So I think it's time we start looking at the typical bedroom abduction as a police crime-scene unit would."

Alexander's interest in a forensic approach grew out of her frustration over the lack of physical evidence in abduction cases, the helplessness of the victims, and the apparent willingness of many UFO researchers to simply accept such stories as true. Though the crime lab approach has never been proposed--let alone attempted--in two decades of UFO abduction investigations, Alexander felt it was the next logical step.

"Since the vast majority of abductees claim the aliens are humanoid, not robots," she argues, "there should be biological and chemical traces of their presence. If these are real events, if the aliens are real, if contact is taking place, there has to be real evidence for it--latent finger-prints, fungi, particles, whatever. It's a basic tenet of criminalistics that when any two items come in contact there will be an exchange of microscopic particles."

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But the only way to gather such evidence, Alexander realizes, is to recruit the cooperation of "conscious repeaters," those people who claim to be abducted over and over again and remember it the next morning. The first thing they should do is take a urine sample, she says. "Lab tests of urine should show if the body has undergone any stress. And if the abductee wakes up with a bloody nose, they should keep a sample of that, too, for later analysis."

Otherwise, anything the aliens have come in contact with--any part of the abductee's clothes they may have touched, any portion of bedroom floor or carpet they may have walked over--might yield tangible evidence: hair, secretions, prints, or particles from their skin, clothes, or craft.

Alexander is calling on abductees to collect this evidence themselves. "There is not an emergency room in the country that is going to say 'Oh, you've been raped by aliens? Let's run some tests,'" she notes. "No police department is going to believe such a story and go through your place with a fine-tooth comb. Abductees have to do it themselves. And UFO investigators can help. It has to start this way. Then, later, maybe we can attract the help of professionals."

Thomas Van Valken-burgh, bureau chief of the Department of Public Safety's crime lab at the New Mexico State Police headquarters in Santa Fe, finds Alexander's suggestion feasible. "We should be able to use forensic techniques in this situation," he says, "though I have a problem with people doing their own crime scene because they are not trained." He admits, however, that since some police bureaus may turn down requests, people "are probably going to have to do it themselves, at least at first."

The reaction to Alexander's proposal in the UFO community has been generally positive. "I think it's great," says John Carpenter, director of abduction research for the Mutual UFO Network, "if it's done properly. My main concern is who is doing it and how well it's done. Having the abductees do it themselves might stir up new claims of hoaxing and improper procedure. Ideally, it should be done by an outsider."

Temple University historian David Jacobs, author of Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions, also gives the proposal a thumbs-up. "Any effort to gather evidence is worth doing," he says, though he doubts the aliens have fingerprints, based on the reports he has from abductees who have seen their captors' fingers close-up.

Victoria Alexander is now working on a manual describing collection protocols, and she's designing a kit to be used by abductees and investigators. "We have to at least make the attempt," she continues. "Even if it all fails, if the prints are sloppy or don't come out. At least we will be changing the abductees' mind-set about the experience. I want them to stop thinking of themselves as victims and start thinking about trying to find an answer. Doing this has to change their whole experience. This sort of participation should empower them."

Skeptics, not surprisingly, tend to regard such proposals as futile. "In my opinion," says Philip J. Klass, "if abductions were fact and not fantasy, we would have had impressive evidence a long, long time ago."

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