By Eve Frances Lorgen, M. A.
How often have you heard about the aftermath of the classic alien abduction experience: a UFO sighting, missing time, unusual body marks, dreamlike memories of large black eyed alien creatures, and varying degrees of post traumatic stress? But, on the other hand, have you ever heard about the afterglow of the alien abduction experience?
Derrel Sims, Chief Investigator of UFO Abductions for Houston UFO Network (HUFON), discovered unusual fluorescence markings on numerous abductees who claimed alien contact. According to Sims, he got the idea from his research and the fact that fluorescence – a luminescent light emission in the presence of an ultraviolet (black light) energy source – was observed in many of the cattle mutilation investigations thought to be associated with UFO activity.(4) Sims intuition proved to be right on target. Darrel’s investigations revealed fluorescence markings on various body sites of abductees in approximately five percent of his abduction cases. As a biochemist who routinely worked with fluorescence, I was intrigued. Seeking a scientific explanation for the “afterglow” effect, I accompanied Derrel Sims on a routine abduction investigation to witness the fluorescence myself.
An abductee who claimed a recent alien encounter was interviewed by Derrel, myself, and Dr. Roger Leir, a podiatrist from Thousand Oaks, California, who graciously offered his medical office and consultation free of charge. Following the interview the four of us huddled together in a small, darkened doctor’s office, switched on Derrel’s ultraviolet black light and observed bluish-white fluorescence on portions of the patients’ hands and fingers. Dr. Leir rubbed the abductees hand to check if the fluorescence could be removed – it didn’t. Derrel remarked that the fluorescence is often subdermal and cannot be washed away. I suggested that an alcohol swab could remove or quench the fluorescence – so the doctor wiped the afflicted areas with an isopropyl alcohol swab. Immediately, the fluorescence faded. Within minutes the patient’s hand was checked with the black light and again, Derrel’s intuition was correct. The luminescence returned in its original intensity and color, and was apparently subdermal.
I was still skeptical. The fluorescence could be something from the natural environment, some offending agent such as cosmetics, laundry detergent or even dog urine. Dried dog urine fluoresces upon UV irradiation and landlords will routinely check their tenants living quarters with a black light to check for evidence of dog urine. Some laundry detergents and soaps contain fluorescent optical whiteners and brighteners.
Simple, innocuous things such as the paper-like tags sewn onto clothing necklines contain fluorescent whiteners that can leach into the skin – subdermally. (I noticed this accidental fluorescence one morning!) Interfering substances such as these must be ruled out when investigating for fluorescence due to alleged alien contact. However, if this fluorescence was a genuine artifact left behind inadvertently by the alien ‘abductors’ – then what valuable information could be extrapolated about the mysterious alien presence?
I reviewed Derrel’s fluorescence findings from several other abductees and constructed a chart. (See Fluorescence Findings On Abductees – Chart). The findings were startling. The primary fluorescence found on abductees following an abduction appeared in the yellow-green region of the visible spectrum. Body sites included portions of the arms, shoulder, ears, breasts, legs, hands, chin, chest and even inside the mouth. Most of the fluorescence was subdermal. In one case, a dime sized marking on the palm was rigorously massaged, and fluorescence diffused into the massaged areas of the hand and fingers, and remained subdermal.
An unusual reddish-pink fluorescence was discovered on the hands, fingers, palms and neck regions of an abductee who recalled handling and cuddling alien-human infant hybrids during her encounter. White fluorescence was found in the mouth, oral mucous membranes and tongue. Blue fluorescence was observed on the hands, and on the arm in an unusual heart shaped mandelbrot design. Markings such as the crescent, triangle, and heart shaped mandelbrot appeared as if they were deliberate designs or ‘brands’ on certain individuals. But in general, most of the fluorescence was found as irregular splotching. All fluorescence was visualized using a commercially available UV (short and long wave) black light source in a darkened area. Most fluorescence faded within one to four days following the alleged alien encounter.
After reviewing Derrel’s findings, I asked – why fluorescence? Are the aliens – or whomever is handling the abductees – bioluminescent? Are they deliberately using fluorescent labels to mark the abductees? To understand fluorescence’s uses, a simplified overview of fluorescence is described herein.
The Nature of Fluorescence
On chemical level, when a luminescent substance absorbs certain forms of chemical energy or light, (often in the UV range) its electronic configuration is excited to a higher energy level, after which it returns to its ground state – along with excess energy. This excess energy is released as a quantum of light – fluorescence. Luminescent substances or fluorophores can exist in biological organisms as bioluminescence , in chemical reactions as chemiluminescence, and as direct fluorescence – whereby the excitation source of energy is direct light (i.e., UV).
In bioluminescent organisms such as the firefly, certain fungi, worms and marine life, emission of fluorescence is activated by a biochemical process rather than direct light energy (1, 6). An example of chemiluminescence is true phosphorescence, whereby the greenish glow is a result of the element phosphorus reacting with oxygen in the air. Direct fluorescence can be observed with organic fluorophores and with naturally occurring minerals such as willemite, feldspar and uranium minerals.(5) There are myriads of organic fluorescent compounds such as aromatic dyes, some drugs, petroleum oils, fats, and fluorescent labels and probes. In the biotechnology industry alone there are hundreds of fluorescent probes, the most common use being labeling of cells and biomolecules, such as DNA. Fluorophores are also excellent tools for the detection of trace metals and pesticides in analytical chemistry.
Based on my knowledge and experience with fluorescence, Sim’s findings on abductees can suggest several things:
- Fluorescent contamination of substances in the abductees’ natural environment. These things can be ruled out by checking for fluorescence with a black light in the individual’s home and work environment. If the fluorescence is subdermal, then the offending agent has the ability to diffuse into the skin such as an oil or solvent. (The cyclic, aromatic nature of organic fluorophores enable them to attract to oil-like tissues, hence, a reason for subdermal diffusion ability).
- The irregular splotching suggests possible handling by alleged alien entities, as if the fluorescence were transmitted due to a naturally occurring or contaminating component (i.e., the fluorophore they mark with) on the alien skin. An alien “fingerprint” if you will. Fluorescence has also been reported on mutilated cattle.(4) However, the source and mechanism of this fluorescent phenomenon may be different from what we observe on abductees.
- The design patterns such as the crescent, mandelbrot and other unique markings suggest a possible application, identification or marking of fluorescent material on the bodies of the abductees. (Some mutilated cattle associated with UFO activity are believed to be pre-marked before surgical excisions.)
- Anomalous fluorescence of substances not normally fluorescent may be due to electronic transitions from high energy levels, such as interdimensional shifts.
Fluorescence Findings On Abductees
Body Site Found
J-shape crescent, 1″ long
2.5″ bar with 3, 0.5″ tick marks below
Chin, chest, clavicle
10″ isosceles triangle, point to of chin to
Irregular marking, splotching
|Backs of calves|
Irregular marking, splotching
Dime size circle, diffused into hand and fingers w/
Tops of feet
“Splatter marks” topical and subdermal.
Very light blue-white
Inside right bicep
2″ lengthwise strip in center of tongue
4″ heart shaped mandelbrot
0.75 ” long, 0.187″ wide rectangular mark
Pink-red (hot pink)
Spots, irregular splotching
Tongue, nostril, face
Chest, pubic areas, face, neck, tongue
Irregular diffuse dots, lasts several months, recurs
Fluorescence fading time ranged from one hour to 14
Fluorescence visualized with a UV black light in a darkened area.
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The fluorescent design marks found on abductees are probably some type of organic fluorescent material used by the “abduction handlers” as evidenced by their fluorescence and their ability to diffuse into the subdermal layers of the skin. Most of the fluorescence seen on abductees post abduction are subdermal yellowish-green or bluish-lavender irregular splotch marks. This suggests a contamination of the fluorophore used as markers by the aliens – albeit sloppy lab technique. Or more interestingly, a naturally occurring fluorescent residue transmitted from alien skin – perhaps a unique form of bioluminescence.
According to some cattle mutilation research, a luminescent substance was found marked on the surgically excised areas of the cattle.(4) Whether or not this is the same fluorescent material observed on the abductees is unknown at this time. To make a clearer assessment of what is truly happening, and what these fluorescent substances are, would require a costly, analytical qualitative analysis. Until such testing is completed, I can only make an educated guess on the “afterglow effect”. A good hunch can get us on the right track. But paradoxically, in academic scientific circles, seeing is not believing – even if aliens are standing right in front of us – glowing!
What will it take for the scientific community and the world at large to believe that alien abductions are happening right under our noses? It will take more than scientific facts, credibility and witnesses to prove aliens are “out there.” What it will take is brilliant human intuition – to outsmart the alien presence – so we don’t end up like the cattle.
1. Leninger, Biochemistry, Worth Publishers, 1979. Second Edition. pp. 504 Kasten, Frederick, Fluorescent Probes used in Molecular Biology, (1991), Williams and Wilkins, Ch. 2 Baur, Henry, et al, Instrumental Analysis, Allyn and Bacon, (1978), pp.243-46 Sims, Derrel, personal communication Robbins, Manuel, Gems and Minerals Under UV Light, (1994), Geosciences Press, Inc.
2. Kohen, Santus, and Hirschberg, Photobiology, Academic Press, (1995), Ch. 6