educated and spoken, Dr. Karla Turner (1947 - 1996) was
widely respected in the UFO community for her research on
alien abduction. Born in Arkansas in 1947, she grew up in
the South, but had lived in a number of other areas of the
United States, as well as in India and England. A scholar
and professional educator, she had
received a Master's of Art from the University of Nottingham
(England) and had earned a Ph.D.
in Old English studies from the University of North Texas
(Denton, TX). She also taught college
English courses at the University of North Texas and Cook
County College (Gainesville, TX) for more than
in 1988, she and her husband and son endured a shocking
series of experiences and recollections that forced them
to recognize that they were all abductees.
The story of her family's experiences is told in her book
Into The Fringe (Berkeley
1992). Additionally, she had published articles in a number
of magazines and had given lectures and interviews around
the country. Her work is reported in Taken:
Inside the Alien-Human Abduction Agenda, published
by Kelt Works in April 1994. Her third and last book, Masquerade
of Angels, was published in 1994 as well.
hobbies involved her two Chihuahua dogs, the music of Bruce
Springsteen and cultivation of natural plants in Arkansas.
was a full-time abduction researcher and lived in rural
Arkansas with her husband, Elton.
Karla Turner died of cancer on January 10, 1996, after being
threatened for her work. She was just 48. She is survived
by a married son and one grandchild.
then, several other people involved in UFO investigation
have also experienced threats, followed by highly unusual
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