Amitakh Stanford to Oz Reporter: "I am an Alien with a mission"
[Editor's Note: From the time I first began to question Amitakh's writings, I've always asked the question over and over: where is she getting all of her heavy, doom-laden information from? I had read of possible connections with Sai Baba, so I thought maybe he was feeding her the Doom & Gloom material, but now we get the answer directly from the horse's mouth. It remains to be seen how this startling revelation will affect her popularity or credibility among her readers, but the contentious relationship between Amitakh and ex-hubby, Dr. Joseph Chiappalone, makes for great theater and comedy, whether you're a follower or not. I hope the people of Stanthorpe realize just how lucky they are to have these two in their midst. I wish I was there to witness the show first hand. I wouldn't miss these lectures for all the tea in China. ...Ken Adachi]
By Gail Galloway, for The Southern Free Times (Stanthorpe, Australia)
September 11, 2008
Protesters ejected from lecture
The strange story of the doctor, the barrister, and the woman who claims she is an alien
The story begins with the publication of a mild piece in the Border Post about a Stanthorpe doctor, who, having spent "more than 20 years travelling the world and researching a range of subjects on the human mind and body", was about to commence holding a series of "public lectures". Dig deeper, and it appears the story really began many years ago in the US state of Montana where the doctor, Joseph Chiappalone, was president of an obscure organisation registered as a "church", which appeared to have strong links with ufology and armageddon prophecies.
Zooming in from the big picture of the universe peopled by dark forces to the relative humdrum of a country town on the planet Earth, Dr Chiappalone now finds himself living in a small community in close proximity to two estranged ex-wives, one of whom is now married to a man who to all extents and purposes appears to be his arch enemy. Disgruntled former disciples of the doctor, as well as ardent new supporters, are dotted across the Southern Downs and Granite Belt making it, in one sense, a strange place to open a medical clinic that Dr. Chiappalone claims helps patients tackle the "stress of modern day life."
All in all, it made for a volatile mix that exploded at a public meeting in Stanthorpe last week.
A packed room of over 50 had not even settled in their seats when trouble began. At the outset, a group of protesters, all of whom appeared to share history with the speaker, vocalised concerns and were ejected. As the last of the audience settled, one of the protesters slipped in quietly through the door, and was met with the words "here's another troublemaker" by the doctor himself. At this stage one could hear a pin drop, while the interloper appeared to confer quietly with the night's speaker. The doctor pointed at the door, and cried "out, out" loudly, and called on one of the audience members by name to help. There was pushing and shoving and the newcomer was eventually manhandled from the room, and the door locked from the inside.
The audience were asked to "close their eyes" and "breathe deeply" for a minute, but it was not to be, with a mobile phone musical ringtone breaking whatever peace remained. After the audience was asked to switch off their phones, and silence resumed, the doctor's own mobile rang, but despite the humour of the moment, the atmosphere remained tense, with the door being opened shortly to allow one of the audience, discomfited by proceedings, to leave.
Three more protesters managed to squeeze into the room, and heckling recommenced, with police later called to deal with the situation. The police have been consistently unavailable for comment since the incident, however it is understood they spoke with protesters outside the meeting, but did not enter the lecture itself.
A further hint as to the story beneath the story came, however, in the questionnaire distributed by Dr Chiappalone to those attending his lecture. Amongst questions asking the audience for feedback topics they would like to see discussed at future lectures, were ones that you would not expect of your average GP:
"Have you had psychic experiences?
Have you seen a UFO?"
Two notable absentees from the Stanthorpe fracas were Steffan Stanford, a
barrister who has come to public attention for establishing an animal refuge on the Granite Belt and hosting free meals for the elderly earlier this year, and his wife, Amitakh, who is the ex-wife of Dr Chiappalone. Mr Stanford has, however, been accused by Dr Chiappalone of fraudulently representing his refuge ATTBAR
(Attas Beethoven Animal Rescue) as a tax-deductible charity. Dr Chiappalone claims to have made large donations to ATTBAR on the basis that it was tax deductible, only to find out later that this was not the case. Despite their differences, Mr Stanford and Dr Chiappalone share one thing: an admiration for the woman they both married, Amitakh—despite the fact that she claims she is no ordinary woman, but in fact an alien.
She has previously written to the Free Times with extraordinary claims of alien contact, but last week went further "I am an alien with a mission," she told the Free Times," adding she was "not worried what [the media] may think of me."
Both her current and former husband—who, even more bizarrely live on neighbouring properties—are remarkably accepting of her claims, with Dr Chiappalone describing her earlier this week as " one of the most wonderful women I could ever meet.”
It's not a view that Ms Stanford reciprocates, with the doctor's ex-wife claiming, amongst other things, that she moved to Stanthorpe to escape Dr Chiappalone, after the group split up in north Queensland. She claims she tried to get a restraining order on him a claim Dr Chiappalone
denies—and that she is being stalked by him.
While the claims and counterclaims begin to mount, one thing is clear: Amitakh Stanford and her former husband have clearly been prolific authors, speakers and operators in a thriving sub-culture in the US devoted to the paranormal and spiritualism. In fact, the Granite Belt can fairly lay claim to playing host to two of the leading lights of that peculiar subset of marginal thinking devoted to apocalyptic ufology.
Dr Chiappalone told the Free Times that locals are not put off by his connections with the fringes of paranormal thinking. "People have checked me up on the net, and they are fascinated by what they see. They say that 'here's a man that can think, this man is a really good thinker'.
He insists, however, that his practice in Stanthorpe is "purely medical", but "I don't ridicule [my patients] for tak-ing herbs or [taking] homeopathy." Stanthorpe appears to have taken to his style, with Dr Chiappalone declaring that he is "by far the busiest doctor in town" now.
His approach has won support beyond his own clinic, with local counsellor Sue Rawson declaring that "where Stanthorpe is concerned, he is the best thing that has ever happened." Ms Rawson has referred many clients to Dr Chiappalone, and in many cases the results have been "absolutely tranformational." "He goes well over and above the call of duty," she said. "He may have some way-out ideas, but when it comes to his practise he is very good."
The "way out ideas" of Dr Chiappalone and his former wife extend well beyond the usual fare. On the one hand, there are September 11 and Zionist conspiracies and theories about chemtrails (fine droplets of chemicals supposedly being deliberately spread through the atmosphere by jet planes). These are theories that have relatively common currency on the far right and left.
There are, however, a darker—and lighter—side to the story, operating well outside the mainstream of conspiracy theo ries.
On the lighter side, Amitakh Stanford has claimed that the Sydney pub meeting of Danish Crown Prince Frederick and Australian Mary Donaldson was no coincidence. Rather, the "couple [had] been hand picked to play a significant role in the formation of alliances between the common people and the governments"' "Mary-mania" all boils down to this, she claims: water will become a precious commodity as the earth heats up, and Denmark's possession of Greenland and Australia's alliance with the Antarctic will make the two controllers of precious ice.
On a darker note, both Ms Stanford and her former husband see politics as not divided into red versus blue, socialists versus capitalists, but rather "Reptilians" versus "Vulturites", with the two sides tussling against a back drop of the end of the world.
Dr Chiappalone, for example, predicted the end of the world in 2000, and when that failed to come to pass later revised the date in the wake of the Twin Towers attack. "By 2003, as I have predicted in the past, some will lose control and will use nuclear weapons," he wrote, adding, "the nuclear winter .. will be interrupted by a meteor strike in 2007 which will cause the death of another 2 billion people," with the planet being finished off entirely by 2019 by a "massive meteor."
On his part, Mr Stanford is no more an ordinary barrister than Dr Chiappalone is a common GP. Originally from North America, he's even penned a historical novel about Thomas Jefferson called "a common scent", which is dedicated to "The Divine Mother"—which, perhaps not coincidentally is one of the names by which his wife Amitakh is referred to on the intemet, shortened to "DM".
Dr Chiappalone meanwhile has indicated that despite the furore of last week's meeting, he will press on with his plan to educate the local community on health and other issues. "I've given a few lectures to the Italian club and I'm planning another lecture on heart disease, and a talk at the International Club on 30th September."
With his opponents determined to warn locals against swallowing the doctor's `medicine' whole, he clearly has his work cut out. As for Amitakh—'my job is nearly finished," she declared cryptically.
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