Meet Alice Plebuch, A Woman Who Discovered That Her Father Was Switched At Birth | Megyn Kelly TODAY


.>>Reporter: IMAGINE GETTING YOUR DNA TESTED AND FINDING OUT YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU ARE. IT HAPPENED TO OUR NEXT GUEST. BUT FIRST, HER BACK STORY. WATCH THIS.>>I GOT MY RESULTS. I GOT AN E-MAIL SAYING MY RESULTS ARE HERE. AND I LOOKED AT THEM. THEY WERE WRONG. THEY WERE JUST WRONG.>>Reporter: ALICE WAS SURPRISED BY HER DNA TEST RESULTS BECAUSE SHE GREW UP IN AN IRISH-CATHOLIC HOME. HER FATHER WAS GIVEN AN IRISH-CATHOLIC WAKE. BUT ALICE COULDN’T DENY THE EVIDENCE IN FRONT OF HER.>>I HAD SIX SIBLINGS AND WE ALL TESTED. THE RESULTS FOR EVERYBODY SHOWED THAT WE WERE APPROXIMATELY HALF-JEWISH.>>ALICE KNEW THE ANSWERS WERE IN HER FATHER’S PAST. BUT ALL SHE HAD TO GO WAS HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND A SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH BEFORE HE WAS PLACED IN AN ORPHANAGE.>>MY FATHER WAS THE SHORTEST PERSON IN THIS FAMILY. HIS FATHER WAS OVER SIX FOOT. HIS BROTHER, I BELIEVE, WAS ABOUT 5’11”. AND MY DAD WAS ONLY 5’4″. HE WAS TOLD BY DOCTORS HE WAS SHORT BECAUSE HE WAS RAISED IN THE ORPHANAGE FROM SUCH A YOUNG AGE AND HE WAS MALNOURISHED. SO, YOU KNOW, WE ACCEPTED IT.>>Reporter: ALTHOUGH HER FATHER HAD PASSED AWAY, ALICE WANTED TO GIVE HIM ROOTS.>>WE WERE DEVOTED TO OUR FATHER AND OUR FATHER WAS DEVOTED TO HIS FAMILY. HIS FAMILY WAS EVERYTHING TO HIM BECAUSE HE GREW UP WITHOUT A FAMILY. HE HAD ALREADY PASSED AWAY. BUT FOR HIS LEGACY, WE WANTED TO KNOW THE TRUTH. WE WANTED TO KNOW WHO HIS FAMILY WAS.>>Reporter: AFTER NEARLY THREE YEARS AND MULTIPLE DEAD ENDS, ALICE FOUND A CLUE THAT LED HER TO A WOMAN NAMED PAM BENSON AND AT LAST TO THE TRUTH. ALICE JOINS ME NOW. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>BEFORE WE GET TO YOUR MEETING WITH PAM, LET’S GO BACK TO WHEN YOU GET THE RESULTS FROM THE AN ANCESTRY.COM TEST. IT SAID YOU WERE JEWISH AND YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE IRISH-CATHOLIC. YOU WERE SO MYSTIFIED, YOU WROTE THEM A LETTER OF COMPLAINT.>>IT WAS WRONG.>>YOU BLEW IT. WRONG.>>THAT’S ALMOST EXACTLY WHAT I SAID.>>YOU FOLLOWED UP WITH A SECOND TEST WITH 23 AND ME. WITH THE SAME RESULTS.>>WITH THE SAME RESULTS.>>NOW, YOU START BELIEVING IT.>>I HAD BELIEVED IT BY THEN.>>OKAY. YOU HAVE BEEN RAISED IRISH-CATHOLIC. I’M IRISH-CATHOLIC. THAT’S RIGHT. YOU CELEBRATE BEING IRISH-CATHOLIC AND YOU DO ALL OF THE STUFF. YOU HAVE THE CORNED BEEF AND ALL OF IT. YOUR DAD HAS THE IRISH WAKE AND HE LOVES THE IRISH HERITAGE. AND YOU GO ON A SEARCH TO FIGURE OUT WHO HE WAS. WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL THEORY ABOUT WHY YOU WERE HALF-JEWISH AND DIDN’T KNOW?>>WE HAD SO MANY THEORIES. ONE OF THE THEORIES WAS THAT HIS PARENTS — THEY WERE IRISH BUT THEY WERE IRISH JEWS.>>MAYBE THEY WERE HIDING THEIR JEWISH HERITAGE.>>THEY WERE HIDING THE JEWISH HERITAGE. OR THEY WERE JEWS WHO ASSUMED IRISH IDENTITIES TO GET INTO THE UNITED STATES. WE CAME UP WITH ALL SORTS OF THEORIES.>>THERE WAS A QUESTION ABOUT SOMEBODY HAD AN AFFAIR.>>MAYBE SOMEBODY CHEATED.>>MAYBE SOMEBODY WASN’T WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE. AND YOU HAVE YOUR WHOLE FAMILY TESTED. EVERYBODY IN ALICE’S LIFE SAID, I’LL DO IT. I’LL DO 23 AND ME. AND YOU FIGURED OUT WHAT? WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONFIRMING PIECE OF EVIDENCE YOU HAD THAT TOLD YOU WHAT HAPPENED?>>THE FIRST CONFIRMING PIECE OF EVIDENCE WAS THAT, AND THIS IS TECHNICAL, YOU MAY NOT WANT TO GO INTO IT TOO MUCH. MY BROTHER, WHO TESTED, ACTUALLY BEFORE ME, BUT I DIDN’T KNOW IT, THAT HE HAD NO JEWI ISISH GENES ON HIS “X” CHROMOSOME.>>IT WASN’T FROM YOUR MOTHER. YOU KNEW YOUR DAD WAS THE ONE?>>DAD WAS IT.>>ON 23 AND ME, THAT WILL POP UP WITH A JEANETGENETIC MATCH. LIKE, I HAVE A SISTER IN COLORADO, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? AND YOU SAW A NAME COME UP. WHAT WAS THE NAME? PAM?>>THE NAME WAS JESSICA BENSON. ACTUALLY, IT WAS ANONYMOUS.>>OKAY. IT STARTED WITH AN ANONYMOUS. SOMEBODY WHO IS RELATED TO YOUR FAMILY.>>NOT TO MY FAMILY BUT TO MY FATHER’S ASSUMED FIRST COUSIN.>>IT GETS SO CONFUSING. THERE’S SOMEBODY IN HER LIFE WITH WHOM SHE HAS A RELATION. AND SHE’S TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE FAMILY MYSTERY. WHAT DID YOU TEDETERMINE? TELL US ABOUT YOUR CONVERSATION WITH HER.>>I ASKED IF SHE KNEW ANY OF THE FAMILY NAMES, THE IRISH NAMES. AND SHE WROTE BACK. NO, AS A MATTER OF FACT, I THOUGHT I WAS JEWISH. AND THEN, I STARTED ASKING HER, WHEN WAS — DO YOU ANYBODY IN YOUR FAMILY WHO WAS BORN ON THE SAME DAY AS MY FATHER?>>SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS JEWISH AND IT TURNED OUT, SHE WAS IRISH-CATHOLIC. OKAY? WE’RE PUTTING IT TOGETHER NOW? NOW THESE TWO WOMEN ARE TALKING. AND YOU ASKED — REPEAT THAT QUESTION YOU ASKED HER.>>I ASKED HER IF SHE KNEW ANY OF THIS. AND IF ANYBODY IN HER FAMILY WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 23rd, 1913. AND SHE SAID, OH, MY FATHER IS WAY TOO YOUNG TO BE THAT PERSON. AND I SAID, NO, NOT YOUR FATHER. HOW ABOUT YOUR GRANDFATHER? AND SHE CALLED UP HER AUNT, PAM BENSON, AND ASKED, DO WE HAVE — DID GRANDPA GET BORN ON SEPTEMBER 23rd, 1913? AND PAM EVIDENTLY TOLD HER YES.>>YOU SEE? TWO MEN, BORN ON THE SAME DATE IN THE SAME HOSPITAL, DELIVERED BY THE SAME DOCTOR. WHO WERE SWITCHED AT BIRTH AND RAISED IN THE WRONG FAMILIES.

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