Shouts of “Government Cover-Up” are a
common feature of UFO incidents and are, mostly,
unfounded. However, on occasion, the evidence
and the obvious honestly of the witnesses
indicates that the true facts of the incident
are being withheld either by the Government, the
Military or similar agencies. The
Cash/Landrum incident does appear to be one of
the occasions when the true facts were hidden by
the U.S. Government and the U.S. Military.
|Betty Cash - a
successful business woman whose career and health were
ruined by a UFO experience.
Vickie Landrum - also suffered terrible health
problems after coming across a UFO.
|The location of
the Cash/Landrum incident
Dayton (Texas) in relationship to Houston.
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On the evening of 29th December, 1980, Betty Cash,
Vickie Landrum and her seven-year-old grandson Colby Landrum set
off to go to a bingo game in New Caney (Texas) but were
disappointed to discover that the game had been cancelled. They
decided to drive home to Dayton near Houston and at
approximately 9-00 p.m., they were travelling on Highway FM1485,
which runs through a forested area of oak and pine trees. Betty
was at the wheel of the car and they were close to the town of
At this point in time they observed a bright light moving over
the tress ahead of them. This light grew larger until it seemed
to be a “diamond of fire” from beneath which flames were
bursting intermittently. Betty had to apply the brakes with some
force when she realised that the object was right in their way,
hovering some 60 yards away. On a number of occasions the
strange object sank to within 25 ft. of the road surface, giving
out a blast of fire and then rising again.
The three of them got out of the car in order to see the object
more clearly and it appeared to be made of dull aluminium. The
four points of its diamond shape were rounded and a row of blue
dots ran across its centre. The object emitted an enormous heat
and on occasion seemed to make a “beeping sound”.
The terrified travellers got back in the car which was now too
hot to touch and were amazed to see a crowd of helicopters
arriving from all directions, “trying to encircle the thing”.
After driving for a further 8 miles they reached a location
where they could observe the UFO in the distance and that it was
surrounded by a swarm of helicopters. On one occasion a giant,
twin rotor CH-47 Chinook noisily passed right over them. In
total they counted 23 machines of various types.
||A Chinook helicopter
typical of the helicopters observed by Cash and Landrum.
Vickie Landrum and Betty Cash describe
their experience and the painful after effects.
In the hours that followed their UFO experience the trio
developed painful swellings and blisters on their skin. They
also suffered severe headaches and upset stomachs and Colby
developed a sunburn-like rash. Vickie’s hair began to fall out
and Betty had to be admitted to hospital as her eyes became so
swollen that she could not see. Over the weeks that followed
their UFO experience all three of them lost some hair and
developed eye problems. When their hair grew back it was
different from their original hair.
Other witnesses, including a police officer and his wife, did
confirm the flight path and appearance of the UFO. They also
confirmed the presence of the large number of helicopters that
were in the sky that night but local airfields and military
bases denied that such a fleet of helicopters had been deployed
or that any evidence of the incident appeared on Radar.
Vickie Landrum was convinced that they had come into close
contact with a secret military craft which was responsible for
their injuries and medical experts confirmed that the symptoms
that the three unfortunate victims suffered were consistent to
intense electromagnetic radiation in the ultra-violet, microwave
and X-ray bands.
Both Vickie and Betty Cash sued the U.S. Government for $20
million but in 1986 the case was dismissed on the grounds that
“no such object was owned, operated or in the inventory of the
U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force or NASA”.
Photographic evidence of the loss of hair caused by
their UFO experience.
|Despite their claims that they
knew nothing of the UFO, the U.S. Military tried to buy
Betty Cash's car on a number of occasions. The roof of the
car was damaged by the heat from the UFO!
About 3 weeks after the incident a
number of men in unmarked trucks arrived at the scene of the
UFO sighting and repaired the heat damage of the road.
Several weeks later they returned and removed 6 inches of
the surface material before repairing the road again. At the
location where the Cask/Landrum incident took place there is
evidence of new growth of vegetation in comparison with the
well established nearby trees.
Since the incident Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum have
both continuously suffered from the after effects of their
injuries. The U.S. Government has never been legally obliged to
confirm whether or not it knows what the “UFO” was regardless of
who owned it.
What was it - Some Additional Comments?
Initially the Cash/Landrum incident attracted little publicity
and because complaints were listened with deaf ears Cash and
Landrum called on the UFO community to investigate their
Within a few weeks of the incident John Schuessler of MUFON
carried out an in depth and professional investigation of the
events. This was followed up some years later by another
investigation carried out by expert investigator Ken Storch.
Both of these UFO investigators came to the conclusion that Cash
and Landrum were being perfectly honest in their account of the
There have been accusations made that the whole incident was a
hoax. This seems highly unlikely as members of the medical
profession have described injuries obtained during the incident
as being symptomatic of 2nd/3rd grade
classic radiation exposure. These injuries had a massive
long-lasting effect and caused not only physical problems but
also loss of income and the inability to work. To continue to
carry out a hoax with all the symptoms displayed over such a
long time period would also be very difficult. Also, there was
the eye witness testimony which confirmed the claims of Cash and
The parties involved in the incident came quickly to the opinion
that the object they came across was some sort of secret craft
belonging to the military. Obviously this has never been
admitted but perhaps, at least in one respect, the U.S.
Government are being honest when it is maintained that the
object did not belong to them or the military.
Perhaps the object received so much attention from the military
at the time of the incident because it really was an
Unidentified Flying Object.
John Schuessler, eminent UFO investigator (MUFON)
Ken Storch, UFO investigator and full time policeman.