Is the December, 1980 Cash-Landrum UFO incident solved? That's precisely the question posed in the headline appearing in a July 9 online article by Shawn Jason for the Examiner.com.
The case has been covered at length for years amongst numerous sources, so I won't repeat all the details here. However, Jason's attempts to re-explore and confirm what some suspected over the years -- that a fleet of helicopters accompanying a strange, and peculiarly acting, object in the air involved, not a UFO, but a secret United States project -- actually leans toward a plausible explanation. Final word? Who knows? In any case, what Jason has done is to reach back to 1999 and the magazine, Popular Mechanics, which discovered under the Freedom of Information Act the existence of a super-secret Lenticular Reentry Vehicle. It is a serious malfunction of one such nuclear-equipped vehicle, suggests Jason, that caused mild to severe effects upon the three automobile occupants, both outside and inside of their car.
During and after this bizarre event, Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum and her grandson Colby experienced a variety of symptoms, and a nuclear radiation aspect became suspect from the start..
As updated by Shawn Jason:
Dr. Brian McClelland, Betty Cash's personal physician, later stated that the witnesses suffered radiation exposure on a level felt three to five miles from ground zero of Hiroshima or 2-3 grays of radiation. A full-body exposure at one time to 5 gray or more from high-energy radiation leads to death within 14 days. The victims encounter only lasted for approximately 15 minutes. All three had classic symptoms of exposure from nausea, vomiting and burns, to hair loss, swelling and diarrhea. Their health issues were immediate, starting only a few hours after the sighting.
Indeed, legal action was eventually undertaken to sue the government for damages due to chronic health effects and even death, but to this day there has not even been an official admission that the U.S. had any involvement.
We touched upon the Cash-Landrum incident way back in a blog entry of January 31, 2008, and if you reference that date you'll find the entire letter from which only a portion is featured here. I'm revisiting the subject today simply to reaffirm that APRO's Coral Lorenzen, unlike a lengthy list of folk intent upon screaming hysterically from the start that this was an extraterrestrial craft event, instead saw a trail of obvious crumbs from the start, and waited for medical evidence to support her opinion that this was no alien spacecraft incident.
The visual above, as well as the letter originally posted in its entirety, contains extracted names, and I left these out because there's no point in revealing them now. However, anybody familiar with UFO research history may easily recognize missing name identities. For the rest of you, suffice it to say that the late Coral Lorenzen conducted a long-running battle of condemnation regarding the organization MUFON and its director -- quite likely for good reasons -- and she was absolutely enraged that certain individuals affiliated with MUFON were publicly touting the extraterrestrial alien spacecraft hypothesis, despite the evidence. Her reference to the ABC-TV show, "That's Incredible" merely denotes an audio recording of the program's segment on the Cash-Landrum case.
Though controversy continues regarding the Cash-Landrum event, Coral Lorenzen's original concerns about the witnesses' experience of horror remain no less relevant today, and "today" encompasses an era often burdened with UFO "investigators" who see aliens around every corner, particularly when financially lucrative encounters or TV cameras drooling for stories of the incredible, true or not, come into play. As usual, sensational nonsense frequently trumps sober voices and reasonable documentation because the facts just aren't as sexy as bull crap attired in an alien negligé. And speaking of sex and bull crap. . .
To my readers in New York City who may soon enjoy the opportunity to vote for Anthony Weiner as your next mayor: (I'll try to disregard the fact that his wife has Muslim Brotherhood connections in her family.) Look, I don't care if the guy sends out pictures of his genitals all day and all night, and without a good supply of "perverts" and folk looked down upon just because they think differently from the masses, the world would be an intellectually desolate place. Nevertheless, if I had a crystal ball -- well, if I had a crystal ball the damned thing would roll off the table and smash into a zillion pieces because I'm rather a klutz when it comes to keeping round things in place. Anyway, if you elect Weiner, I'm entertaining this little scenario where all sorts of people in NY will be staying up all night, hoping to find ways to encounter this guy and fabricate a trail to accuse and sue him for something sexual. The problems might occur within his own office, among the staff. Whatever the circumstances, lawsuits could fly and New Yorkers could end up paying out millions and millions of dollars for sexual harassment actions, true or not. This is New York, after all. Of course you'll pay and pay and pay. Trust me, people are just wringing their hands, praying for Weiner to become both mayor and official NY sexual lawsuit lottery machine. Nice to know he's undergone "therapy" in the meantime, however. That worked out well, I'll just bet. As if there are no psychologists in the world who enjoy naughty pictures as much as the next patient or therapist. Okay Anthony, Dr. P. R. Vert will see you and your pal Carlos Danger now. . .and, make no mistake, Dr. P.R. Vert is open for business all day and all night long, armed and ready to either attack or cater to everybody's demons. Beware, New York City, you'll get what you vote for -- again.