Betty Cash, Vickie Landrum, and 7-year-old grandson Colby Landrum were driving home through a secluded area on the night of December 29, 1980, when they came across a huge, diamond-shaped UFO in the middle of the road. The UFO was emitting an intense flame from the bottom. The three of them got out of the car to have a closer look, but because of the extreme heat, Vickie and Colby climbed back into the vehicle. Betty remained outside to watch the UFO as it hovered. The heat eventually became unbearable, and as Vickie tried to reenter the car, she found she had to use her coat to open the door, since the handle had become too hot to touch. As the UFO flew away, they watched as it become surrounded by 23 black helicopters.
Within hours after returning home, they began suffering with burns, nausea, headaches, hair loss, and eyesight damage. They went to the hospital several times, and eventually the doctors began to suspect they had been exposed to radiation. Betty Cash eventually developed cancer and continued to suffer from the ill effects of her encounter until her death in 1998.
Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum set an historical precedent by being the first people ever to sue the government over a UFO incident. Unfortunately, the case was rejected after the government claimed it has nothing to do with UFOs.
I believe the UFO they encountered was not an alien space craft, but a top secret experimental vehicle that was malfunctioning. This would explain why it was being escorted by the helicopters. In the second link below, UFO investigator Brad Sparks points out that their illness may have been the result of exposure to a chemical agent - rather than radiation.
This would be just another simple UFO encounter the government swept under the rug, if it weren't for the fact that these people suffered terrible injury and illness because of it.
The Full Story
Not Ionizing Radiation
[Added rant] I think this a tragedy. I watched the Kecksburg special on the Sci Fi channel last night and it occurred to me; it's easier to put on a show about a halfhearted attempt to investigate a UFO incident that happened decades ago, than it is to look into a recent encounter. I was surprised to find out there are not alot of people who have even heard of the Cash-Landrum incident.
I was ranting about wanting proof in another thread ... well, here it was. Here was an individual who suffered ill effects because of a close encounter with a UFO. She dealt with this for 18 years. But instead of being given the attention this case deserved, it was reduced to a footnote in the annals of UFO history.
I can imagine ten years from now, after all those involved have pass on, some lame documentary will show some idiot scratching the ground look for evidence.
I think it was snuffy that said maybe there are things we're not meant to know. He might be right, but I think the ones keeping it a mystery are as human as you or I.
Edited by theSOURCE, 25 October 2003 - 11:27 PM.