John Schuessler, The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident. GeoGraphics Printing Company, 1998
This privately published book gives a detailed account of one of the most puzzling of all UFO incidents, the encounter by two middle aged women and the grandchild of one, with a a diamond shaped object and a fleet of helicopters, and their subsequent illnesses. It is a pity then that Schuessler starts this book with a science fiction scenario, followed by a reconstruction using presumably invented dialogue. The witnesses illnesses, which included sickness, diarrhoea, sickness, burns and hair loss have been attributed to radiation poisoning by ufologists and some doctors, but it is not clear whether the symptoms were compatible with other explanations such as psychosomatic reactions or chemical contamination. Not all the medical jargon reproduced is explained, and would need to evaluated by people with a medical training.
The case illustrates the need for the very rapid investigation of such cases , because of the several weeks delay in reporting this case, their does not appear to have been any search for physical evidence at the site, evidence which might rule in or out chemical contamination, a suggestion made rather plausible by the witnesses recollection of the smell like lighter fluid during the incident. In looking for explanations of this case there seem to be 3 possible lines of enquiry:
- The incident might just have been some form of radical misperception, with the physical reactions being caused by stress.
- The experiences might be radical misperceptions or something largely hallucinatory caused by, rather than causing the illness, and we should look to some kind of food poisoning or other chemical contamination as the cause.
- The witnesses were injured by some action of the United States government. In which case we might suggest that the diamond shaped light and ‘fire’ were powerful lights slung from yet another helicopter or helicopters, hidden in the glare. Once again some kind of chemical contamination looks most likely- the test of some chemical weapon or defoliant perhaps. If the witnesses did actually suffer from radiation poisoning then what could the helicopters have been carrying, a damaged nuclear reactor? Any guesses?
Then perhaps what we are seeing here is a modern high tech version of the celestial army of the dead, with Odin replaced by a fearsome light, opening up the heavens like the second coming, and the hell hounds replaced by hell-icopters, flying death machines, riding to the tune of the Ride of the Valkyries. Then the injuries are stigmata, the scars of a violation of taboo, an encounter with that which no eye should see, a new form of elf shot. Radiation becomes the techno symbol of pollution, contamination. -- Peter Rogerson