Monday, February 16, 2015

Cash-Landrum UFO case: Book Coverage

The Cash-Landrum case has been mentioned in a great many UFO books, but most often as just a brief summary. Most offer no independent investigation, and just repeat the John Schuessler reports. There are few that do better, and here's some of the more notable ones. 

There will be revisions from time to time, to add other titles and comment on why they are worthy of inclusion. Many deserve full reviews.

The Spectrum of UFO Research
Chicago: J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, 1988, Mimi Hynek, ed. John Schuessler's first lecture on the Cash-Landrum case from Sept. 1981. The presentation serves as as an excellent introduction to the case, telling the story of the events, and discussing the early months of the investigation. The narrative of the encounter is followed by speculation about the injuries and their source. Includes photographs, the Q & A session that followed Schuessler's lecture and his 1988 update on the case.

  1. The Age of the Ufo

      ‎Peter Brookesmith editor - 1992

      This book is an essential for the case. I collects three magazine articles written for The Unexplained magazine by John F. Schuessler  and features his color photographs of the scene and the witnesses. There's information in these articles not appearing anywhere else including Schuessler's later book.

      Good, Timothy in his “Above Top Secret” (1987) (available on Amazon USA and on Amazon UK) at pages 296-298 (in Chapter 12) of the Sidgwick & Jackson hardback edition (with the same page numbering in the Guild Publishing hardback edition and the Grafton paperback edition). (This info from )

      Good's book (and some of his later ones) tie the C-L case into 90s conspiracy lore, repeating some of the material that was presented in the TV special UFO Cover-Up? Live.

    The UFO EncyclopediaUFOs in the 1980s

      Jerome Clark - 1990

      Clark's entry on the case is a good summary of John Schuessler's early material on the case, chiefly his report presented at the 1981 CUFOS conference. 

    UFO Cover-up: What the Government Won't Say - Page 258


      Fawcett and Greenwood's chief interest in the case comes from the involvement of "mystery helicopters" that were so often associated with cattle mutilation lore.

    The UFO phenomenon - Page 155

      Time-Life Books - 1997 

      Very brief coverage of the C-L case. This one is chiefly worth mentioning due to artwork featured in the two-page spread, and for the extensive newspapers advertising that spotlighted the case.

    The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident

    This book was self-published and had a relatively small pressing, and is now out of print. The most valuable thing it offers are reproductions of case documents and witness testimony. It would be fantastic to see this released as an ebook where the photographs could be seen at a higher resolution and in color. This book is imperfect, but the best coverage on the case published to date.

    Project Moon Dust: Beyond Roswell-- Exposing The Government's Covert Investigations and Cover-ups

    In Kevin D. Randle's 1998 book, Project Moon Dust, chapter 11 was a ten page analysis, titled, "December 29, 1980: The Cash-Landrum UFO Encounter." Kevin Randle is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, and his service and his experience as a helicopter pilot should aid in the understanding of the military involvement in this case. More coverage on this book at 
    Kevin Randle on Cash-Landrum: A Military Perspective

  2. Pentagon Aliens aka Space Aliens from the Pentagon

      William Lyne - 1999 - ‎No preview

      Lyne's is an odd one, and is included for his brief interview with Vickie Landrum. There are some odd little details mentioned in the book, ones that can't be verified. 

    UFOsAngels and Stories of Faith and Courage


      Graves book is noteworthy in that it's the only one to depict the witnesses on the cover. Shortly after Betty Cash's death, he contacted Vickie Landrum  and spoke to her family, who believed the UFO was an "atomic plane."

    The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence

    This is a frustrating one, as it summarizes Schuessler's presentation of the case to the Sturrock panel, but doesn't present it. A bit like somebody reciting what was in yesterday's newspaper, and it leaves you with the feeling you are missing something.

    The UFO Evidence: A Thirty-Year Report - Page 665
    Richard H. Hall - 2001 

    Hall does an excellent job of summarizing the case as known without sensationalizing it or playing it for emotion. I liked it well enough, I've used it as the official BBL summary of the case, as The UFO Story.

      Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained ...


        Skinwalker just gives a recap of the case. No new information.

      Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National ... - Page 189

        Greg Bishop - 2005
        The craft in the Cash-Landrum incident was described as "like a diamond turned on its end," and he must have known this, but Bennewitz appears to have thought that the aircraft he had spotted (he stated that there were two) crumpled on the ...

        Bishops book is very interesting. There's a C-L connection to the Bennewitz saga, but it's uncertain if it was just speculation or if it was the result of manipulation. Bennewitz thought the C-L UFO was a joint US-alien venture, part of the lore that became Dulce and the dark UFO mythology. The C-L coverage is very short, but there's lots of other reason to read this one.

      Need to Know: UFOs, the Military, and Intelligence - Page 451

        Timothy Good - 2007

        More on Doty-style Cash-Landrum info, trying to tie things to the Bennewitz backdrop.

      Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion: Tesla, UFOs, and ... - Page 263

        "Evidence that the Air Force was test-flying an antigravity craft surfaced on the night of December 29, 1980. Betty Cash, age fifty-one  her friend Vickie Landrum, age fifty-seven, and Vickie's seven-year-old …"

        LaViolette's book is a useful example of the case being used as means to further someone's agenda or prop up a conspiracy theory.

      1. UFOs and the National Security State:

        The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991
        Richard Dolan - 2009
        "While, across the ocean, the Rendlesham Forest was the scene of dramatic UFO activity, Betty Cash,Vickie Landrum,and Vickie's grandson Colby Landrum were driving in the State of Texas, on the Cleveland Huffman Road on the way to the town…"

        Nothing original in Dolan's coverage. His depiction of the events is used to illustrate his premise of colossal sinister UFO cover-up.

      Left at East Gate: A First-hand Account of the Rendlesham ... - Page 195

        "The Cash-Landrum UFO incident occurred in Texas within twelve hours of the third night's incident at RAF Bentwaters. Two women — Vicky Cash and Betty Landrum — and Betty's grandson, Colby, saw a huge, toplike UFO..."

        East Gate just gives us a brief detour form Rendlesham to Huffman Texas. Since the events happened so close in time together, their frequently mentioned in the same breath, but there's no valuable similarity.

      Texas UFO Tales: From Denison 1878 to Stephenville 2008
      Mike Cox, ‎Renee Roderick - 2010 

      Texas UFO Tales was a pleasant surprise. A lot of regional UFO books are cranked out quickly, and that may have been the intent here, but someone goofed up and got a good researcher. The coverage of the C_L case is very good and you'll only find some of the data by digging as deeply yourself. It's the only book to date to include the testimony from the Bergstrom AFB interviews with the witnesses.

      UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities - Page 25
      “Cash-Landrum... is a very solid case, in which the observations and facts just don't make sense or support any prosaic hypothesis."

      Alexander's coverage of the case is brief, but well worth reading as he participated in the DAIG's investigation of the case led by George Sarran. Alexander's conclusions on the case are among the most interesting, the events were real, but perhaps not the kind of real we are used to! 

      Confessions of a Professional Smart-Ass by John Kelso "John Kelso has been writing a humor column for the Austin American-Statesman for more than thirty years. Confessions of a Professional Smart-Ass is about the people, places and things he's found over three decades that help (as the saying goes) Keep Austin Weird."
      This book features a four page section on the author's memories of covering the Cash-Landrum sighting for the Austin-American Statesman. His was one of the few articles to approach the case with skepticism. 

      UFO mavens would be better off reading his original article (which I may be able to reprint someday). The book is just a short recap of the case with some Kelso flavor, and leaves out the interesting details in his article. About all the only thing new here is his negative impressions of the town of Dayton. While he cracks wise in his memoirs, he admits he didn't know just what to make of the story.

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