Aug 27, 2010 I Micah Hanks

The Moonburn Syndrome: Radiation Sickness and UFOs

Over the decades, there have been a number of UFO witnesses who have described having terrifying--and even sickening--experiences after UFO encounters.

These didn't involve little green men attacking or experimenting on them, or even harassment by Men in Black, but instead dealt with odd symptomatic conditions that appeared to result from radiation poisoning, specifically for those who managed to be get particularly close to hovering or landed UFO craft.

During a recent conversation I shared with a friend of mine named Wes Owsley, we were discussing an interview he had conducted with physicist Stanton Friedman a while back. Friedman, with a background in nuclear physics that resulted in a Bachelors Degree and Master of Science from the University of Chicago, had worked for programs overseen by companies such as defense contractor McDonnell Douglas early in his career, at which time highly advanced, classified programs involving nuclear aircraft, rockets, and nuclear fuel sources for use in outer space were being undertaken. According to Owsley, Friedman indicated that, to his knowledge, the projects involving nuclear craft had been discontinued; but was this really the case?

Several incidents bring to mind the notion that, indeed, the U.S. Government may have continued working on advanced aircraft that drew flight power from nuclear sources. Sadly, the best evidence to support these claims exists in the injuries and ailments sustained by civilians who came into close proximity to these craft. One widely reported incident occurred in December 1980, when two women, Betty Cash and Vicky Landrum, along with Landrum's seven-year-old grandson, witnessed a large diamond-shaped UFO hovering over the highway as they traveled home from dinner. As they approached the object, Betty stopped the car, and got out of the vehicle to observe the craft, which hovered over the highway in front of her, producing tremendous heat before leaving the area. As it disappeared, the witnesses say more than twenty military helicopters then appeared.

After the incident, all three victims suffered symptoms of radiation poisoning, with Betty Cash, who had gotten out of the vehicle, suffering the most. The Air Force was contacted, whom the individuals had hoped might provide medical assistance for their ailments. The officials they spoke with, however, denied any involvement in the event that had transpired. Betty Cash passed away in Birmingham, Alabama on the 18th anniversary of the event, having suffered a variety of cancers and other conditions that developed after her encounter. Her amazing story was documented in the 1990s by the popular program Unsolved Mysteries, featuring a variety of commentary from doctors and others involved in what became known as the Cash-Landrum Incident. To view Part One of the UM segment that originally aired, see the video below:


Here's Part Two (note the observations of all parties, including MUFON investigator John Schuessler, propose it may have been some kind of government craft that was involved):


Is it possible that secret nuclear programs continued throughout the several decades that followed Stanton Friedman's years working for McDonnell Douglas? More importantly, did Betty Cash and her company encounter such a craft--an experimental vehicle with dangerous capabilities that perhaps weren't fully known--that ultimately may have shortened her life? If the craft witnessed in December 1980 wasn't of government origin, what else could it have been?

Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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