They got me…and I am glad

Around the summer of 1985, I happened across an HBO documentary on UFO phenomenon. As I recall, the last featured case involved the strange eyewitness accounts of Betty Cash and Vicky Landrum, as well as that of Vicky’s grandson Colby, which captivated a 13 year old me and it left me with a lasting hunger to learn more about UFO’s.

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Around 9 pm on the evening of December 29, 1980, the trio were returning home from dinner out, in the rural woods near Dayton, Texas, when they spotted a bright light in the distance. Initially, they dismissed the light as a plane headed to Houston Intercontinental airport, less than 40 miles away. Eventually they happened upon the light which was very near the road. They described the light as very bright that generated intense heat. Betty and Vicky described seeing an object that was “diamond shaped”. They also said the lower portion of this object was emitting flame. The women stated that the light was blinding and there was an intense heat they immediately felt. Betty Cash stated that she stepped out of the car, hoping to see better what was causing them such discomfort and if they could drive past this object.

Vicky Landrum stated that Colby, not quite 7 years old was terrified. Vicky stated that she told Colby, to not be afraid. She believed in that instant that they were experiencing the return of Jesus Christ.


Both women stated that the heat had been so intense, the metal of the car burned Betty’s hand and that Vicky left a hand print in the vinyl of the dashboard. The imprint was confirmed by an investigator.

Once the object began to move away, at this time Betty, Vicky and Colby say they saw 23 black helicopters, which they felt were pursuing the object. It was these witnesses, who were so close to an object that could not be identified and produced physical effects…that hooked me. Their individual testimonies alone were enough for a teen who wanted to know more.

Both women experienced physical ailments, they attributed to their experience with the object. They also filed a lawsuit against the US. The suit having been dismissed, since the helicopters witnessed could not be proven to belong to the government.

Move ahead 10 years and I really start reading more about the paranormal and specifically UFO cases. There are many details that give credibility to the testimony of these three witnesses. Investigation details as well as after sighting experiences by the witnesses that further sell this case as legitimate to me. In my next post, I will try to argue the merits of this important case.

Ron L

***My opinions are my own. They do not necessarily reflect those of Paranormal UFO Group nor its members.***



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