John Schuessler - Keeping
His Eye On Close Encounters
By Grayden Jones
Spokane Spokesman-Review
He's seen the radiation burns and hair fall out. He's documented the paralysis and fried corneas.
In more than 400 cases, John Schuessler has recorded evidence of physical injury by people who claimed they have had close encounters with unidentified flying objects.
"It can happen to anyone at any time," said Schuessler, deputy director of the San Antonio, Texas-based Mutual UFO Network Inc. (MUFON). "Most people are apathetic about UFOs, but when it happens to them, it changes their life."
Schuessler, who lives in Littleton, Colo., is in Spokane this weekend to hold private meetings with members of MUFON, an organization that tracks and researches UFO incidents. The local chapter has 18 members.
The retired Boeing engineer is considered the nation's expert in the dramatic case of Betty Cash and Vickie and Colby Landrum, two Texas women and a grandson who in 1980 claimed they were nearly killed by radiation from an object that hovered over their Oldsmobile Cutlass.
Schuessler rejects any suggestion that bug-eyed, bulb-headed aliens are communing with humans. He's convinced that the long list of physical injuries are proof that something other than hallucinations are behind many UFO sightings reported each year.
Nine out of 10 UFO reports are bogus and can be explained by science, Schuessler said.
Schuessler said he spent 16 years researching his book, "The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident." He concluded that a diamond-shaped object with power and mobility not known on Earth scorched the Texas women. Federal officials have attempted to cover up the incident, Schuessler said, denying any knowledge of military helicopters that witnesses said were tracking the object.
Jerry Rolwes, director of MUFON in Spokane, said that since 1994 there have been 10 documented cases of UFOs across the Inland Northwest. One of the most spectacular occurred in early 1996 when a Sagle, Idaho, woman, her teenage daughter and two Sandpoint police officers witnessed an unexplained, bright object over a lake.
"I've never witnessed a UFO," Schuessler said, "but it intrigues the heck out of me."