- 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."