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Secret UFO Cover-up

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At 9:00 PM on 29 December 1980, near Huffman, Texas, Betty Cash was driving with her friend Vickie Landrum and Vickie’s seven-year-old grandson, Colby, when they saw a fiery object in the sky.  They stopped the car, got out and watched it descend and hovered no more than 135 feet away from them, flames shooting down from its underside.  Frightened, Vickie and Colby had clambered back into the car right away.  By the time Betty joined them, the outside door handle was too hot to touch.

As the craft flew onwards, the trio drove behind it.  That is when they noticed that it was being ‘escorted’ by 23 Chinook twin-rotor helicopters.

Shortly after arriving home, Betty developed a blinding headache, neck pains, skin-irritation and diarrhea.  Her eyes swelled shut, she vomited uncontrollably and fluid-filled nodules appeared on her scalp.  Four days later she was admitted to the burns unit at Parkway General Hospital in Houston.

Colby and Vickie, who had spent less time outside the car suffered from eye inflammation.  Colby appeared to have ‘sunburn’ on his face, and both Vickie and Betty subsequently suffered from hair loss.  Betty went on to develop breast cancer, although this may have been unrelated to their experience.

Passed from doctor to doctor (Betty’s medical bill totaled $10,000 by February of 1981), a definite diagnosis was not forthcoming, although most agreed that some form of radiation damage had occurred.

Cash and Landrum sued the US Government for twenty million dollars.  Representatives from the Air Force, the Army, the Navy and NASA took to the stands and testified that they did not own or operate such an object and it was on these grounds that Judge Ross Sterling dismissed the case.  Neither Betty Cash, nor the Landrums, nor independent witnesses who had seen the object and the Chinooks were allowed to testify.

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Although bite marks have proved to be convincing evidence, the case of Irene Kennedy reveals the dangers involved in accepting such evidence with absolute confidence. On December 1, 1998, Irene Kennedy, 75, and Thomas Kennedy, 78, began their early morning walk in Francis William Bird Park in Walpole, Massachusetts. As was their custom, they walked a short distance and then separated to follow different paths before reuniting at the end of their strolls. But Irene Kennedy never rejoined her husband. She was brutally murdered, and her nearly naked body was left covered with bite marks.

Police dogs brought to the crime scene led police to the nearby home of Edmund Burke, the eccentric brother of the Kennedy’s son-in-law. Burke was questioned and was asked to submit samples of blood, saliva, fingerprints, palm-prints, and dental impressions. After carefully examining Burke’s dental impressions and the bite marks on Irene Kennedy’s body, forensic scientist Dr. Lowell Levine reportedly told police that the bite marks on the body were, with reasonable scientific certainty, made by Edmund Burke. On the basis of the available evidence, Burke was arrested on December 10 and charged with murder.

Eight days later, the results of tests comparing the DNA in Burke’s saliva with that collected from the bites on Irene Kennedy were released. The DNA samples did not match, but Burke was not released. A month later, a bloody palm-print found on Irene Kennedy’s thigh did not match the print of Burke’s palm. Burke was released on January 20. DNA and palm-prints, two types of evidence more conclusive than bite marks, had shown that Burke was not Irene Kennedy’s murderer. The crime remains unsolved.