Truman Bethurum

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Truman Bethurum
Truman Bethurum in about 1955
Born(1898-08-21)August 21, 1898
DiedMay 21, 1969(1969-05-21) (aged 70)
Known forAlleged contact with extraterrestrials
Alleged abduction of Truman Bethurum
Status Multiple Contactee
Abductor Space Brothers
Book The Voice of the Planet Clarion

Truman Bethurum (August 21, 1898 – May 21, 1969) was the second of the well known 1950s UFO or alien "contactees", individuals who claimed to have spoken with people from other inhabited planets and entered or ridden in their spacecraft. Bethurum was born in Gavalin, California, and in the early 1950s worked as a mechanic on a road-building crew and as a spiritual advisor. In 1953, Bethurum first published magazine and newspaper (Redondo Beach Daily Breeze, September 25, 1953) accounts of being contacted on eleven separate occasions by the human crew of a landed space ship, and repeatedly conversing with its beautiful and voluptuous female captain, Aura Rhanes.[1] Saucer and crew, who spoke colloquial English, came from the unknown planet Clarion (allegedly on the other side of our Sun[2]), which, from the earth, always remains out of sight. Bethurum's 1954 book, Aboard a Flying Saucer, gave many details of his suffering at the hands of skeptics and a great deal of information about Captain Rhanes, Clarion and its people.[3][4]

Most contactees of this period became (or already were) leaders in new paradigm movements to inform and educate people about extraterrestrial intelligent life; Some of the better-known contactees included George Adamski, George Van Tassel, Daniel Fry, and George King. Mr Bethurum made it known that the space people had asked him to consider creating a place of learning for those who were interested in considering the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligent life, with Mr Bethurum as facilitator. The Sanctuary of Thought, a philosophical group, was subsequently created near Prescott, Arizona. Mr Bethurum claimed to possess physical evidence such as unique items given to him by Captain Aura Rhanes.

Some of Bethurum's later books include The Voice of the Planet Clarion (1957), Facing Reality (1958), and The People of the Planet Clarion (1970), published posthumously after his death in Landers, California in 1969. The first 44 pages of the final book are an autobiography of Bethurum covering his life up to 1953. Columba Krebs wrote the afterword.

Mr Bethurum himself jokingly remarked in his many public lectures that his second wife had divorced him in 1955 mainly due to jealousy over Captain Rhanes. He later remarried a third time, with the wedding taking place at one of Mr George Van Tassel's popular yearly Giant Rock Spacecraft Conventions.

See also[edit]

  • When Prophecy Fails (a book about Dorothy Martin who claimed to have received prophetic messages from the planet Clarion)


  1. ^ A sketch of Aura Rhanes is included
  2. ^ Alien Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Contact edited by Diana G. Tumminia, p.27
  3. ^ The Ufo Book of Lists| By STEPHEN J SPIGNESI, Stephen J. Spignesi|
  4. ^ Strange Secrets: Real Government Files on the Unknown By Nick Redfern, Andy Roberts]

Further reading[edit]

  • Lewis, James R., editor, UFOs and Popular Culture, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2000. ISBN 1-57607-265-7.
  • Story, Ronald L., editor, The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters, NY, NY: New American Library, 2001. ISBN 0-451-20424-7.
  • Bethurum, Truman, Messages from the People of the Planet Clarion, New Brunswick, NJ: Inner Light Publications, 1995. ISBN 0-938294-55-5. A currently available reprint of Bethurum's last book.

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