Kusche, Lawrence David (1940– )
Author of an important critical work on the Bermuda Triangle
mystery. His carefully researched book, The Bermuda Triangle
Mystery—Solved (1975), examines popular theories of time
warps, black holes, UFOs, and so on and opts for a rational view
that there is no single overall mysterious explanation, but rather
a mystery built up from inaccurate research, exaggeration,
omission of important facts, and the spread of rumors. Kusche
has had considerable experience as a flight instructor and also
as a research librarian. In commenting on his approach to such
matters as the Bermuda Triangle question, he has stated
‘‘I might be called a skeptic. It’s not that I disbelieve anything
and everything, but I especially question much of the present
day written and televised information that passes for ‘fact.’
Much of it is nothing more than a half-fact attempt to earn as
much money as possible with as little regard for truth as possible.’’
Kusche followed his initial book with The Disappearance of
Flight 19 (1980), which discusses the disappearance on December
5, 1945, of five navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers, carrying
14 men, after leaving Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station on
a routine flight. This event has often been cited as a basic example
of the Bermuda Triangle mystery. Kusche spent seven years
in careful research of all aspects of the event, including many
interviews, and retraced the Flight 19 route. He provides a basically
rational explanation of the tragedy, which he believes
was the lack of experience of the pilots.
Sources
Kusche, Lawrence David. The Bermuda Triangle Mystery—
Solved. New York Harper & Row, 1975.
———. The Disappearance of Flight 19. New York Harper &
Row, 1980.