UFO sighting June, 1973, over Santa Monica Bay. Witnessed by The Truth Denied researcher, Jim Kerr
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This is an account of a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) , witnessed by myself (Jim Kerr) 46 years ago that sparked my interest in ufology and the paranormal. This sighting was the first of many to come. If you have ever witnessed a UFO, please be sure to share it with me in the comment section below this article. ALL sightings are of interest to me.
In the summer of 1973, I was 17-years-old and had recently graduated from high school. Like any other teenager, I was into building hot-rod cars and motorcycles. However I wasn’t a drinker and had never experimented with drugs. To the contrary, I actually set my goals on becoming a police officer.
At approx 9:00 pm, I picked up my friend Kenny at his home in Van Nuys California, and we decided to spend the evening cursing around in my car. This was back in the days when teens would cruise Van Nuys Boulevard showing off their hotrods.
After a few hours, we decided to take a drive to Santa Monica Beach and hang out on the beach. After arriving, we walked over to one of the Lifeguard stations on the beach and sat down on the gangplank that led up to the lookout shack. We sat there for approx 15 minutes talking about our plans for building racing engines and modifications to our cars.
For some strange reason, our conversation changed from cars to aliens and flying saucers. To this day, I don’t know why we began talking about that subject as neither of us had an interest in the subject. About 5 minutes into the conversation, Kenny stated. “I will never believe in flying saucers and aliens until I see one.” As soon as those words left his mouth, we both noticed an illuminated oval object traveling north from the south side of the Bay just off the shore of the north end of the Palos Verdes Penninsula. The object was brilliant white but did not radiate light. Nor did it look anything like an aircraft landing light. Imagine a brilliant white cardboard cutout shaped like an oval traveling across the night sky emitting no radiant light.
Neither of us said a word as we watched this object travel north across the Bay and come to a stop straight in front of us approx 10-12 miles offshore. Based on looking at a map of the area, the UFO traveled approx 12 miles from where we first observed it just north of the Palos Verdes Penninsula until it came to a stop. As it crossed the Bay, it’s speed was approximately the speed of a propeller-driven airplane. At arm’s length, the UFO was approx 4 millimeters wide at the widest points of the oval. When the UFO stopped and hovered directly in front of us, I estimate it was approx 10 degrees above the horizon. Still not saying a word, Kenny and I watched this object hover for approx one minute. Suddenly, in less than one second, the object accelerated straight up and went from approx 4 millimeters in diameter to a pinpoint and was gone from sight. Imagine watching a jet aircraft traveling away from your location. After many minutes, the jet becomes smaller and smaller until you can no longer see it. This UFO went from the size we observed it to a pinhead and vanished in less than a second. The UFO’s speed was unbelievable.
Approx five minutes later we observed three military jets flying south approaching the Santa Monica Bay from the north. I presume these jets were F-4 Phantoms. The closest base these F-4’s could have launched from was the Point Magu Naval Air Station located approx 45 miles north of Santa Monica. The F-4’s were flying back and forth over the Bay at low altitude for approx 5-10 minutes then left the area heading north. It appeared the pilots were looking for something. Most likely, the UFO we had just witnessed.
In June of 1973, at 2:00 am, I observed an illuminated oval object travel north across the Santa Monica Bay, stop and hover, then accelerate up into the atmosphere at an incredible speed and vanish from sight in less than a second. Minutes later military jets were over the Bay that appeared to be searching for something.
My sighting of this UFO took place 46 years ago, but I remember this incident as if it happened yesterday. This sighting had a profound effect on my life as I had no interest in UFOs or paranormal type events. It was this incident that sparked my interest in researching UFO and paranormal activity. I still have many questions that may never be answered. One question that stands out is, why did we see this UFO immediately after having a conversation with my friend about flying saucers and aliens? My friend Kenny stated, “I will never believe in flying saucers and aliens until I see one.”, and there it was flying across the Bay. The UFO stopped and hovered as if to say, here I am. To this day, I believe there was a paranormal aspect to this sighting. What that aspect is I have many theories. To add to my suspicions of the paranormal, one week after this sighting, I awoke in the middle of the night and was compelled to look out my bedroom window. I climbed out of bed, looked out the window, and at an approx 45-degree angle in the night sky, I saw the same type of UFO as the Santa Monica Bay UFO. The object hovered for several seconds then accelerated upward and vanished. From 1973 to 1995, my family and I had many paranormal events take place in our lives. Not only UFO sightings, but paranormal type sightings of entities and other strange creatures. In conclusion, I can not identify what I observed back in 1973. It was an Unidentified Flying Object that defied the laws of known physics.
Additional Information, and links
I’m not only an investigator for The Truth Denied, but a UFO investigator for The Black Vault/TBV Investigations owned by John Greenewald. If you have an interest in UFOs/ UAPs, and have been following AATIP, To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, Tom DeLonge , and Luis Elizondo, you need to read the investigations by John Greenewald, owner of The Black Vault. Links below.
Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP)
ATTIP supposedly was initiated in 2007 by U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Nevada billionaire and Aerospace Developer Robert Bigelow to study Unidentified Flying objects that had been reported by the US Navy. It was funded by the Pentagon for the Defense Intelligence Agency and ended 5 years and $22 million dollars later. Many unanswered questions have surfaced regarding the length of the program, why it ended and it’s discoveries, many of which were never made public.
Navigating the Twisted Maze of the AATIP Timeline
Scroll down this page for all of John Greenewald’s investigations, articles and radio shows regarding AATIP, To The Stars, and Luis Elizondo. You will find this quite interesting.
Click the link below to read some of our UFOs and paranormal investigations at The Black Vault.
Extra Information: The possibility that UFOs are inter-dimensional
While the majority of people who have an interest in UFOs firmly believe extraterrestrials pilot them, I have many theories, but I always return to the hypothesis they are interdimensional and demonic. Due to personal experience, I have reason to keep this theory on the table. Generally speaking, many ufologists along with the general public will dismiss that so-called extraterrestrials are demonic, fallen angels, or malevolent dimensional beings. Many times when I touch on this subject, people roll their eyes, scoff, and accuse me of being a Bible thumper. Yes, I have researched the Bible, and keeping an open mind, it is possible the UFO phenomena could be interdimensional, demonic, or Biblical entities known as fallen angels. I’m only saying keep an open mind. No one has the answers, but the aforementioned is a possibility. In the future, I will share some of my other sightings and paranormal experiences.
One of my favorite researchers, filmmakers, authors, and lecturers is L.A. Marzulli. In keeping all possibilities on the table, check out his films, books, and lectures. He and his wife also had their own UFO encounter while driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Ca. Malibu is 18 miles north of Santa Monica. Yesterday, I emailed L.A. asking him about his sighting. Here is his statement along with a YouTube link where he describes the sighting.
“My wife and I had just finished eating dinner, and we were driving north on PCH. It was about 8 pm. The Wifey was driving, and I was in the passenger seat. I spotted what looked like a plane flying very low and coming right at us. As I watched I realized it wasn’t a plane and in fact, it wasn’t moving. Then, my wife spotted it too. Suddenly another light appeared over the larger one and slowly descended into the larger light below it. Then the light dissipated into several concentric rings and disappeared. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. About 30 seconds went by and BAM! The big light appeared again. At this point I turned to my wife and said, We’re not in Kansas anymore!” –L.A. Marzulli
Video link: L.A. describes his UFO sighting at 1 minute, 53 seconds into this video.