Erik Beckjord Has Left The Building
Jon Erik Beckjord, paranormal, UFO and Bigfoot investigator, died two months ago today in San Francisco at age 69 from prostate cancer. Loren Coleman was right on this in a post over at Cryptomundo from July 25th. He was one of the stranger people I have met, and I remember his harmless antics and tireless research with some nostalgia, especially since he just missed all this recent Bigfoot brouhaha.
In the late 1980s, I used to go to meetings at the home of a New World Order-type named Gary Schmitt in Santa Monica. Beckjord would attend occasionally. On one fateful day, he brought a few UFO videos from area 51, and stayed late to show them to Schmitt. Somehow, I weaseled my way into the showing, and watched with a quiet skepticism while Beckjord and Schmitt stopped the tape continuously to go over details which I couldn’t see. One segment of lights flying like a swarm of insects over the southern end of Nellis Air Force Base did impress me however.
After Beckjord left I discovered that I couldn’t find my car keys. A phone call to him revealed that he had taken them for some reason, and I had to go to his Malibu home with a friend to pick them up. He didn’t explain why he took the keys, and he didn’t invite us in, but told me to pick them up from his roadside mailbox.
On another occasion, I met Beckjord by chance in a Malibu supermarket. He opened his ever-present briefcase and pulled out pictures someone had taken in northern California which he said contained images of bug-eyed aliens. I couldn’t see what he was talking about, but Beckjord seemed convinced.
Here is one of the pictures he showed me
For a few years, before he moved up north, he had a Bigfoot and UFO museum at another home in Venice beach. Exhibits consisted of folders full of photographs and papers propped against the walls in a couple of rooms. Apparently he opened a more sophisticated version of this homespun project in San Francisco when he moved there in 1996.
I have no idea where he got the money to live in Malibu or make trips to England to investigate crop circles and the Loch Ness Monster, as well as other places around the U.S. Jim Moseley, in his book Shockingly Close To The Truth, says that Beckjord was at work on a book called Sex and the Supernatural Sasquatch. I’d sure like to see the manuscript for that.
An obituary was published in the San Francisco Gate on July 25th.
Hat tip to Tim Cridland.
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