20 Unsettling Facts About The UFO That Terrorized Gulf Breeze Florida

By Sarah Norman | December 27, 2023

Ed Walter Was a Normal Guy Until He Witnessed the Unexplainable

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Ed Walters, a local contractor and family man, allegedly began a long, strange encounter with beings from another world on November 11, 1987, in Gulf Breeze, Florida, a suburb of Pensacola. Walters claims that on that evening he was immobilized "briefly by a blue beam" before snapping five Polaroid photos of a large UFO as it left the area. He later stated that the craft that was floating outside his bedroom window was about 200 feet off the ground, something that he said was "right out of a [Steven] Spielberg movie. This single interaction was the starting point for one of the most contentious encounters with extraterrestrials of the 20th century.

Walters Gave The Photos To The Media Under The Guise Of "Mr X"

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In 1987, Ed Walters claimed to have taken photographs of a UFO outside his home in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He submitted the photographs to the Gulf Breeze Sentinel newspaper anonymously using the pseudonym "Mr. X" in November of that year. He reported that he had seen the UFO on multiple occasions and had even videotaped it. According to Walters, the UFO had landed on Soundside Drive and had left five aliens on the road.

Walters dropped the photos off at the Sentinel, claiming to be nothing more than a messenger for Mr. X, and that he didn't know any more about the photos than anyone else. Two of the five photos ran on the front page of the paper on November 19, 1987, along with a message from Mr. X and a small editorial comment asking for anyone else who saw the strange lights in the sky to contact the Sentinel.