The Pascagoula alien abduction case is probably one of the most interesting, believable and well- documented incidents I have ever researched – although recent claims of a second abduction experiences by one of the men involved sheds a different light on the case. Still, it does not necessarily discredit the veracity of the initial experience. However, we’ll examine this carefully later in this special report.
On Oct. 11, 1973, what started out as a seemingly innocent attempt by two workers at a shipyard to catch some fish on the Pascagoula River in Mississippi after work one night, ended up becoming one of the most celebrated alien abduction cases in Ufology and the world at large.
The alleged abduction occurred when 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker were fishing off the pier on the west bank of the river. As they sat waiting for the fish to bite they claimed they suddenly heard a weird whirling sound, which Hickson later described as similar to “air coming out of a pipe” and Parker described as “like a truck’s air breaks.”
As the men turned to see what was making the noise, the shocked duo say they saw two flashing blue lights coming from a cigar-shaped, unknown aircraft, 40-feet long and about 10-feet high hovering just two feet off the ground. Both men rubbed their eyes while Parker immediately began trembling uncontrollably, according to the older Korean War veteran Hickson.
Parker Goes Into Shock
“I had seen many men go into shock when I was in combat, and Calvin was in shock,” Hickson said, in a 1999 recorded interview.
The experience that was allegedly about to happen to both men had been so traumatic for Parker that he claims he has suffered emotional problems for years. In a video interview some 19 years after the event, Parker, who at first had remained silent, said the abduction experience had torn his life asunder, destroying him physically, breaking up his family and even making him consider suicide at one point in his life.
But on the night of the abduction Parker went into shock at the time Hickson noticed that three creatures had emerged from a opening in the craft and were swiftly approaching them in an unorthodox manner.
“They were levitating about a foot and a half above the ground,” Hickson said. At this point, Parker fainted, but Hickson, who remained conscious, was somehow paralyzed and watched helplessly as the creatures took him and Parker back to their ship.
“I kept saying to myself, I can’t believe this is happening,” he said, on tapes recorded by Pascagoula Sheriff Fred Diamond, the night of the encounter. “They are going to take me away with them and nobody will ever know what happened to us.”
Meanwhile, Parker initially claimed he had been unconscious during the whole affair, until he recanted his testimony years later, then saying “he had been violated and only said he had fainted because didn’t want anyone to know what really happened to him.” Again, I will go into this disturbing aspect of the case in detail later.
In their testimony to the Sheriff, Hickson did most of the talking, saying that Parker had become “hysterical” and fainted. The older man described the two creatures that took him into the spacecraft as standing five feet tall and having pale, wrinkled skin. Hickson also said they had pointy noses with slit-like mouths and that he could not remember if they had eyes. However, he did say the creatures possessed claw-like hands and legs that fused into one with elephant-looking feet.
Robots or Aliens?
During the initial interrogation with Sheriff Diamond and for some time afterwards Hickson said he considered these creatures the inhabitants of another world and part of the spacecraft’s crew. However, after several hypnotic regression sessions, he modified his story and said that they were not the pilots of the spacecraft but simply the true pilots’ robots. He claimed that while under hypnosis he recalled seeing creatures that looked very much like humans standing behind a window watching and orchestrating the examination that he claims they performed on him.
“Maybe our atmosphere was harmful to them,” Hickson offered in a recorded 1999 interview.
As the creatures took them into their craft, Hickson said that he entered a round space that was filled with brilliant light coming from the floor, the ceiling and the walls.
“It was hard to see anything,” he said in a subsequent interview.
At this time, Hickson said that the two creatures took him into a room set him on a table-like slab and left.
As he lie on the table, Hickson said he saw no instruments but that soon an object the size of a football that resembled a giant eye emerged from the wall and began to scan his entire body, with particular interest in his head.
“It seemed to stay there above my head for a long time,” Hickson testified.
When I first heard Hickson’s recorded testimony I found it odd that he could not describe anything specific in the room other that the giant eye. In addition, the term giant eye seemed to ring a bell. Then it came to me. What Hickson seemed to be describing was the giant-eye creature I remember as a kid seeing in the Paramount Sci-Fi classic “The War of the Worlds.” I began to suspect that Hickson had also seen the film. Nevertheless, this could have simply been a coincidence.
Hickson said he estimated that the examination aboard the alien spacecraft only took about 20 minutes at which time the creatures returned the men to the pier.
Hickson recalls that Parker still appeared to be in a state of shock and that he himself was semi-paralyzed.
The spacecraft then silently zipped away in front of both men’s eyes as they sat on the pier huddled together, shivering and scared beyond comprehension.
Many years later Parker would say that when both men went to his car to get out of the area, they discovered that the windows had been shattered on the passenger side, which had been facing the spacecraft.
At this time, Hickson grabbed a bottle of whiskey he had under the seat and took a stiff drink. At first Parker didn’t want to tell anyone about what had happened to them, but Hickson convinced him that the aliens could have nefarious designs on the earth, and it was their patriotic duty to report what had happened to them to the authorities.
So they drove to a telephone booth and dialed Keesler Air Force Base, but the operator told them the base didn’t accept such reports and advised them instead to contact local officials about what they had claimed they had seen.
They then called the Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff’s office, who sent out two detectives to pick them up after listing to an excited Hickson tell his story over the telephone.
‘”When we saw them coming to pick us up at first we saw them [the detectives] joking and laughing,” Parker recalled years later. “But, after they heard our story on the way to the Sheriff’s office, they stopped laughing and realized we were telling the truth.”
Both men walked into the Sheriff’s office at about 10:30 p.m. and Sheriff Fred Diamond methodically began to interrogate them.
After extensively interviewing the men, Diamond left the two of them alone in a room. Unknown to them, the Sheriff was about to test the truthfulness of their story by listening and recording their conversations with a hidden microphone.
Here is a snippet from the tape, which is now available to the public:
CALVIN: I got to get home and get to bed or get some nerve pills or see the doctor or something. I can’t stand it. I’m about to go half crazy.
CHARLIE: I tell you, when we through, I’ll get you something to settle you down so you can get some damn sleep.
CALVIN: I can’t sleep yet like it is. I’m just damn near crazy.
CHARLIE: Well, Calvin, when they brought you out– when they brought me out of that thing, goddamn it I like to never in hell got you straightened out.
His voice rising, Calvin said, “My damn arms, my arms, I remember they just froze up and I couldn’t move. Just like I stepped on a damn rattlesnake.” [sic]
“They didn’t do me that way”, sighed Charlie.
Now both men were talking as if to themselves.
CALVIN: I passed out. I expect I never passed out in my whole life.
CHARLIE: I’ve never seen nothin’ like that before in my life. You can’t make people believe.
CALVIN: I don’t want to keep sittin’ here. I want to see a doctor-
CHARLIE: They better wake up and start believin’… they better start believin’.
CALVIN: You see how that damn door come right up?
CHARLIE: I don’t know how it opened, son. I don’t know.
CALVIN: It just laid up and just like that those son’ bitches — just like that they come out.
CHARLIE: I know. You can’t believe it. You can’t make people believe it-
CALVIN: I paralyzed right then. I couldn’t move.
CHARLIE: They won’t believe it. They gonna believe it one of these days. Might be too late. I knew all along they was people from other worlds up there. I knew all along. I never thought it would happen to me.
CALVIN: You know yourself I don’t drink
CHARLIE: I know that, son. When I get to the house I’m gonna get me another drink, make me sleep. Look, what we sittin’ around for. I gotta go tell Blanche… what we waitin’ for?
CALVIN (panicky): I gotta go to the house. I’m gettin’ sick. I gotta get out of here.
Then Charlie got up and left the room, and Calvin was alone.
CALVIN: It’s hard to believe . . . Oh God, it’s awful… I know there’s a God up there…
In a video interview 19 years later, Parker said he then fell to his knees at this time and began praying to God and weeping.
All Hell Breaks Loose
After hearing this, Diamond became a true believer. Although he didn’t come out and say he bought their story 100 percent, the Sheriff did say he believed they were telling the truth, in a radio interview on Dec. 12. 1973.
Soon after, all the major new organizations in the world ran Hickson’s and Parker’s story , which forever changed their lives and forever invited skeptics who said the story was just so much bull created to bring these two county boys fame and money.
Both men volunteered to take polygraph tests, but Hickson was the only one to do so. He passed with flying colors, with the operator declaring that Hickson truly believed the abduction story.
Controversy Surrounding the Polygraph Test
However, aviation journalist and UFO skeptic Philip J. Klass has written that he has a major problem with Hickson’s lie-detector test.
“The polygraph test was given to Hickson by a young operator, just out of school, who had not completed his formal training, who had not been certified by his own school and who had not taken a state licensing examination, Klass wrote.
“Furthermore, that the lawyer for Hickson and Parker — who also was acting as their ‘booking agent’ — had turned down the chance to have his clients tested WITHOUT CHARGE by the very experienced Capt. Charles Wimberly, chief polygraph operator from the nearby Mobile Police Dept. Also, that the lawyer did not contact other experienced polygraph operators close to Pascagoula. Instead, “the lawyer had imported from New Orleans — more than 100 miles away — the young, inexperienced, uncertified, unlicensed operator who, by a curious coincidence, worked for a friend of the lawyer!”
In addition to this, the fact that the pier where the alleged abduction occurred is in full view of 24-hour toll-booths and that the operations say they didn’t see anything, according to an article by Joe Esterhas in Rolling Stone, also created major doubts in many minds about the veracity of the story.
Still, there are credible counter witnesses that bolster Hickson’s and Parker’s account.
In 2001, retired navy chief petty officer Mike Cataldo says he observed an unusual aircraft at dusk on the same date of the Pascagoula abduction, according to an article by Natalie Chambers, The Associated Press, Oct. 21, 2001.
Cataldo said he spotted the UFO while traveling with crew mates Ted Peralta and Mack Hanna on U.S. Route 90 from Pascagoula to Ocean Springs. He described the object as resembling a large tambourine with small flashing lights. He added that the craft approached from the northwest and crossed the freeway, before hovering over the tree line and disappearing. Moreover, he claimed that when approaching his home in St Andrews, Ocean Springs, the craft then made a second appearance at lower altitude.
Cataldo was so sure he had seen something unusual that he contacted the Air Force. In the same article, Hickson is quoted as saying it would have helped the men if such corroborating witnesses had come forward at the time of the incident.
The article also pointed out that Hickson was earning income as a result of the incident.
“Hickson penned a book about the encounter, was interviewed numerous times by the scientific community and made the circuit at seminars on extraterrestrial. In 28 years, he never deviated from his claim of the occurrence behind the old Shaupeter Shipyard building on the Pascagoula River — even under hypnosis.”
On the other hand, Parker kept mum for years, until he first broke his silence 19 years after the event in a 35-minute video interview, which I have carefully reviewed.
Subsequent testimony by Parker & Hickson
In all honesty, Parker’s recollection of the event has changed substantially. Initially, Parker and Hickson both testified that Parker was in shock or had fainted. In later interviews, however, Hickson seemed to distance himself from that position by saying he wasn’t sure what happened to Parker, because he didn’t see him once he, Hickson, was taken into the craft.
In the video interview, Parker claims that he did not really faint and that he in fact only said this because he wanted to hide the truth that he had been sexually violated by the aliens.
In the account, Parker claims that while in a separate examining room, tissue and blood samples were drawn by an alien using a needle from different parts of his body including his gums. He further states that soon after the so-called robots left him alone in the examining room, a female alien entered the room and began taking off his shoes.
“I could tell she was female because of her breasts,” Parker said, in the video testimony.
Parker than went on to say that the female alien took a needle and extracted a sample from near his testicles This angered Parker who tried to push the alien away. However, as soon as he tried to be forceful, Parker says he was paralyzed and thrown against a wall in the room. The female alien then began to probe his mind, according to Parker. When she did this Parker said, he relived every one of his life experiences within a few seconds of time.
Parker added that when he cried out and asked the alien why he was being examined, she told him that he had been chosen for a reason that he would one day come to understand.
Later in the tape, Parker claims that he was abducted a second time while driving in a truck with a unnamed friend. He says the same flashing blue lights of the craft passed over him when he was driving, which caused the motor of his truck to die. When he pulled to the side of the road, Parker says he saw the craft land in the nearby woods and decided to seek it out.
Once again, Parker said that he was taken into the craft by the alien robots, but that this time the female alien asked him to sit down because she had a message for him.
Parker says near the end of his video testimony that he had trouble fitting into the alien seat but when he finally sat down the female alien began to speak to him with her mouth and in English.
She allegedly told Parker that humans would destroy themselves if they didn’t change their ways and that the aliens had inflicted Earth with AIDS and other new diseases for punishment.
Parker is not very clear in the alien’s rationale. Nevertheless, he is clear that the female alien has chosen Parker to bring a set of writings to the human race soon, telling us how to live. At the end of the video, Parker assures us that the writings will be in perfect harmony with the Bible and Earth’s traditional religious views of God.
After watching the tape, I got the impression that Parker was making a feeble attempt to hype a future ghost-written book and that the story he told was designed to spike up the original plain-vanilla alien abduction tale he and Hickson had initially told the world. After all, what sold in 1970s is passé and considered quite mild in 2010.
Several times over the years, Hickson, who has made money on his abduction experience, has also claimed he had ongoing communications with the aliens who examined him.
By interjecting these new pieces of the puzzle, Hickson and Parker may have intended to improve their ongoing moneymaking chances, but in my eyes, they have greatly diminished the credibility of their original story.
Still, the truth may be that both men, who have little education and moneymaking skills, may have grown tired of others making good off the UFO phenomenon and just wanted a little piece of the action. There is little doubt that both men, more noticeably Parker, have paid a high price for going public with their alleged abduction.
Part of me believes that the abduction did in fact happen, especially because of corroborating witnesses seeing the craft on the same day. But, another part of me believes that these are just two street-smart, country boys who got sick of working so hard for peanuts and decided to cook up a yarn and stick to it.
Unfortunately, I don’t believe any of us will really know the absolute truth of what happened that night when the two men decided to go fishing on the Pascagoula River.
© 2018 Chet Dembeck
Categories: UFO Encounters