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Pascagoula alien abduction remains an enigma 50 years on

By T.K. Randall
September 25, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments

Parker photographed back in 2019. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 SMG2019
Calvin Parker and Charlie Hickson encountered something one night in 1973 that would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
It's one of the world's best documented and most compelling alien abduction cases and even today, almost 50 years later, we are no closer to understanding exactly what happened.

The incident itself took place on October 11th, 1973 in the Mississippi town of Pascagoula.

Calvin Parker Jr and Charles Hickson had been out fishing when they reported witnessing a strange oval-shaped object with blue lights descending from the sky. The craft was said to have made a peculiar whizzing sound and eventually came to rest a couple of feet above the ground nearby.

Three strange creatures emerged from the object that were vaguely humanoid in shape and stood approximately 5ft in height. They had no discernible eye sockets and only a small slit for a mouth. In place of hands they had lobster-like claws and seemed to move in an inhuman, robotic-like manner.

"These things got to us. Two got a hold of Charlie, the other got a hold of me and they turned around and they was carrying us back up inside of what I know now is a UFO, a spaceship or whatever it was and we was going toward that big bright light," Parker later recalled.
Once aboard the craft, the two men were subjected to a detailed physical examination.

The incident seemed to end as abruptly as it had begun as Hickson and Parker found themselves back on the beach with no sign of the UFO and no indication that anything had happened.

Hickson maintained until his death in 2011 that events happened the way he described them, while to this day Parker also remains adamant that their story is true.

The pair even passed a lie detector test in the Sheriff's office after their ordeal.

So did they really encounter an extraterrestrial craft and its crew that fateful night 50 years ago ?

As things stand, the truth behind their story continues to remain a complete mystery.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 10 months ago
The book he wrote, My Story, is interesting if also rambling. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hazzard 10 months ago
Aviation journalist and UFO skeptic Philip J. Klass found "discrepancies" in Hickson's story, noted that Hickson refused to take a polygraph exam conducted by an experienced examiner, and concluded that the case was a hoax. Skeptical investigator Joe Nickell wrote that Hickson's behavior was "questionable" and that Hickson later altered or embellished his claims. Nickell speculated that Hickson may have fantasized the alien encounter during a hypnagogic "waking dream state", and suggested that Parker's corroboration of the tale was likely due to suggestibility because he initially told police ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 10 months ago
The deions given of the aliens sounds so strange. A claw for an arm/hand...? yikes, hard to swallow And the stuff Hazzard posted is just frosting on the cake. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by and-then 10 months ago
I was 12-years-old that summer and lived about an hour or so away from where it occurred.  Those two guys were absolutely brutalized by the news stations, friends, neighbors and strangers.  Their "made up story" cost them far, far more than it ever benefited them.  That same summer, I had a first cousin with a son about 5 years-old who both saw a creature they described the way "Greys" were always described.  I have no idea if they made it up, but they maintain to this day that what they saw was real and I believe them.  That said, I don't really care about the topic of UFOs and until I e... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by joc 10 months ago
Pascagoula is the ship yard just outside of Gulfport.  I didn't join the Navy until 1977...4 years after this 'abduction'. I have never even heard about it before...but...having lived in Gulfport for almost 4 years...I can say this... People! We are talking about Mississippi!  I don't know what if any drugs they were taking but I don't think they were abducted.  It is, for crying outloud, Mississippi!  Why does that matter you ask?  If you are asking, it's because, you've never lived in Mississippi!  nuff said
Comment icon #6 Posted by quillius 10 months ago
this is actually a fascinating case. Its not as straightforward as you may think. There has been a large amount of misinformation posted about this case, especially one of the main journalists who basically made things up such as 'checking the CCTV at the yard showed no signs of anything' this was tracked down and shown to be poetic license at best and downright lying at worst by the journalist to squash the event. There are some detailed threads on UM about this that are worth reading. Here are some audio files :    
Comment icon #7 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 10 months ago
Good to see you, @quillius
Comment icon #8 Posted by quillius 10 months ago
likewise Earl      

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