Strange Happenings In Mississippi
The abduction of Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker is among the best known cases of reports of alien examination. Pascagoula, Mississippi qualifies as a UFO hot spot with its historical significance, recorded sightings and military presence. There have been a number of recorded cases of encounters including an underwater object that involved the Coast Guard.
Fishermen Prove To Be Catch
On October 11, 1973 Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker, shipyard employees, were fishing in the Pascagoula River. While fishing off of a pier at an abandoned shipyard they heard a whirring and whizzing sound, saw flashing blue lights and reported that a domed, football-shaped aircraft, some 100 feet across, suddenly appeared near them. The ship seemed to levitate approximately a foot off the ground.
UFO Sighting Escalates Into Much More
A door opened on the ship. Three creatures emerged and seized the men then floated them into the bizarre craft. Both men reported being paralyzed and numb. The younger angler fainted due to fright. They described the creatures as being roughly humanoid in shape (compare creatures to one photographed by police chief in Falkville, Alabama that same year). The entities were around five feet tall with gray and wrinkled skin. The terrified witnesses discerned no eyes or mouths. One desciption which stood out were the claws which resembled those of lobsters.
Hickson claimed that he was somehow levitated or hovered a few feet above the floor of the craft. He was examined by a mechanical eye that seemed to scan his body. Parker could not recall what had happened to him inside the craft. Hypnosis brought out a few hazy details. The men were released after about 20 minutes as the creatures floated them back to their original position on the river bank.
Terror Bordering Hysteria
Both men were understandably terrified. They claimed to have sat in a car for about 45 minutes trying to calm themselves. Hickson drank some whiskey (skeptics jumped on this full force). After some discussion they tried to report their story to officials at Keesler Air Force Base. They were informed that the United States Air Force had nothing (official) to do with UFO reports with the discontinuation of Project Blue Book in 1969. They were directed to the police.
Mississippi Lawmen Hear Outerworldly Tale
The men arrived at the Jackson County Sheriff office. They brought the catfish they caught while fishing which were the only proof they had to back up their astonishing story. Sheriff Fred Diamond thought the men seemed sincere and genuinely frightened. The lawman believed the younger man was especially disturbed. Diamond harbored some doubt about the fantastic story due in part that Hickson admitted to the consumption of whiskey. The sheriff left the two men alone in a room that was rigged with a hidden microphone. The lawman assumed that if they were lying that fact would become immediately apparent when the two spoke privately. They continued to talk in the voices of the terribly distressed. Parker repeatedly requested medical assistance. Hickson and Parker insisted that they take lie detector tests to prove their honesty. Parker has avoided most public attention since the event. Hickson appeared on the Dick Cavett talk show in January 1974. He also speaks at occasional UFO conferences. Hickson has written a book about the event with William Mendez titled UFO Contact at Pascagoula.