On October 11th, in 1973, an alien abduction took place that would come to be known as the second most famous abduction story of all time. Two co-workers, Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker Jr., had their lives dramatically changed one night when they decided to do something as ordinary as fishing with a buddy after work.
It was a Thursday night and the nineteen-year-old Calvin Parker Jr., a new member of the shipyard where both men worked in Gautier, Mississippi, agreed to go fishing with forty-two-year-old Charles Hickson after their shift that day. Parker had been staying with the Hickson’s and, no doubt, was excited by the offer. It was a decision he would look back on many times as a turning point in his life.
Sitting on an old pier on the Pascagoula River, with their lines cast, the silence was broken by a strange “hissing” sound coming from behind them. When they turned around, they were greeted by one of the most astonishingly incredible objects they had ever seen. Second only to what came out of it.
Hovering about a foot off of the ground, there floated an egg-shaped craft with flashing blue lights. A sight that would have even the most devout believer, rubbing their eyes in disbelief. This alien ship was estimated to be around 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall.
The awe-struck silence that the two men were inflicted with upon seeing this ship must have doubled when the door opened. What came out were the most unusual beings; an alien form never before and never since recorded. Three beings floated out of the ship towards the two frightened men. They were grey and their skin was rough, with so many wrinkles it made it impossible to tell if the beings had eyes. Where their ears and noses should be, were long conical pointed projections instead. Their heads blended into their bodies, showing no discernible neck. Hickson stated that they had, “hands shaped like mittens with no fingers.”
The beings moved almost mechanically, like a robot might. They made no attempt to communicate as they converged upon the men. Both of whom claim to have been paralyzed, but neither could say whether it was from fear or a greater force. With an eerie silence, the beings seized the two men in such a way that made it seem as though they were only doing their job. Hickson claims that when the mysterious beings placed their hands under his arms, his whole body went numb and they floated him into the ship. When Parker was grabbed the numbing sensation might have been too much, for he fainted immediately.
The two men were taken into a room where light was flooding out of the ceiling above, the floor below and from the walls surrounding them. They were paralyzed and lying flat as if on a table, only there was no table. A football-shaped object hovered around, like a floating eye, performing a thorough physical exam on each man.
When the process was over, Hickson and Parker were both returned to their fishing spot. The whole event took no longer than two hours, possibly much shorter. The two were so shaken, they discussed keeping the whole thing a secret, but eventually decided that it should be reported.
Their first attempt was contacting Kessler Air Force Base, where they were told to take it up with their local sheriff. Their story was met with disbelief, but quickly gained support when both men passed lie-detector tests and a sneaky spy test. The sheriff placed the men in a room together with a concealed listening device. It was expected that they would say something to one another that would give away the ruse. But it would seem there was no ruse and the two men only showed genuine concern about what had happened to them.
Charles Hickson, years later, wrote a book about the incident titled, UFO Contact at Pascagoula. It can found on Amazon, ranging in prices anywhere from $137.50 to $2,898. The experience that these two men had, is an extremely sought after story. The mystery of the Pascagoula Aliens is one that is highly explored, to this very day.