alien abduction, also known as the Hickson/Parker
alien abduction, allegedly occurred on the evening of October 11,
1973, when 42 year-old Charles Hickson and 19 year-old Calvin Parker,
co-workers at Walker Shipyards, decided
to go fishing at an abandoned industrial site, behind the
old Schaupeter Shipyard building, on the west bank of the
was about 9 p.m. when Hickson turning to get fresh bait heard
a “zipping” noise. Looking back across the pier, on which they were
sitting, he purportedly saw an egg-shaped blue flashing object some
feet in length hovering some forty feet away, which as he continued to
stare began moving closer.
appeared, three creatures emerging who after
seizing the paralyzed humans (Parker apparently fainted) floated them
into the waiting craft. The creatures were described as being humanoid,
five feet tall with grey wrinkled skin and no discernible eyes,
ears or mouth, instead carrot-like appendages lobster like claws and
a single fused-like leg.
still levitating they
were examined by some sort of “big eye,” then twenty minutes
later (unharmed) they were floated out and back to their original place
encounter the men apparently sat in
their car trying to calm their nerves and collect their thoughts
Hickson drinking some whiskey. After forty five minutes, having made up
their minds on a course of action (or so they thought) they went to the
“Mississippi Press,” a local newspaper, and demanded to see a reporter.
After being told none were available (it was night) they called Keesler
Air Force Base, only to be brushed off, the Air Force informing
them it no longer took UFO reports (Project Blue Book
discontinued four years earlier) and it was politely suggested
they contact the police.
A few hours
later, after first
talking to shift captain Glenn Ryder and seated in the Jackson County,
Mississippi, Sheriff’s office they told their story to Sheriff Fred
Diamond, who, though intrigued, harbored doubts (Hickson still smelled
of alcohol) and in an effort to verify the truthfulness of their story
placed them alone in a room with a hidden tape recorder
if they were lying it would quickly become apparent.
transcript of the “secret tape” of their conversation as transcribed by
NICAP  is as follows:
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. . . .
Subsequent to the
conclusion of their interview, and sensing the skepticism, the two
alleged abductees insisted on being given a
polygraph (lie detector) test as soon as possible.
continued following a return to work the next day, apparently an
attempt to keep the matter secret from their co-workers falling apart
when a phone call from Sheriff Diamond, informing the alleged abductees
that his office was swarming with reporters, was overheard by
their foreman. An explanation to the foreman, the shipyard
owner (Johnny Walker)
and the shipyard lawyer (Joe Colingo) engendered some advice which led
to a quick
trip to the local hospital to alleviate fears of radiation exposure
(the hospital lacked the equipment to make the tests) and a visit to
Kessler Air Force Base where following an examination by base doctors
they were interviewed by military intelligence.
soon became a hotbed of activity the story having
attracted international attention. Dr. J. Allen Hynek (formerly with
Project Blue Book) even paid a visit and though withholding judgment
did comment that the men seemed both honest and genuinely
distressed (according to UFO historian Jerome Clark, Calvin Parker, the
younger of the
two, later suffered a nervous breakdown).
So the questions are, in light of the evidence or lack thereof, did an
alien abduction actually take place that night on the banks of the
Pascagoula, was it an outright fabrication
or was it (as many believe) a figment of overworked
imaginations triggered by the dark, the
isolated surroundings and perhaps a little too much alcohol?
interview years later, Glenn Ryder, Sheriff’s department shift captain
the night of the supposed encounter, recalled the events as he
came in around 11 p.m. the shipyard worker insisting he
talk to then-Sheriff Fred Diamond who was unavailable. After learning
Ryder was in charge he said he had something to say but was afraid the
policeman would laugh. After listening, Ryder did laugh.
being brought in the two were questioned separately (Parker
was hysterical, Hickson composed) then placed together in a bugged room
hopes of catching them lying. Instead the boy (Parker) kept telling
Hickson that if he told us (the police) what happened they (the aliens)
back and get them.
they later went to the site at Schaupeter, and Hickson pointed out
the abduction scene (no
physical evidence, burn marks or footprints were in evidence).
that after the story broke calls came in from across the United States,
Canada and England.
also said the department took a number of calls concerning sightings of
a streak of light but nothing about an alien spacecraft.
did eventually take a polygraph test the results negative. However, the
qualifications of the examiner, a young operator neither certified nor
licensed, casts doubt on his veracity (more experienced polygraph
operators such as Captain Charles Wimberly from the nearby Mobile
Police Department were apparently passed over).
Two toll booth
operators, their stations affording an unobstructed view of the alleged
abduction scene, apparently saw nothing.
A check of the
security cameras at nearby Ingalls Shipyard, which were apparently
in range, also drew a blank.
2001, there was some additional input to the story, Mike Cataldo a
retired Navy chief petty officer contacted the Mississippi Press and
informed them, out of the blue, that he too had witnessed something
unusual that October night in 1973.
from Pascagoula to Ocean Springs on U.S. 90, the petty officer and two
shipmates, Ted Peralta and Mack Hanna, part of the pre-commissioning
crew of the USS Tunny  observed a tambourine shaped object,
spinning, whitish-gray and with flashing lights (Cataldo claims he also
observed the object again later while alone). He also claims he
informed his wife that night, his executive officer the next morning
and an assistant public relations officer at Keesler Air
Base the following Monday.
Cataldo) Keesler AFB never returned his call and that following the
sighting his executive officer and the sub’s crew thought he, Peralta
and Hanna were lunatics.
 The National
Committee On Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) was a civilian non-profit UFO
research group active in the U.S. between 1956 and 1980.
 The USS Tunny was a
Sturgeon-class attack submarine (SSN-682) at the time under
construction at Ingalls Shipyard.