Pascagoula, Miss. (AP) - A weird thing happened to
Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker Jr. as they stood casting for
croakers in the Pascagoula River - and it changed their lives.
They said a spaceship hovered nearby an three pale, wrinkled
creatures seized them, took them inside for an examination, then let
Incredible? Of course. But mystified investigators
placed the report in a special category because they found no logical
way to debunk it.
Authorities said whatever happened undoubtedly was
a soul searing experience for Hickson, a 45 year old shipyard foreman,
and his young visitor, the son of a family friend.
It took place last Oct. 11 near the beginning of a
great flap over Unidentified Flying Objects - UFO - along the Gulf
For a couple of weeks, hot reports of UFO
sightings had people out staring at the night sky. From New Orleans,
La., to Mobile, Ala., the light of any passing airliner was liable to
cause traffic accidents.
Then, as inexplicably as it began, the UFO flurry
was gone - but not forgotten by Hickson or Parker.
"I've done everything I can to prove I'm telling
the truth," Hickson said recently.
He is a slightly stooped man of middle height with
a monkish fringe of hair, a slow and serene Mississippi drawl. He has
four children and lately has been working two jobs, which occupy him
from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
"As long as I'm working, I don't have any
problems, but when I don't have anything to do, I sit and think," he
"I don't reckon I'll ever get over trying to
figure out where they came from - and why they picked me."
Hickson's report, briefly stated, was:
He and Parker, 19, were fishing at old Schaupeter
shipyard. The site has since been scraped clean for new construction.
At the time, it bore the ruin of a barge drydock, two rusty iron piers,
a jumble of auto hulks, empty bottles and beer cans.
Though it seemed to be an isolated spot, it was not.
Pascagoula is directly across the 100 yard wide river; Ingalla
Shipyard's huge cranes loom a mile to the south; busy U.S. 190 is 150
yards to the north.
A soft darkness had fallen as the men cast their lures.
An oblong luminous blue blob circled, descended, hovered nearby, just
above the junk.
Hickson said he and Parker were too stunned to
run, and in any case there was no place to flee.
An opening - not a door, simply an indescribable
opening - appeared in the side and three pale creatures came out,
paralyzed him, floated him into the craft, rotated him before an
instrument resembling a big eye, then put him back on the pier.
Parker, reported almost in shock when officers
questioned him three hours after the alleged encounter, said he blacked
out as the creatures approached and remembers no more of it.
"They weren't lying," said Howard Ellzy, chief
investigator for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. "Whatever it
was, it was real to them."
Ellzy's evaluation was later backed up by a
polygraph test given by both men.
Since then, Park, a shy, lanky, unsophisticated youth
who came here to work at the shipyard with Hickson, has returned home
to Laurel, Miss.
Joe Colingo, attorney for the shipyard, said Parker was
first treated at a hospital for the stress of a "complete physical and
For Hickson, things have been a bit better than he
expected when he decided that, "though I'll be the laughing stock of
the country." he had to tell the story so government officials would
know of it.
Government officials didn't show much interest. But
Hickson, convinced his UFO came from another world, said he was
surprised by the number of people who accepted that as logical.
He said he hadn't pondered the matter before Oct. 11
but, "I don't see why God would put life on just this one small speck
and no other place."
He said he plans to make a recording of his story.
Meanwhile, nights are long, his sleep uneasy.
"I wake up every three or four hours, sometimes in a
cold sweat," said Hickson. "I don't know what is terrifying me so.
Maybe I am reliving what happened.
"I know I always have the feeling there's something
important that I just can't remember, no matter how hard I try."
Source: Jeff Rense Historic UFO's Data Page