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THE HICKSON/PARKER CONTACT CASE, 11 October 1973, Pascagoula, Mississippi
"I can tell you here and now,and God is my witness and I beleive in God,that when I die I'll tell everybody what I saw .And it'll be the same story"
"The Pascagoula Incident involved two men, nineteen-year-old Calvin Parker and forty-two-year old Charles Hickson, both of Gautier, Mississippi, who were fishing in the Pascagoula River when they heard a buzzing noise behind them.
Both turned and were terrified to see a ten-foot-wide, eight-foot-high, glowing egg-shaped object with blue lights at its front hovering just above the ground about forty feet from the river bank.
As the men, frozen with fright, watched, a door appeared in the object, and three strange Beings floated just above the river towards them.
The Beings had legs but did not use them. They were about five feet tall, had bullet-shaped heads without necks, slits for mouths, and where their noses or ears would be, they had thin, conical objects sticking out, like carrots from a snowman's head. They had no eyes, grey, wrinkled skin, round feet, and clawlike hands.
Two of the beings seized Hickson; when the third grabbed Parker, the teenager fainted with fright.
Hickson claimed that when the Beings placed their hands under his arms, his body became numb, and that then they floated him into a brightly lit room in the UFO's interior, where he was subjected to a medical examination with an eyelike device which, like Hickson himself, was floating in mid-air.
At the end of the examination, the Beings simply left Hickson floating, paralysed but for his eyes, and went to examine Parker, who, Hickson believed was in another room.
Twenty minutes after Hickson had first observed the UFO, he was floated back outside and released. He found Parker weeping and praying on the ground near him. Moments later, the object rose straight up and shot out of site.
Expecting only ridicule if they were to tell anyone what had happened, Hickson and Parker initially decided to keep quiet; but then, because the government might want, or ought, to know about it, they telephoned Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi.
A sergeant there told them to contact the sheriff. But uncertain about the reception their bizarre story might get from the local law, they drove to the local newspaper office to speak to a reporter. When they found the office closed, Hickson and Parker felt they had no alternative but to talk to the sheriff.
The sheriff, after listening to their story, put Hickson and Parker in a room wired for sound in the belief that if the two men were left alone they would reveal their hoax; of course they did not.
The local press reported their tale; the wire services picked it up; and within several days the Pascagoula Encounter was major news all over the country.
The Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO), founded in 1952, sent University of California engineering professor James Harder to Mississippi to investigate; J. Allen Hynek, representing the Air Force, also arrived. Together they interviews the witnesses. Harder hypnotised Hickson but had to terminate the session when Hickson became too frightened to continue.
Hickson and Parker both subsequently passed lie detector tests. Hynek and Harder believed the two men's story. And Hynek was later quoted as saying "There was definitely something here that was not terrestrial".
Originally posted by karl 12
I'm all for true open minded scepticism but I wouldn't rely on Klass for any kind of objective investigation.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
If all he could imply was a 'wet behind the ears' polygraph operator, it doesn't undermine their account too much...
Originally posted by Learhoag
Every story has two sides: the truth and untruth. The truth, only Hickson and Parker know. The untruth unravels after the events are put through the investigative process.
Originally posted by Kandinsky Agreed, it does cast a shadow of doubt. Polygraphs aren't conclusive, that Klass focused on that aspect implies that he was unable to find anything more substantial.
Hickson would later have nothing to do with Colingo, charging the lawyer with base financial motivations: Colingo, said Hickson, "just wanted to make a buck.
Now after 28 years, it appears they weren't alone in their experience on that Oct. 11 night.
A retired Navy chief petty officer recently contacted The Mississippi Press about the sighting that he can't forget.
Mike Cataldo of Rotonda West, Fla., said he was on the pre-commissioning crew of the USS Tunney under construction at Ingalls Shipyard. Dusk was setting in as he and crew mates Ted Peralta and Mack Hanna were on U.S. 90 heading to Ocean Springs. Peralta was driving, Hanna was in the front passenger seat and Cataldo was in the back seat.
"We saw a very strange object in the horizon going from northwest across Highway 90. It was going pretty fast. It went down into a wood area and into the marsh. It hovered over the tree line, I guess, maybe a minute. We actually pulled off the road and watched it. We said, 'My God, what is that."' Cataldo said.
Originally posted by SaviorComplex
That is not a failing of Klass but rather the nature of the case. There is nothing substantial about it. All you have is the story the men told and their polygraph. Unless you were a witness, or the story has some internal consistency or changes on a later telling, you cannot debate the story. The only thing that can be focused on and debated is the polygraph. Klass is right to focus on it.
Only Parker and Hickson can know what they thought happened. I'm inclined to believe that they weren't hoaxing or lying. They believed that something had happened to them. There's no onus of proof on anybody. The account is fascinating in it's extraordinary details. Who knows what happened?