Just months before the 50th anniversary of the Pascagoula Abduction, the last remaining victim has passed away.
Calvin Parker, who claimed to have been abducted by a UFO alongside Charles Hickson in Pascagoula, died on Aug. 24 after a long battle with kidney cancer.
On Oct. 11, 1973, Parker and Hickson – both with a puncture wound on their arms – stormed into the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and told deputies that they had been abducted by extraterrestrial beings while fishing in an abandoned shipyard on the west bank of the Pascagoula River.
Parker and Hickson claimed that at about 9 p.m., they saw a long, football-shaped craft with three aliens or robots levitating in front of them. Suddenly, both felt paralyzed, and the creatures grabbed them with possibly mitten-shaped or crab-like claws. Some of them were described as having bullet-shaped heads, carrot-like noses and ears, and slits for mouths.
Once inside the craft, both men were allegedly examined by a large, robotic eye before being returned to the riverbank. Amid initial skepticism from deputies, both men never wavered in their stories.
A secret recording of Parker and Hickson when left alone in the sheriff’s office showed that they were not only traumatized but had no intentions of deceiving anyone. The pair later passed polygraph tests conducted by officials.
As the public scrambled and local and national media flooded into Pascagoula, then-Captain Glenn Ryder admitted that he was hesitant to believe Parker and Hickson’s story at first, but listening to the recording and seeing them pass lie detectors led him to believe something did happen.
Even though doubt and scrutiny persisted from some, the Pascagoula Abduction is an instance many UFO believers point to as proof of extraterrestrial life. Earlier this summer, three military veterans – including a former Air Force intelligence officer – testified in front of Congress that the U.S. government has knowledge of alien life and is in possession of a fully intact alien spacecraft.
Following the alleged abduction, both Parker and Hickson went on to write books on their experiences. Parker discussed the instance in-depth in his 2018 manuscript, Pascagoula-The Closest Encounter: My Story. Hickson, who died in 2011, released his UFO Contact at Pascagoula in 1983.
While SuperTalk Mississippi was never able to get Parker on any of its talk show programs, Hickson did join The JT Show months before his death. The full interview can be listened to below.