Sunday, July 03, 2005

Charles Hickson Recounts UFO Abduction of 1973

Charles Hickson with Border
Charles Hickson

Local man says UFO experience is one he will never get over'

The Mississippi Press

     GAUTIER -- UFOs. Real or imaginary?

There's the Hollywood version and then there's Charles Hickson of Gautier.

Hickson and fishing partner, Calvin Parker, were near a pier at Shaupeter Shipyard in Pascagoula on the evening of Oct. 11, 1973, when they reported being abducted by robot-like aliens and taken aboard an egg-shaped, glowing spacecraft.

Their account of that night is the type stuff movies should be made of.

They spoke of floating creatures and being examined by an electronic eye, within an approximate 20-minute time frame. Hickson remained conscious but could only move his eyes. Parker fainted.

Hickson was recently interviewed at his Gautier home following the release of "War of the Worlds," a present-day retelling of H.G. Wells' classic, sci-fi adventure thriller that reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.

"Some of the movies they make now I watch, some I don't. They're not what Calvin and I went through with. They are make-believe. What happened to us is a natural fact," Hickson said. "I notice here lately, they've been having a lot of UFO programs on the History Channel."

Hollywood touts several variations of alien-life. Hickson, at 74, has not deviated from accounts he has given to local police, government investigators, television commentators such as Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson, or anyone else who has asked.

Under hypnosis, he recalled seeing human-like beings aboard the craft.

"Evidently they couldn't live in our atmosphere and had the robots come out and handle us," he said. Hickson believes the aliens will return.

"They are still having UFO sightings around the world," he said. "I still get letters from people all over the whole world who tell me things they went through. Some of them won't talk to anybody else about it."

The fear, sleepless nights, inability to eat, afraid of the outdoors -- emanating from that night -- are long gone and in some ways, so has the close relationship shared with Parker.

"They didn't do me any physical harm. They give me a bad fright. They gave Calvin a heck of a fright. In fact, I don't think he will ever get over it," Hickson said. Parker, then 19, left Jackson County.

"I don't know what the answer is. I may never find an answer during my lifetime. Everybody has to have their own beliefs. I think some day in the near future, people will know there are other worlds with life on them because we are going farther and farther with space exploration. We've got probes around Mars and Jupiter," he said.

Over the years, Hickson has received letters from others who said they, too, saw the craft that night.

"They didn't want to be ridiculed," he said.

Mike Cataldo, a retired Navy chief petty officer now living in Florida, contacted The Mississippi Press a couple of years ago.

"We saw it, no question about it. We talked about it. Was it a shooting star, a meteorite? This was very different," he said. "As quickly as we saw it, it just vanished."

Hickson has since published a book of the account, "UFO: Contact at Pascagoula." The $15 hardback can be purchased by calling Hickson at (228) 497-4753.

"Everywhere I go and I've been to many big colleges and universities all over the country and they've never ridiculed me at all. They've been very interested. They want to ask questions. They are eager to learn. I think they realize some day they will have to cope with that. It's something I will never get over," he said.

A year ago, Hickson lost his wife, Blanche. They celebrated 50 years of marriage prior to her death. Back surgery keeps him from traveling a lot but he still keeps in touch through e-mail, television, phone and postal service.

"I think there are many, many worlds out there. Some with life on it. God didn't only create this little earth. He created this universe and I don't know how many beyond this. They say that it's still expanding so I guess there's no end to it out there, I suppose," he said.



  1. We've released our previous investigations of UFOs in Mississippi and have perhaps one of the last video interviews with Charles Hickson:

  2. On October 11, 1973, that weekend, my then wife and my brother and his wife were on a camping trip down the 'Saturn Missile Project' road near Picayune, Mississippi about 20 odd miles as the crow flies from where Mr. Hickson was. I saw this 'blue orb' at what would have been several hours after Mr. Hickson's ordeal. I wrote about this in great detail in my book, "PowerGlide," that is available in ebook form at UFO Magazine's website. We tried to contact Mr. Hickson the following week when he and Mr. Parker were undergoing interviews by the FBI and other law enforcement but were unsuccessful in talking with him. I was working in TV News at the time, and I felt that my coming forward would be taken the wrong way--as if I were seeking publicity, so I did not report what happened to me: seeing this blue orb that hovered over the tall pine trees; small child-like ETs climbing around in the trees and missing time of around 3 hours. My brother saw the blue orb coming our way over the tree tops, but to this day he refuses to talk about it--even in private. Once we saw it heading toward us, he dove into the tent and closed the flap-door. I sat by the campfire at 3:00am on a log playing my guitar after the object disappeared--only to return a few minutes later. When I saw the ETs up in the trees--things went to black. I snapped back to reality with the sound of my sister-in-law speaking to me. The blazing campfire had turned into small hot coals, daylight was breaking and I was sitting on the ground while my guitar was leaning against the log. It was indeed dawn, yet it all seemed like only a split second had passed. The rest is covered in my book, yet needless to say; I have always known and believed what Mr. Hickson claimed had happened to he and Mr. Parker, because I saw the 'blue orb' and had this experience. That was before any UFO reporting networks that I knew of, but the NASA weather station where we (at the Independent TV station in New Orleans, Ch. 26) called in for weather reports confirmed that a 'Bogey' was seen on radar and logged as an 'unknown' around 3:00am in that area where we were camped. Since that day in 1973, I have seen many UFOs and videotaped the undisputed broad-daylight UFO over Cleburne, Texas of June 11th, 1993. My website ( has been down for over a year now since health problems have prevented me from maintaining it, but it will return soon. I affirm that all of the above is true and without blemish. Jason Leigh

    1. I am Calvin Parker's publisher and I am working closely with Calvin on compiling as much info as we can on his close encounter. I would appreciate it if you would contact me and I guarantee your annonimity. My email is:

  3. Anonymous5:07 PM

    No worries. I believe you. Everyone is at one point is taken. It does not matter where you live; or what you're doing. You will be taken against your will. When you are returned, you will have forgotten most, if not all of the experience, and you move on with your life.

    Only the lucky few will remember. Everyone gets abducted; literately everyone on Earth. Technologies these beings use, is time referenced.

    The human brain cannot comprehend time reference; thus causing the experience to be quickly forgotten and perhaps recalled later. Whether if its in dreams or by actions, it is all up to the person to willfully remember.

    The main reason for such abductions, is because they're looking for someone. It takes a very long time to go through the population on Earth. Other reasons are varied per person taken.

    You have to remember; everyone at one point were dead. We were dead before we were born and we will die sometimes in life. Our lives are minute compared to the age of the universe.

    Without a doubt; there are things out there which we cannot comprehend as it's so far beyond. I have noticed a rash increase of such things; perhaps it's getting closer to our true destiny.

    - I am Wiccan Druid - A guide from another world; hosting a human body. Do not fear; these things must take place.

    Thank you for reading.
    Believe it or not.


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