Fwd = Strange lights in the Gulf Coast sky - An Abductee's Story
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The Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi's News Source
October 30, 2002
Strange lights in the Gulf Coast sky
An Abductee's Story
By Billy Watkins
Charles Hickson of Gautier holds a drawing that was done for his
appearance on The Dick Cavett Show in New York. Hickson and then
19-year-old Calvin Parker say they were abducted and examined by a UFO
while fishing on the Gulf Coast in 1973.
Charles Hickson, a lifelong Mississippian, has claimed for 29 years
that robots took him and a friend onboard a UFO for a physical
examination. Hickson says his eyes were the only thing he could move.
GAUTIER -- Charles Hickson has no proof.
No photograph he can pull from his wallet, no papers certifying his
Just his word that 29 years ago this month he and a fishing buddy were
abducted by a UFO, examined by a machine resembling a giant eyeball,
then released physically unharmed.
He has told his story under hypnosis, told it to Johnny Carson on
Recently, while sipping coffee in his modest home in Gautier, he told
the story to a Clarion-Ledger reporter.
His account of that night never changes. He has passed numerous
What Hickson hasn't talked about publicly, until now, is that he
believes whatever -- or whoever -- was on that craft has kept track of
"I think they know where I am at all times," he says. "Too many
strange things have happened."
Hickson, a retired shipyard foreman with five children and a
no-nonsense demeanor, is 71 and spends most of his time caring for
Blanche, his wife of 48 years who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.
He is fighting health problems of his own, including clogged arteries
in his neck.
Hickson says he is a God-fearing man who "believes Jesus Christ died
for my sins."
Whether people believe his UFO story doesn't seem to be a big deal to
him. "If you were in my place right now, I'm not sure I'd believe you
or not," he said.
But others saw something that night, too.
Several people later reported strange lights in the Gulf Coast sky
just after sunset on Oct. 11, 1973 -- about the time Hickson and then
19-year-old Calvin Parker say they were abducted.
Mike Cataldo, a retired Navy chief petty officer now living in Rotonda
West, Fla., says he saw "a very strange object on the horizon" late
that afternoon while driving on U.S. 90, between Pascagoula and Ocean
"Puddin' Broadus, a Pascagoula detective back then, told me he saw
something streak through the air," says Glenn Ryder, a former captain
with the Jackson County Sheriff's department who was the first to
interrogate Hickson and Parker. "Puddin's dead now, but he was a fine
man. He wouldn't make up something like that.
"A guard at Ingalls (Shipbuilding) saw it. Another guy was in his back
yard and said he saw something streak above his house.
"When we studied it, all those reportings were in a straight line. And
I'll tell you this: After talking with (Hickson and Parker) that
night, I'm convinced they had some kind of experience. I don't know
exactly what, but something happened to them. They were both shook up,
especially that boy."
Parker, now 48, has avoided the media in recent years.
"This thing really messed Calvin up," Hickson says. "He was so young
... he just couldn't handle it."
In a 1993 interview with The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Parker said
he was convinced it was demons, sent directly from Satan, who visited
them that night.
Beverly Parker, Calvin's stepmother who lives with his father in Kiln,
says they haven't heard from him "in a couple of months." Last she
knew, Calvin was working construction in North Carolina and "doing
The UFO incident is "something he won't talk about anymore," she says.
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