Not Your Normal Abnormal

Alien abduction has become, if not common, common knowledge to the public. Ever since Betty and Barney Hill were abducted in 1961 we’ve had a very clear image of the experience with each case seeming to confirm the last. But there’s one that stands out for its oddness in a sea of strange. The 1973 Pascagoula abduction.

A “Zipping” Sound

Over the years, the details of the incident have been expanded upon and altered for political and religious purposes so I’m going to try and stick to the basics as originally related. The details are these:
On the night of October 11, 1973, Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker were fishing on a pier in the Pascagoula River in Jackson County, Mississippi. Let’s face it, there wasn’t much else to do. While bating his hook, Hickson heard what he described as a “zipping” sound. When he looked up, he and Parker saw a 40 foot long, 10-foot high oval craft with two lights over the water. The craft was making the sound which seemed to paralyze the both of them. Out of the craft came several alien creatures. This is where our story changes from what would be considered the norm.

The visitors to Pascagoula. Drawing by the witnesses.

Instead of the typical Grays, there were three, five-foot-tall creatures. They were gray, yes, but had skin they described as elephant-like and covered in wrinkles. The ears and nose were cone-shaped and they had pincer-like hands. They hovered toward the two, lifted them up with an unseen force, and brought them aboard the craft. At this point Parker had passed out.

Aboard the craft, the two were examined. Again, the original account is shockingly different from the standard abduction. They were examined by a giant eye that seemed to be able to see through them, all the while a buzzing sound kept them from moving and kept their senses dulled. Afterward, they found themselves sitting back on the pier with Parker holding his hands in the air and screaming. For years, Hickson maintained that Parker had suffered severe trauma from the event. Parker vanishing from the spotlight for decades and then emerging with an altered story confirming his religious beliefs would seem to support this statement.

Afterward, they ran to the sheriff’s office and told him what happened.

The Tape

At first glance, this story is too insane to believe. It’s easy to just chalk it up to hoaxing or two drunks. It’s just so out there that even in the bizarre world of UFO’s it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

But then there’s the tape.

You see, before the boys were put in a room for questioning, the Sheriff made sure to put a tape recorder under the table. During a break, he hit record without them knowing, hoping to catch them in the act of keeping their story straight. Instead, it was a tape that disturbed him to the core. It was two men, very frightened, trying to comfort each other after a brush with the unexplained. . .

Further Reading:
Pascagoula Abduction-Wikipedia
Pascagoula Alien

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