Anyone who has read much of my writing about UFOs knows that I’m not a big fan of alien abduction reports. I mention this because yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of what is probably the best documented case of abduction. That is the case of Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker in Pascagoula, Mississippi on October 11, 1973. They were taken on board a glowing craft, examined, and then released. They went to the sheriff, were later interviewed by James Harder and Allen Hynek, and subjected to a polygraph examination. I have interviewed both Hickson and, much more recently, Parker.
|Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker in 1973|
Here's what is important. Fifty years ago today, they were taken to Keesler Air Force Base to be tested for radioactive contamination. None was found, but some of the top officers on the base subjected them to an interrogation. This was four years after the Air Force said that they were no longer investigating UFO sightings.
During that interrogation, it came out that there were other witnesses to the abduction. A document created by the Air Force, fifty years ago today, listed the names of the officers involved, also provide the names of two civilian witnesses who had seen something strange in the location and at the time of the abduction. In one of those cases, the witness was driving over a bridge near the site and in the car were two additional witnesses. In other words, within hours of the abduction, the four additional witnesses had been found and that information was recorded in an official Air Force document.
Through the work of Philip Mantle and Dr. Irene Scott, more witnesses have been located in the last six or seven years. Unfortunately, it can be said they were inspired by some of the recent publicity about case and that was why we are just learning about them. You can find their book here:
As I say, this is the best case for alien abduction. There are multiple independent witnesses, there was a military investigation, scientific research, and no good terrestrial explanation for what happened. If not for those other, earlier witnesses, this case would be easy to write off. You can find Calvin Parker’s book about his experiences on Amazon, along with additional books by Mantle and Scott, and my own book, 1973, that covers this abduction, other abductions in the same year, and a look at the wave of sightings that took place in the fall of 1973.
Of course, there are some interesting sightings that are not a half century old. Stan Gordon reported on his UFO Anomalies Zone website that on September 3 of this year a witness in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, said that her dog, which is deaf, was looking up into the sky. There was light shining down and hovering and about three hundred feet over the building was a large, triangular-shaped object with rounded corners. She said that the surface of the UFO had a flat black matte color. She had a clear view of the underside and said there were no individual lights on the UFO.
As the craft hovered, she could hear a deep but barely audible humming and then a single click as the craft began to move. It suddenly accelerated until it looked like a smudge. She said that it just vanished.
I’ll note here that the dog did react to the craft, and it could have been that low humming vibration that attracted its attention. There were other sightings in the area and one in which the witness mentioned the dog’s reaction which was similar to that in the first report.
You can learn more about this case, and the others from around Pennsylvania here:
And Stan Gordon has also provided a link to an article that he had written about other low level UFO sightings, which you can read here:
And for those of you interested in a discussion of what was happening in 1973, which includes information on many important cases, you can find in on Amazon. The link is here:
As I say, 1973 was an interesting year for UFO sightings. Many reports of the craft on the ground, many reports of the creatures from inside, outside, and several abductions (though most were terrestrial based experiences with no real alien component). Had the research been conducted in a scientific fashion without the curtain of ridicule coming down so rapidly, we might be having a different discussion.