Did War of the Worlds scare the pants off you? Read the details of an alien abduction encounter that may be one of the most authentic. (Or was it a psychological experiment by some secret governmental or other group of crafty humans?)
“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.” – gulflive
“Sheriff Fred Diamond thought the men seemed sincere, and genuinely frightened and thought Parker was especially shaken, but harbored some doubt about the fantastic story, due to Hickson’s admitted whiskey consumption. Diamond interviewed the men, who related their story. Some reports state that Diamond left the two men alone in a room that was, unknown to Hickson or Parker, rigged with a hidden microphone. Diamond expected that if the pair had invented a story, they would change their attitude and conversation when alone. Hickson and Parker, however continued discussing the abduction and its effects upon them. ” – wikipedia
Within days, Pascagoula was the center of an international news story, with reporters swarming the town. UFOlogists James Harder of the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization and J. Allen Hynek interviewed the two men. Harder attempted to hypnotize them and concluded Hickson and Parker “experienced an extraterrestrial phenomena”, while Hynek believed they had “a very real, frightening experience”. Hickson later appeared on talk shows, gave lectures and interviews, and in 1983 authored a self-published book UFO Contact at Pascagoula. Hickson claimed additional encounters with aliens in 1974, alleging that the aliens told him they were “peaceful”. Parker later attended UFO conventions and in 1993 started a company called “UFO Investigations” to produce television stories about UFOs. Charles Hickson died at age 80 on September 9, 2011. – Wikipedia
The two men claimed they were taken aboard the spacecraft, where they were examined, after which they were returned to their fishing site. Unnerved, they sat in a car to regain their composure (with Hickson, at least, drinking whiskey), then reported their experience to the sheriff.
Although the UFO reported by the men had apparently not been seen by people on the heavily traveled nearby highway (Randle 2001), there had been other UFO sightings in the area, including on the night in question. The UFOs were variously described—some saw a helicopter-like object; one person reported a supposed “experiment” from an Air Force base; and so on (Clark 1998, 715; Blum with Blum 1974, 14–19). – via CSICop