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Pascagoula abductions concern abductions being performed in Southern Mississippi in 1973.

Pascagoula River[]

Two survivors of the Pascagoula abductions, during the MKUltra period, were Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker. On the evening of October 11, 1973, 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker reported to the Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff's office that they had been abducted off the west bank of Pascagoula River.[1]

They were fishing off a pier on the west bank when they heard a whirring/whizzing sound, saw two flashing blue lights, and observed an oval shaped object 30–40 feet across and 8–10 feet high. Parker and Hickson claimed they were "conscious but paralyzed" while three "creatures" with "robotic slit-mouths" and "crab-like pincers" took them aboard the object and subjected them to an examination.[1]


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William David McCain
University of Southern Mississippi
Acting President 1955 to 1975

A suspect in the abuse of USM school authority to conduct unethical human experimentation on black people suffering from elephantiasis under the MKUltra program. The project includes, but is not limited to, psychological and torture experiments.[2]

McCain, USM and state leaders made extensive confidential plans for the admission of black students. A faculty guardian and tutor was secretly appointed for each to help with the transition. The campus police department was instructed to prevent or quickly stop any incident against black students. Black students were enrolled without incident in 1965.[3]

After the traumatic experience, Charles Hickson refused to take a polygraph exam conducted by an experienced examiner, which led aviation journalist and UFO skeptic Philip J. Klass to conclude that the abduction case was a "hoax". Skeptical investigator Joe Nickell wrote that Hickson later "embellished his claims" after experiencing a hypnagogic "waking dream state", and suggested that Parker's corroboration of the "tale" was likely due to suggestibility. Parker told police he had "passed out at the beginning of the incident and could not regain consciousness until it was over", a claim supported by Hickson during his To Tell the Truth televised appearance.[4]

In 1973/4, they reported being taken by 5 foot tall humanoids that they called "the Elephant Men".[5] They were described as brown skinned with wrinkles like that of an elephant. They had crablike pincers in place of hands, and trunk-like legs. The nose and ears were conical shaped.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia, Pascagoula Abduction
  2. Wikipedia, Unethical human experimentation in the United States#Psychological and torture experiments
  3. Wikipedia, University of Southern Mississippi#Desegregation and civil rights
  4. Wikipedia, Pascagoula Abduction#Skepticism
  5. The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Life, p45, 511-512
  6. Informania: Aliens, page 15