1973 was an unprecedented year for abduction cases. 10 abduction cases were reported that year, 8 of which occurred during a 17 day period from October 11-28. Many of them would become infamous in the UFO community. The abduction of Patty Roach and her children was featured in an episode of In Search Of… alongside the story of Carl Higdon. The model for Brian Scott’s repeated abduction experiences would go on to mirror those reported in books by people like Budd Hopkins and John Mack.
The Pascagoula Abduction is the most well known from 1973. The story of Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker are among the most relatable. Two men went fishing on the evening of October 11, 1973 and had an experience that people are still talking about today. Years later, additional eyewitnesses have come forward adding more validity to their story. And of course, there is the infamous tape.

On this episode of the Our Strange Skies podcast, Bradley Netherton from the Kolchak’s Loop podcast joins me to discuss the case, and what the area is like to someone who is local to it. 


The Year of the Humanoids Report by David Webb 

UFO Contact at Pascagoula by Charles Hickson & William Mendez

Pascagoula – The Closest Encounter: My Story by Calvin Parker 

Pascagoula – The Story Continues: New Evidence & New Witnesses by Calvin Parker 

“‘The story is very true. That’s what has bothered me for 45 years.’ UFO witnesses speak” by Brian Broom, Mississippi Clarion Ledger March 14, 2019

“‘I froze.’ 45 years after reported Pascagoula alien abductions, more UFO witnesses talk” by Brian Broom, Mississippi Clarion Ledger July 25, 2019

Unidentified Submerged Object sighted on Pascagoula River

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Rob Kristoffersen is an amateur UFO researcher from the Adirondacks of Northern New York. He is the host of the podcast, Our Strange Skies: UFOs Throughout History.