UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Pascagoula Proposition: Not a UFO abduction

When the alleged Pascagoula abduction occurred in 1973, co-workers and buddies Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker claimed they were abducted by aliens that looked like this:
No other UFO sighting or event had (and still hasn’t) described beings that looked as Hickson/Parker described.


Because Hickson and Parker weren’t abducted, but experienced a folie à deux, a shared psychosis, brought on by suggestibility, one person influencing another, introducing a delusion.

Both men, Hickson a kind of father-figure to Parker, seems, from the record, to have been subjected to sexual examination(s).

In a later interview over 20 years after the initial incident, Parker's story became much more elaborate. Here Parker confessed to lying about fainting in sight of the creatures. He claimed that he was in fact conscious when the creatures took him on board the craft and led him into a room at the other end of a hallway to the left of the craft's entrance. He claims he was laid down on a sloped table and examined by a 'petite,' evidently female, being. Though he was paralyzed, he was able to observe the being inject a needle into the base of the underside of his penis. [Wikipedia]

Sexual elements often intrude upon those who suffer a folie à deux; it’s the sub-context of psychoneuroses [Freud and The Psychiatric Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Hinsie/Campbell, Pages 305-307]

The men reported they experienced “a whirring/whizzing sound, saw two flashing blue lights” which is similar to what those having an hallucination often experience.

Or were they under the influence of a mind-altering substance – alcohol, marijuana, LSD – or affected by something else?

This from Joe Nickell, csicop.org, 2012:

[The] two men … might have been drinking before the incident (as Hickson admitted he was after), [or] might have dozed off. Hickson could then have entered a hypnagogic (“waking dream”) state, a trancelike condition between waking and sleeping in which some people experience hallucinations, often with bizarre imagery, including strange beings (aliens, ghosts, etc.). This state may be accompanied by what is called “sleep paralysis” (the body’s inability to move due to still being in the sleep mode). In fact, Hickson not only reported the bizarre imagery but also said that the aliens “paralyzed” him before carrying him aboard the UFO in what sounds like a hypnagogic fantasy.

But if Hickson had a hypnagogic experience, what about Parker? Actually, he need not have been in such a state himself because, as he told officers, he had passed out at the beginning of the incident and failed to regain consciousness until it was over (United Press International 1973). Later he “remembered” bits and pieces of the alleged encounter. This would be consistent with an example of folie à deux (a French expression, the “folly of two”) in which a percipient convinces another of some alleged occurrence (as by the power of suggestion, the force of a dominant personality, or the like) or the other person simply acquiesces for whatever reason. (Young Parker’s position was vulnerable: he had recently joined the shipyard where Hickson worked and was residing with the Hick­sons.) It would have been significant if Parker had himself been in a hypnagogic state, since “suggestibility is high during this state” (Goldenson 1970, I: 574).

Or was the setting – a fishing wharf late at night – conducive to a neurological quirk that the older Hickson experienced and “communicated” to Parker, via the folie à deux?

Hickson went on, later in life, to say that he had “three more encounters in 1974, and said the aliens communicated to him that they were peaceful.” [Huffington Post, 2014]

All in all, while there is the [remote] possibility that Hickson and Parker were actually abducted by odd beings, the aftermath, as reported by them, has all the hallmarks of a psychological experience….

….not a hoax but an extended narrative evolving from a psychotic moment, acquiring a life of its own from persons who thought they were subject to a unique experience.



  • Hard to assess such a strange story but there's no harm in examining the psychological events that are common or at least well known of.

    I like the new name RR and the idea. We can all carry on about the same things and take bites out of each other, or we can consider and chew over other (more than relevant) aspects of ufology, because as you've expressed a number of times, it reeks of humanity.

    All the best,

    By Blogger Woody, at Tuesday, September 30, 2014  

  • Thanks, Woody...

    The UFO reports, old and new, all contain elements that reflect some aspect of life or affect us in some way: psychologically, sociologically, politically, fantastically, and so on.

    UFOs are interesting in and of themselves but all the accompaning material is intresting too.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, September 30, 2014  

  • I imagine that there is some energetic and transient environmental force that acts on the mind as Persinger has investigated that triggers these virtual “ghost “ images that seems to match what Stuart Hameroff and David Peat have been working on, which is the quantum processing in the microtubules of the bio-neurological systems. That is to say, consciousness is more than calculations, and that like dreams as representative of information in a quantum state, this unknown transient field creates waking dreams..virtual misrepresentations or as you would say, hallucinations. The evidence for these fields is fairly convincing as high lumens, electromagnetic disturbances, somatic effects, all seem to indicate some form of unique energy is being conducted by the atmosphere. None of these observations are real or have any physicality and yet their effects are mistaken for that coming from a solid object. The presumption ( which is correct ) that the mind is an open system that operates by synthesizing all experience. Nothing is experienced directly. It is processed. So, this field acting on what is present in the neurology of the observer creates virtual hallucinations that are errors of processing. This seems to be the most likely scenario.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, September 30, 2014  

  • Every UFO story has one common element, the human factor. This case, as the Hill story brings out that core element.

    Also of note, another core component of similarities is that the story morphs over time. As time passes, details emerge that were never part of the original story as told by the witnesses. This is the hallmark of confabulatory thinking, yet with most confabulations, there is a kernel of truth. The trick is to peel away the layers to find out what is the truth.

    These elements are the psychological jewels that I love about the phenomena.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Tuesday, September 30, 2014  

  • What I mind most interesting about this case is the USO report in the same area a week later...

    By Blogger Clayton Robertson, at Thursday, October 02, 2014  

  • Clayton,

    Do you have a link or can provide some info?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, October 02, 2014  

  • And let's not forget this (see the link) - the site of the "abduction" and its close proximity to a certain island where certain experiments (possibly LSD and BZ) were undertaken. It all reminds me of the account given to Rich by Bosco Nedelcivic, in relation to the Antonio Villas Boas saga:


    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, October 07, 2014  

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