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Charles Hickson; said UFO abducted him

Mr. Hickson near where he said he was abducted in 1973. Mr. Hickson near where he said he was abducted in 1973. (W. Colgin/Mississippi Press/File 1998)
Associated Press / September 14, 2011

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GAUTIER, Miss. - Charles E. Hickson Sr., whose report that he had been abducted by a UFO in 1973 drew widespread attention, has died.

Mr. Hickson and Calvin Parker were fishing on the Pascagoula River in southern Mississippi on Oct. 11, 1973, when they were abducted and probed by aliens and then released from their spacecraft, the two men said.

Mr. Hickson, then 42, and Parker, then 19, feared that their story would be met with ridicule, and they initially decided to keep quiet. Eventually they told a news reporter.

Mr. Hickson died Friday at 80 in Ocean Springs, according to officials with O’Bryant-O’Keefe Funeral Home in Gautier.

After reporting the abduction, Mr. Hickson and Parker passed lie detector tests and were even questioned under hypnosis. Investigators are on record saying that the pair’s story never wavered.