The Trouble with (Extraterrestrial) Aliens
As Calvin Parker, Jr. will tell anyone who asks, the essential freakiness and subsequent notoriety for serving as witness to one of the most high-profile unidentified flying object experiences in history has never been a walk in the park. Were the grey, crab-clawed creatures he encountered along the river banks of the Pascagoula River in Mississippi on the night of October 11, 1973 aliens, demons, or something else entirely?
Parker still doesn’t know the answer, but on the 40th anniversary of the infamous date, he remembers it as the incident that turned his life upside down. “This is something I really didn’t want to happen,” Parker told an Associated Press reporter. In the days and years following the encounter, Parker moved frequently, trying to avoid the endless stream of news crew and UFO enthusiasts’.
The creatures’ leviated Parker, then 18, and his friend, Charles Hickson, who passed away in 2011, into their nearby craft for a medical examination. After the two told their story to police, and headlines carried details in the coming days, the lives of Parker and Hickson were never the same.
Four decades later, the alien encounter remains the defining aspect of the now 58-year-old Calvin Parker Jr.’s life. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | interdimensionalguardians)