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PEERANORMAL Episode 10: Interview with Jack Brewer on Hypnosis, Alleged Alien Abduction, and U.S. Mind Control History

Jack Brewer is the force behind the excellent blog, The UFO Trail. Since 2009 Jack has devoted considerable time to researching the connections between elements of the alien abduction narrative, hypnosis techniques used to “recover” memories of the alleged abduction experience, and research programs and personnel associated with documented government mind control programs such as MK-ULTRA. These connections are well documented in his book The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community. Jack shares elements of his research in this interview.


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Pascagoula UFO Incident: Navy Retiree Says He Also Saw Spaceship 28 Years Ago

Pascagoula UFO Incident: Navy Retiree Says He Also Saw Spaceship 28 Years Ago

     PASCAGOULA – When Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker told the world in 1973 they were abducted by aliens while fishing on the Pascagoula River, few people believed them.

Now after 28 years, it appears they weren’t alone in their experience on that Oct. 11 night.

By Natalie Chambers
The Mississippi Press

A retired Navy chief petty officer recently contacted The Mississippi Press about the sighting that he can’t forget.

Mike Cataldo of Rotonda West, Fla., said he was on the pre-commissioning crew of the USS Tunney under construction at Ingalls Shipyard. Dusk was setting in as he and crew mates Ted Peralta and Mack Hanna were on U.S. 90 heading to Ocean Springs. Peralta was driving, Hanna was in the front passenger seat and Cataldo was in the back seat.

“We saw a very strange object in the horizon going from northwest across Highway 90. It was going pretty fast. It went down into a wood area and into the marsh. It hovered over the tree line, I guess, maybe a minute. We actually pulled off the road and watched it. We said, ‘My God, what is that.”‘ Cataldo said.

“We saw it, no question about it. We talked about it. Was it a shooting star, a meteorite? This was very different,” he said.

Cataldo said the object looked like a large tambourine with little lights flashing on it.

“As quickly as we saw it, it just vanished,” he said.

Cataldo said he had a second sighting minutes later, this time in St. Andrews as he neared his home.

“It wasn’t as high up as we saw the first time. It was real,” he said.

Cataldo said he rushed and told his wife what happened.

“I was almost hyperventilating. I wasn’t shook up, but I was excited I saw this thing,” he said.

The next morning, Cataldo contacted his executive officer on the submarine and made a report.

The following Monday, he contacted Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and left his telephone number, he said.

“My executive officer and crew members thought we were just lunatics, just whacked out,” he said.

“It never came up again. Keesler never called or did anything,” he said.

“It was the strangest thing. It was kind of scary,” Cataldo said.

Cataldo retired from the Navy 19 years ago. He was last in Jackson County in 1974.

Cataldo said he has never met or talked to Hickson.

Hickson said neither he nor Parker wanted their story given to the media. Their only objective was to notify the proper authorities, the sheriff’s department.

“I’ve had a few people who said they didn’t believe it, but I’ve never had any ridicule and my family never had. That’s one reason when this thing first happened to Calvin and I didn’t want to talk about it because I didn’t want to be called crazy. But it seemed to me we had to tell the proper authorities,” said Hickson, 70, who lives in Gautier.

The rest is history.

Hickson said he knows other people saw the space craft but wouldn’t come forward.

“They would have sure helped us if they would have said something,” he said.

Hickson penned a book about the encounter, was interviewed numerous times by the scientific community and made the circuit at seminars on extraterrestrial. In 28 years, he never deviated from his claim of the occurrence behind the old Shaupeter Shipyard building on the Pascagoula River – even under hypnosis.

Parker, who was 19 then, had trouble dealing with what happened. He is now living in Louisiana.

“He’s not the same man as before. It just ruined him,” Hickson said.

Hickson described the three creatures that floated out to them as pale, ghostlike and about 5-feet high. They had crab-like claws or pinchers and rounded feet. He said they appeared to glide rather than walk.

Hickson said he was taken aboard the oval-shaped, well-lit space craft and examined with some type of “eye.”

“Some kind of way they examined me. I’ve had a feeling ever since it happened that they know where I’m at all times and what I’m doing,” he said.

“These things are robots. I didn’t see any eyes. They had no indication of breathing. They didn’t have a mouth. It was a straight slit. It seems they had something to do and they just actually done it. Took us back out there, put us down and they left,” he said.

Hickson said he does not know how long they were with the aliens but he would like another encounter with them.

“When it first happened, I wouldn’t go in the night by myself. I would have nightmares. My wife really helped me get through this thing,” he said. “Now the fear is all gone. I want to meet them again and see if they will take me to their world. I believe if they do, they’d bring me back. Our whole world here is getting into a terrible shape.”

Glenn Ryder, sheriff’s department shift captain that night the call came in from Hickson, said it was a busy night, around 11 p.m. when Hickson called from a pay phone and was insistent on talking to then-Sheriff Fred Diamond, who happened to be in bed.

Ryder said Hickson then asked for the second person in charge. That happened to be Ryder. Hickson told Ryder he had something to tell but feared Ryder would laugh.

Ryder told him to go ahead and when Hickson finished, he did laugh.

“I told him to wait there and I would come and talk to him. He said he was going back to his house and gave me the address so I could come there,” Ryder said.

“Calvin Parker was just hysterical. He was having fits. I took them in the patrol car to the sheriff’s office,” Ryder said.

Hickson and Parker were questioned extensively apart and then put in a secluded room together where a tape recorder had been planted to catch them in a lie.

“That boy (Parker) was really shook up. Charles was composed. The boy had just come down here from Jones County had always lived out in the country. He kept telling Charles on the tape not to talk to us. He said if (Charles) told them anything about what happened they would come back and get them,” Ryder said.

“One thing led to another. We went to the site at Shaupeter, where Colley Towing is now. He showed me where it landed and picked him up.”

Ryder said no physical evidence of a landing – burn marks or footprints – were found.

He said after the story broke calls came in from across the United States, England and Canada.

“They were pretty well convincing something did happen to them,” he said.

Ryder said there were other calls fielded about sighting of a streak of light that night, but only Parker and Hickson reported being taken aboard the space craft.

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The Pascagoula UFO Incident: There Were More Witnesses

The Pascagoula UFO Incident: There Were More Witnesses

As Weird as it Gets – Part 4

Serious UFO-related journalism has often been hard to come by via the conventional media, especially in the U.S., but recent events may encourage more credible reporting of the seemingly incredible.

     Mike Cataldo, now long retired from the Navy, served in 1973 as a chief petty officer in Mississippi. Like most of the country, he was familiar with the Hickson-Parker report and never met or spoke with either man, but for all the years that followed he shared with friends and family another side to the story, something of vital significance
By Robert Barrow

that he finally decided to impart publicly late last year. He tried to locate a reporter in Pascagoula who wrote the original UFO story, and eventually was put in touch with Natalie Chambers of the Associated Press.

Chambers’ interview with Cataldo appeared in The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal of October 21 last year, but it failed to make the coast-to-coast splash it should have, though even famed radio commentator Paul Harvey realized Cataldo’s importance and devoted part of his Saturday, October 27 national broadcast to Natalie Chambers’ shocker.

“When Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker told the world in 1973 they were abducted by aliens while fishing on the Pascagoula River, few believed them,” her article began. “Now, after 28 years, it appears they weren’t alone in their experience on that October 11 night.” Indeed, at about the same time and in the same area as the UFO incident, Cataldo and fellow crew mates Ted Peralta and Mack Hanna were driving on U.S. 90, heading to Ocean Springs. Cataldo was in the back seat.

“We saw a very strange object in the horizon going from northeast across Highway 90,” Cataldo recalled. “It was going pretty fast. It went down into a wood area and into the marsh. It hovered over the tree line. . .maybe a minute. We actually pulled off the road and watched it. We said, ‘My God, what is that?'” Cataldo said the thing looked like a large tambourine with little lights flashing on it. “As quickly as we saw it, it just vanished.” Some daylight still remained as dusk approached, so the men got a good look at the object. But Cataldo tells of a second sighting minutes later, this time in St. Andrews, as he neared his home. “It wasn’t as high up as we saw the first time. It was real.”

Almost hyperventilating when he ran inside to tell his wife, Cataldo knew he had to tell Navy officials. As a member of the pre-commissioning crew of the USS Tunney, under construction at Ingalls Shipyard, he reported for work the next morning and immediately contacted his executive officer to make a statement. After the weekend, he contacted Keesler AFB in Biloxi and left his phone number. However, if Cataldo expected tea and sympathy, he was mistaken. “My executive officer and crew members thought we were just lunatics, just whacked out,” he told Chambers. “It never came up again. Keesler never called or did anything.”

UFO researcher Kenny Young (Author’s April, 2007 notation to this 2002 article: Mr. Young is now deceased) also contacted Cataldo following Natalie Chambers’ article, also attempting – so far unsuccessfully — to locate his two fellow Navy witnesses. Cataldo provided a few more details of the object, perhaps the most intriguing being that it “was less than half a mile away and looked as big as any big American airliner I’ve ever seen.” He also confirmed that other motorists had slowed down to look at the seemingly inexplicable sky object. “We were the only ones on the road to stop and look at it though,” he advised.

Importantly, Cataldo admitted, “I never knew of the Hickson-Parker abduction until days later. It happened on Thursday and it was not until the following Sunday that I saw the headline in the morning paper about two men taken aboard a flying saucer, I’m telling you I about died.” He emphasizes that he can’t be absolutely sure that his UFO and the fishermen’s were the same, but the place and time were so close that the relationship must surely be taken seriously.

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Mysterious UFO Manuscript found in Time Capsule by Metal Detectonist

A metal detectonist stumbled across a small area deep in the woods where he found besides multiple containers; mason jars, salt shakers, boxes, small jars…. all with coins and/or jewelry a mason jar which was sealed tight and looks to be some sort of time capsule.

After opening the jar he finds some really strange things but what stands out is some sort of UFO manuscript. It appears to include a description, date, time and very specific location and direction in relation to the celestial constellations.

A commenter did some research and here is what he found out:

Firstly upon initial observation the contents of the mason jar dating back some 30-40 years ago, seemed to follow the Hoodoo tradition of a Wiccan love spell, sometimes called a bottle spell. Hoodoo not to be confused with Voodoo is an ancient method of Earth worship at a simple explanation.

Foremost the jar needs to contain a supporting object of affection (Grace Kelly?) and dates where some associated event took place thus the coins. The value of each coin could also have meaning but not knowing the intent of the spell leaves.

Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III, in April 1956. She died on September 14, 1982, a day after suffering a stroke while driving her car, which caused a crash. To date, her death has been surrounded by mystery.

Now the UFO portion of the jar is another matter entirely.

Since Grace Kelly passed on was the UFO event inserted into the jar as an attempt to describe a passing? Like in an alien abduction?

So the jar seems to be linking two events – love for an individual that has passed with a possible alien abduction?

Here are what the contents in a jar spell represent:

A personalized item: A photograph, hair, nail clippings, blood or other personal item of the object of your spell.

A prayer: Symbolizing a greater power. Also the prayer may contain a message.

Liquids: Generally the bottle contains some liquid, and which liquid you choose would depend on your intent.

Rocks or crystals: Have to do with building a foundation or power.

Feathers: For free passage (flight) Godspeed.

Some people suggest to find the person who sealed and buried it to get the full story however it is quite possible they may not like that someone found it though.

First video shows the moment the metal detectonist finds the jar including all other stuff.
Second video shows the live opening for the first time since the jar was sealed.


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Dr. Ellen Tarr Has Some Good Questions for the FREE UFO Experiencer Survey Folks

This post over at the information-rich UFO Chronicles website drew my attention for reasons I can’t fully divulge right now: “Questioning Alien Abduction Research Methodology.” The post leads to another post by Dr. Ellen Tarr, accurately describes as “a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Immunology [and] an Associate Professor at Midwestern University.” I’ve corresponded with Prof. Tarr in regard to her recent paper on the misunderstandings over (and abuse of) Rh-Negative blood factor. Seems some “researchers” out there want to associate this blood factor with alien hybrids and nephilim offspring (eye-rolls are appropriate at this point). Dr. Tarr graciously gave me a copy of her presentation, which is awaiting publication — hence I can’t get into its details here, at least right now. But take note, all you out there who think such misguided thoughts about Rh-factor blood. Tarr not only shows these ideas to be absurd; she shows the whole thought process about Rh-Negative to be woefully uninformed. You might want to recant early before her work appears in publication. Just a heads up.

Anyway … The above post leads to Dr. Tarr’s thoughts on the recent research survey by FREE (Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters). I blogged about the survey back in July. Dr. Tarr has some critical things to say about the study in her post, “Not So Fast on the UFO Warm Fuzzies.” Here’s her first paragraph:

On Feb. 19, Motherboard posted an article by Daniel Oberhaus entitled, “This Neuroscientst Wants to Know Why People Who See UFOs Feel So Good.” The interview with Dr. Bob Davis discussed recent results of the FREE (Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters) study. Information about the study as well as results from the Phase 1 and Phase 2 surveys can be found on the FREE website. The finding highlighted in the article and in their first paper is that of 3,057 people studied who have conscious memory of “contact with a physical craft associated with some form of non-human intelligence,” approximately 85% “are being transformed in a very positive behavioral or psychospiritual way.” This is an interesting finding, and even Davis points out that is wasn’t what was expected. However, there are a number of reasons these claims should be interpreted with caution and at least a little skepticism.

The short post is worth the read. I’ve asked FREE for the raw data of the survey, which, not surprisingly, they won’t release. Too many of the questions are, in my view (and I’m certain survey-creation professionals would agree and see even more) far too leading. Why not subject the questions (the whole idea really) to those who specialize in the language of such things? Hmmm.

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Sleep Paralysis and Alien Abduction

A few months ago my PEERANORMAL podcast did an episode on the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. As is our format, I and the other hosts read several peer-reviewed articles about the topic and discussed them. Below is an article we didn’t discuss, as the episode wasn’t specifically about alleged alien abduction. I offer it here because it is accessible on the internet:

Richard J. McNally and Susan A. Clancy, “Sleep Paralysis, Sexual Abuse, and Space Alien Abduction,” Transcultural Psychiatry vol 42:1 (2005): 113–122

This paragraph (p. 115) frames the article and the study that generated it:

Although other scholars have suggested that reported encounters with space aliens may have origins in sleep paralysis episodes (e.g. Spanos, Cross, Dickson, & DuBreuil, 1993), few have directly assessed any ‘abductees.’ As part of a laboratory study on psychophysiologic reactivity to audio-taped scripts of ‘memories’ of alien encounters, we interviewed 10 abductees who mentioned apparent sleep paralysis episodes accompanied by hypnopompic [“upon awakening” – MSH] hallucinations (six women, four men; McNally, Lasko et al., 2004). Abductees were recruited through newspaper advertisements seeking people who believed that they had been abducted by aliens, and by word-of-mouth via other local researchers who had worked with this population. The hallucinatory content included feeling electrical sensations (sometimes painful), seeing alien beings in the bedroom, seeing flashing lights or glowing objects, and feelings of levitating off the bed. Most abductees had experienced multiple episodes.

The authors also conducted studies of victims of CSA (childhood sexual abuse) in regard to sleep paralysis episodes. From later in the same article (p. 119) they note that “Our studies suggest that people who report having been either abducted by space aliens or sexually abused as children experience episodes of sleep paralysis at higher rates than do those denying histories of alien abduction or CSA.” The authors also discuss possible correlation between belief in alien abduction, CSA, and sleep paralysis.

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Some Scientific Explanations For Alien Abduction

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Some Scientific Explanations For Alien Abduction

     Accounts of mysterious flashing lights in the sky, spacecrafts and encounters with “real” aliens reflect high levels of public interest in UFOs and the belief that there is “something out there”. However, many

psychologists are less convinced, and think they can provide more down-to-earth, scientific explanations.

Belief in aliens has increased steadily since the birth of modern alien research in the 1940s and 1950s, following the news surrounding a classified US military project at Roswell Air Force Base, New Mexico. Surveys in Western cultures estimated belief in aliens to be as high as 50% in 2015. And despite the fact that it is considered rare, a significant number of people also believe they have experienced alien abduction.

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Theft of Roswell UFO Gets Teen a Year in Juvenile Detention

Theft of Roswell UFO Gets Teen a Year in Juvenile Detention

     ROSWELL N.M. (KRQE) – Remember the teen who was caught last year for stealing the flying saucer that used to be on the outside of the Roswell UFO Museum? It was a prank caught on tape.
Cheyenne Cope

You may be surprised at what kind of punishment he got for that dumb move. If you were thinking that teen probably got a slap on the wrist, guess again. KRQE News 13 has learned the judge sentenced him to up to a year in a juvenile facility.

Surveillance video caught him and two friends stealing the UFO back in March. It was sitting behind the museum after it was damaged during a blizzard when 17-year-old Newman Seely and two others swiped it and took off.

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Mike Heiser Interview with John Ventre of UFOs Over Pittsburgh: Part 2

This is Part 2 of 2 of my interview with John Ventre, the Director of Pennsylvania MUFON. Part 1 can be found here.

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Mike Heiser Interview with John Ventre of UFOs Over Pittsburgh: Part 1

John Ventre is the Pennsylvania MUFON Director and has been a member of that MUFON chapter since 1998. He recently interviewed me about UFOs, alien abduction and, of course, my thoughts on Zecharia Sitchin’s work. Here is Part 1 of 2.

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