In the western region of Kentucky, the Kelly and Hopkinsville region, a few years before I was born, a family was attacked by an entire group of goblin-like creatures.
It was a hot, late evening on August 21, 1955. At their rural farmhouse, the Sutton family members were visiting with their guests from Pennsylvania, the Taylors.
The sky was just beginning to darken when Billy Ray Taylor walked outside for a cool drink from the well. He noticed something odd in the sky shooting out flames of all colors. It then appeared to stop and quickly descend into a ravine a few hundred yards behind the house.
Billy ran back inside to report what he had seen, but no one else took it seriously enough to investigate.
About an hour later, the Sutton dog began to bark excitedly. Billy Ray Taylor and Elmer Sutton walked outside to see why their canine was causing all the ruckus. About this time, the dog crawled under the house where he remained the rest of the night.
Taylor and Sutton saw an odd, glowing figure coming toward them from the trees. It appeared to be male, about three or four feet tall, metallic-looking skin. It was humanoid, and very thin with thin appendages. It had claws for hands, a large, bald head with bat-like ears and a long slit for a mouth. The entire creature was glowing, including its eyes. The skinny arms were raised in the air. Their legs appeared to have wasted into uselessness, and they moved in an odd, floating manner, using their arms as ballasts.
As the beast came nearer to the porch, the men became frightened and grabbed their rifles. They later agreed that they had hit the creature numerous times. He just somersaulted backwards, and floated off into the woods. They shot another one on the porch roof as it was reaching for Taylor’s hair. As it fell, it seemed to actually float to the ground. Another goblin was at the side window. Another in a tree. For hours the humanoids kept appearing. The men kept shooting.
One of the adults at the farmhouse, Mrs. Lankford, asked that the men stop shooting as the creatures hadn’t hurt anyone, although the children were hysterical. The men disagreed as the creatures seemed to be purposely attempting to scare the bejesus out of them! Finally, worried for the children, the families loaded them into their cars, and got out of there. The families headed to Hopkinsville for help, and arrived close to midnight.
It was obvious to Police Chief Greenwell that the families were terrified of something upon their arrival at the police station. Corroborating their story was a report from a state trooper near Kelly of “unusual meteors flying overhead” during the time their battle with the goblins was taking place.
Police officers, military police from Fort Campbell, reporters, and photographers descended on the farm. They noted the bullet holes and used shells. They saw an odd green light in the woods with no apparent source. They even saw an unexplainable greenish tinge on the fence where one of the goblins had been shot. Unfortunately, a sample was not taken.
The investigators and media eventually left with inconclusive results. The family again settled in trying to get some sleep. Immediately the goblins were back, peeking in at them through the windows! Finally, around dawn, the goblins disappeared.
Investigators and media involved in the incident came away from it with no real evidence, but also with very little doubt that the witnesses were telling the truth. Their stories were consistent. Eventually tired of being hounded by tourists and others, the family now avoids talking about the goblins. Although, in 2002, Elmer Sutton’s daughter, Geraldine Hawkins, stated that she had no doubt her father was telling the truth. He had been scared to death to even talk about it with the family.
According to archives of the Mutual UFO Network, extraterrestrial sightings taking place in the United States that night and the following included the areas of Chalmette, Louisiana; Casa Blanca, California; Roseville, Michigan; Woodlawn, Ohio; and, North Platte, Nebraska.
In 1998, Karal Ayn Barnett stated in “The Kelly-Hopkinsville Incident - A Historical Review,” that from her experience in the region, no one would gain anything at all from making up such a story and, would be subject to “ridicule,” “contempt,” and hatred from the community. Ms. Barnett further indicated that is the reason the families moved from the area soon after the goblin attack.
References/Sources/Additional Information and Reading:
Coleman, Loren. Mysterious America. NY: Paraview, 2007.
Kelly Farmhouse Scene Of Alleged Raid By Strange Crew Last Night; Reports Say Bullets Failed To Affect Visitors By Joe Dorris August 22, 1955 Kentucky New Era Newspaper