This is another well known case, that has yet to be disproven. Although Project Blue Book never investigated the case, it has been acknowledged that
amatuer ufologists and even airforce officers never found anything to inidicate the case was a hoax. Police were called on this occasion too, and
although they did not sight anything out of the ordinary, they were critical in judging the credibility of those who were present at the time.
The incident allegedly started at 7pm, on August the 21st, 1955, where members of the Sutton family where entertaining their friend Billy Ray Taylor.
There were eight adults and three children present at the time, and the night was described as being warm but clear. Blly Ray Taylor exited the house
to get a drink from the water pump where he saw what was described as "a bright lughtrainbow coloured exhaust" in the western half of the sky. He
ran back inside and told everybody about them, but they just laughed, thinking he had become over excited at a shooting star.
Not long after, the Suttons dog was heard to be barking violently and ran underneath the house with its tail between its legs, where it stayed for the
rest of the night. Billy Ray and Elmer Sutton went outside to investigate, they described what they witnessed as "a luminous,
three-and-a-half-foot-tall being with an oversized head, big, floppy, pointed ears, glowing eyes, and hands with talons at their ends. The figure,
either made of or simply dressed in silvery metal, had its hands raised".
The men, who were obviously suprised and scared, grabbed their guns, a 22. rifle and a shotgun, began shooting at it. They reported that the creature
"flipped over and fled into the darkenss", of a nearby field. The men satisfied they had scared it off, returned to the living room of the house
with the rest of the family. A few minutes later another (possibly the same creature)creature appeared at the window, peering in at the now terrified
family. Again, Billy Ray and Elmer Sutton fired their weapons through the screen _
Sure that they had hit and injured or possibly killed the thing, they ventured outside to find the body. The other members of the family were huddled
in the hallway behind them. As they ventured out, the family in the hall witnessed a taloned hand reach down and touch his hair. The family now
understandibly terrified grabbed Billy Ray and pulled him back inside the house. Elmer Sutton rushed out and shot the creature at point blank range,
knocking it off the roof. Another, seperate creature was observed in a tree close to the house. This time both men shot at it knocking it off the
limb. It flipped and scurried into the darkness. At that same point in time, yet another creature (or perhaps the one on the roof) came around the
corner of the house, directly in front of Elmer Sutton. He shot the creature at point blank range with his shotgun, which seemed to have no effect and
the creature scurried off again. A sound similar to bullets hitting metal was heard as the bullets hit the crature.
The following is how the family described the creatures:
The creatures generally moved in a peculiar fashion. The legs appeared to be inflexible and when they ran, movement was accomplished almost
totally by "hip motions." Usually totally erect, when they ran off they bent over and moved with long arms almost touching the ground. The
entities' ability to float was particularly evident when one was knocked off the kitchen roof and floated a distance of about forty feet to a fence,
where it was knocked off again by a shot. While they did not appear to have an aura of luminescence, their "skin" glowed in the dark with the glow
becoming brighter when they were shot at or shouted at.
Pictures given by the group
At this point in time, the men were convinced that their guns were uselss against whatever it was that was terrorising them, and they decided to
huddle in with the rest the family in the house. The creatures kept peering inside the house at regular intervals, and finally at 11pm, the family
decided enough was enough and they jumped in two cars and raced to nearby, Hopkinsville police station.
Half an hour after they had departed, they arrived back at the house with the police and a staff photographer. A detailed search occured but nothing
was found apart from one unusual thing, a luminous patch near a fence where one of the creatures had been shot at. There were spent casings of bullets
Ploice investigators concluded that none of the family were under any influence of alcohol or drugs and were sincere. They also concluded that the
family were in genuine distress and a poilce officer with medical training measured that Billy Rays pulse rate was twice that of what it shouldve
been. Nobody doubted that the family were part of a hoax or were mistaken about what they saw.
The police reassured the Suttons and Billy Ray and left at about 02:15am on the 22nd of August. Not long after one of the creatures returned and Billy
Ray again fired through one of the windows. They continued to make regualr appearances, all throughout showing no hostility only what seemd like
curiosity. The last time the creatures where seen was 05:15am.
The incident earned publicty almost immediately and members of the public started turning up in droves. Some wanted pictures for the family, others
turned up to simply ridicule them for seeing"little green men". The family repeatedly wanted the public to leave and seemed embaressed at all the
publicity they incurred.
The most telling criticism of the incident, however, is that there is absolutely no physical evidence whatsoever that the incident actually
occurred. Skeptics point out that no footprints were found (the ground was extremely hard), no marks were on the roof (although the creatures seemed
nearly weightless and may not have left marks), there was no blood on then, the bullets did no apparent damage), et cetera. One could thus conclude
that the family "faked" the entire incident.
When interviewed by a radio station, in two seperate groups the family described almost the exact same thing. The two men who were closer described
the creatures as less "stockier" than the others, and Billy Ray said one had antennae. All surviving family members and relatives stick by their
accounts to this day.
Geraldine Hawkins, Elmer Suttons daughter explained:
It was a serious thing to him. It happened to him. He said it happened to him. He said it wasn't funny. It was an experience he said he would
never forget. It was fresh in his mind until the day he died. It was fresh in his mind like it happened yesterday. He never cracked a smile when he
told the story because it happened to him and there wasn't nothing funny about it. He got pale and you could see it in his eyes. He was scared to
One corraborating report came from a state highway trooper not far from where the incident occured. He reported that he saw "unusual meteors" flying
overheard accompanied by "artllery fire sounds".
Two explanations for the event were
In 1957, U.S. Air Force Major John E. Albert concluded that the Kelly-Hopkinsville case was the result of the witnesses seeing a "monkey painted
with silver [that] escaped from a circus," and that Mrs. Lankford's imagination had exaggerated the event. Isabel Davis, for one, rejected this
explanation as not only entirely speculative, but absurd: "[m]onkeys are hairy creatures, monkeys have long tails, monkeys are notorious
chatterboxes, and monkeys struck by bullets bleed and die ... no amount of 'optical illusion' can explain a mistake of this magnitude
That one was quite far fetched
An explanation for the case has been proposed recently by Renaud Leclet, a French Ufologist. It could be a misidentification of a pair of Great
horned owls, which are nocturnal, fly silently, have yellow eyes, and aggressively defend their nests. Leclet argues that this explanation fits well
with the details of the case, including the appearance and behaviour of the "humanoids". The metallic sound of the striking bullets can be explained
by the fact that some bullets hit some metallic objects of the farm, such as the fence. This misidentified bird hypothesis was echoed by Joe Nickell
in a Skeptical Inquirer article.
So what did happen that night? Are these explanations by skeptics substantial?
[edit on 17/1/2009 by OzWeatherman]