Another case from the history books is the Kelly-Hopkinvillie encounter. This is a claimed close encounter, with what many think are extraterrestrial beings, in 1955. Many researchers regard the case as one of the most significant and well-documented UFO incidents in American history.

Hopkinsvillie is in Christian County, Kentucky in the United States of America. The area was initially claimed in 1796 by Bartholomew Wood as part of a 1,200-acre grant for his service in the American Revolution. The town slowly grew up around the Bartholomews to its present day size of approximately 31,000 people. The area around Hopkinsvillie is riddled with mines and caverns.

Alien Goblins

On the evening of the 21st of August 1955 five adults and seven children arrived at the Hopkinsvillie police station claiming that small alien creatures where attacking their house. They said that the creatures had come from a spaceship, and that they had been holding them off with gunfire for “nearly four hours”. Two adults, Elmer Sutton and Billy Ray Taylor alleged that had been shooting at “twelve to fifteen” child-like aliens.

Naturally concerned by the claims of the shootout, four city, five state troopers, three deputy sheriffs, and four military police from nearby US Army Fort Campbell drive to the Sutton farmhouse. The Sutton farmhouse was located bear the town of Kelly in Christian County, and upon arriving a search of yielded nothing apart from evidence of gunfire and holes left by firearms.

What is interesting in this case is that by the next day the families were reported by neighbours to have “packed up and left” after the creatures returned at about 3:30am.


Other than alien beings from a spaceship there are a number of possible explanations for the incident. French ufologist Renaud Leclet argued in his publication, “Que cache les entités de Kelly-Hopkinsville ?”, that it was in fact a sighting of great horned owls. Perhaps in some agreement with Jerome Clark who wrote that the creatures “floated” through trees. Clark also described “an odd luminous partech along a fence where one of the beings had been shot”. A description that is consistent with foxfire, a biouminescent fungus.

What ever the cause the case is interesting. So interesting that it is used to teach critical thinking to psychologists. Helping them understand how to determine what is real and what is fake. Psychologists put the case down to the simple effects of excitement, and perhaps intoxication.