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The Kelly-Hopkinsville 'goblins' encounter

By T.K. Randall
October 12, 2010 · Comment icon 30 comments

Image Credit: UFOs Northwest
A retelling of one of the most unusual cases in UFO history, that of the Kelly-Hopkinsville 'goblins'.
The events occured in 1955, two families in Kentucky were having dinner when Billy Ray Taylor went outside to fetch water and witnessed a large object landing in the woods before encountering a strange goblin-like creature.
On the night of August 21, 1955, two Kentucky families claimed to have fought unknown beings. In a rural area of Kentucky, near Hopkinsville and Kelly, two families contend they battled extraterrestrial creatures.

Source: Phantoms and Monsters | Comments (30)

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Comment icon #21 Posted by JonathanVonErich 14 years ago
I saw a documentary about that case many years ago. They said basically that it was monkeys from the Circus who was in town at that point.Other people said that the family was drunk. To me the family was credible and I still think they saw something amazing that night.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Mantis914 14 years ago
I suppose if it happened in NY or Vermont to someone with a northern name it would be more believable? So I guess you fully believe the Betty and Barney Hill case just based solely on geography? I suppose if you're under attack by something, you just stand there and let it have its way with you? Any "eye witness" named Billy Ray anything is questionable in my book. I couldn't help but frown at the idea that their first order of business was to start shooting at them. Not to mention they kept refering to the encounter as a "battle", but they never said the "aliens" shot back, it just sounded li... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by Eldorado 14 years ago
An actual silver monkey! (I never knew they existed...probs little cousins of the those awesome silverbacks)
Comment icon #24 Posted by JonathanVonErich 14 years ago
So you found a picture of our Prime Minister, El...Good job.
Comment icon #25 Posted by ohio state buckeyes 14 years ago
If there are thousands of other worlds it makes sense some would be more interested in the earth then others. Who knows what happened that night. Talking about this story makes it easy to laugh off ufos though.
Comment icon #26 Posted by snuffypuffer 14 years ago
I've always been ambivalent about this case. On the one hand, the "goblins" never seemed to make any kind of aggressive gesture, yet these folks can't think of anything better to do than shoot them in the face. On the other hand, the silver monkey explanation is just plain stupid. I'm fairly sure if it was an owl somebody would have found a few dead owls on the property that night. So, I dunno.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Paxus 14 years ago
I totally believe this story. We were having a discussion last night about how Native Americans couldn't see the Spanish ships when they first arrived because they had no reference that such things existed. I think it's exactly like that with UFOs. People have no reference point for such things so they just don't see them. How can you say that when we all watch Sci Fi movies? What do you mean? We have plenty of reference points for such things.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Paxus 14 years ago
"Native Americans couldn't see the Spanish ships" Eh? Apparently some American Indians couldn't see ships. They would look out to see and simply not see them. Imagine the elder medicine man, pointing and saying 'Look at those things' and the rest of the tribe standing there, saying 'What things, we just see the ocean." Apparently some couldn't even see a locomotive thundering right past in front of them.
Comment icon #29 Posted by scowl 14 years ago
This one really feels like owls to me. First, look at the drawings of the creatures at the Wikipedia entry: The pointed "ears" are clearly owls' wings. The "nose" is clearly a beak. The eyes are about what owls' eyes would look like in the dark and they do reflect yellow light. Second, they said the creatures always had their claw-like hands up in the air. This is of course where owls will have their claw-like talons. Third, their "ears" were flopping when they moved. This is also how an owl moves when flying. Fourth, they said ... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Gummug 10 years ago
Great story! I especially like the "silver monkey" explanation. "In 1957, Air Force Major John E. Albert concluded that the case resulted from the witnesses observing a monkey painted with silver that had escaped from a circus." http://naturalplane....-encounter.html You think the Major was serious? lol And a bullet-proof monkey, at that! Hmmm...maybe he could levitate, too!

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