Near midnight on the evening of August 21st (sixty years ago this month), twenty different police officers from various divisions hastily arrived at the scene of the rural farmhouse belonging to the Sutton family, located in Kelly, Kentucky near Hopkinsville. The screen door was torn, a previously placid home reportedly riddled throughout the course of the evening with broken windows and bullet holes by open fire from both a shotgun and .22 caliber target pistol, (enough for four boxes of spent ammunition). Strange luminous lights reportedly lingered around the house perimeter and into the woods at the scene, the only remaining refuse from an unidentifiable assailant. What exactly transpired that particular evening may never be officially proven, but the story described by the Sutton family remains, exactly sixty years later, as one of the most widely publicized and well-corroborated incidences of it’s kind.
THE KELLY-HOPKINSVILLE ENCOUNTER
Christian County, Kentucky. Centering around members of the Sutton and Taylor families (who were both occupying the aforementioned farmhouse at the time), on the evening of August 21st at around 7 pm, the quaint country homestead was allegedly visited by a flying saucer spacecraft reported to have landed in a nearby field. Around the same time, various local law enforcement officials, a state trooper, and residents of neighboring farmhouses also noticed the presence of strange lights or an unidentifiable air craft within the area. Shortly thereafter, a ghostly face appeared in the home’s window, then quickly disappeared. Strange noises coming from outside and the restlessness of the Sutton family dog prompted Elmer “Lucky” Sutton and Billy Ray Taylor to venture out to investigate, their guns in tow. Some reports say the two initially noticed the creature in question as it emerged from a nearby patch of forest. An original article from the Kentucky New Era newspaper claims that a large hand reached down from the roof awning and pulled Billy Ray up by the hair. Despite discrepancies in how initial contact was made, all parties afterward agreed on what happened next.
The day after the incident, an interview was conducted with the family by local radio personality and professional sketch artist Andrew “Bud” Ledwith. The various 7 adult members of the household who had witnessed the initial extraterrestrial approach were split into groups and asked to separately provide descriptions of what they’d saw the night before. The sketch drawings were consistent: the gremlin-like creature described was around 3 feet tall with pointy-ears, large claw-like talons, long limbs and legs apparently atrophied as it hovered ghost-like while “swimming” through the air. Metallic skin, but with a green aura. It was a mere stone’s throw away from Taylor and Sutton whenever the two opened fire on it. Another creature appeared on the roof, bullets merely ricocheted off the beings with the sound of a metal clank as each casually “floated” rather than fell to the ground and retreated, only to return moments later to be shot at again. The family quarantined themselves inside the home where over the course of the next several hours the bizarre creatures seemed to play a terrifying game of “peek-a-boo,” their ghostly metallic faces appearing outside windows and doorways only to be shot at by those inside. They’d disappear and reappear, though never passing the threshold of the house. Hours later the two families were able to flee the home where they rushed to the local police station, visibly shaken, begging the assistance of sheriff Russell Greenwell. A fellow officer with medical training noted Mr. Taylor’s pulse to be twice that of a normal resting rate, the family children on the verge of hysteria. It was noted that the families, although obviously terrified, didn’t appear to be under the influence of alcohol. Officer Greenwell attested that they weren’t the type known to run to the police for help, but rather reasonable folk. Four officers followed the group back to the house, calling for radio backup which culminated in sixteen other county and state officials tagging along as the story piqued the interest of local press.
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