The Night Of The Kentucky Goblins – The Hopkinsville Invasion!

First Published: April 13, 2017 Last updated: November 9th, 2017 Written by Marcus Lowth Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes 1 comment

The events of August 1955 read like a Hollywood blockbuster. The bizarre encounter would take place at a secluded family farmhouse, miles away from the next resident. Two entire families became trapped and encircled by “goblins from outer space!”

A stand-off that would last hours, well into the early morning, and would leave behind one of the most truly remarkable of accounts, also left visible evidence of “something” very strange having happened – as well as several battered, shaken and in some cases, wounded witnesses.

Artist's illustration of the aliens.

Artist’s illustration of the aliens.

As wild as the evening sounds, and whatever the “goblins” were, the events are still the subject of debate today. Not least, as we will look at a little later, due to information that began to surface decades later. This information would link the incident to one of the prime UFO hotspots of the United States.

Just After 8 pm, 21st August 1955, Kentucky

Billy Ray Taylor and his family were staying with their friends, the Suttons, after arriving from Pennsylvania. The Sutton’s farmhouse sat about eight miles from the small town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

While fetching water from a well a little distance away, Billy Ray noticed a strange light in the sky. It appeared to be on fire, but with “all the colors of the rainbow” as opposed to the flame-orange. He followed the craft, not daring to take his eye from it. It eventually vanished over the tree lines and came to a stop in a clearing.

He rushed back to the main house where his wife, June and the Suttons were talking. Politely dismissing him, the Suttons were skeptical of Billy Ray’s story.

Then came the sudden and frantic barks of the family dog. The barking of the sort that meant something was outside and approaching.

Little “Green Men” From Outer Space?

Everyone in the house now edged to the windows of the property to peer outside into the night – all the while, the dog’s warning barks continued. The Sutton’s eldest son, Lucky, and Billy Ray stepped outside to gain a closer look.

Lucky was first to notice a green, glowing object heading in their direction. The others saw it too upon his calls. As it edged closer, it was apparent that the glow came from a “small humanoid figure!”

Green alien.

Green alien.

Later descriptions of the creature were as fascinating as they were terrifying. The strange figure stood around three feet in height. Its bald heads appeared to be too large for its body and had pointed “bat-like” ears on the top. The arms also appeared wrongly sized, almost touching the floor. On the end of each arm, the creature sported “talon-like claws” as opposed to hands. The eyes were similarly too large, while the mouth appeared to have no lips and stretched right across its face. It also wore a tight, silver bodysuit made from some kind of “metallic” material.

To begin with, the strange goblin-like figure remained at a distance. Then, as if it had suddenly realized it was under the two men’s gaze, it flung its arms into the air and surged towards the house. Both Taylor and Sutton raised their guns and opened fire.

The bullets did impact on their target, but merely “flipped” the creature over. Unhurt, it quickly retreated back to the shadows, allowing the two men to return to the house. It was then they saw another “goblin creature” staring in at them from the side window of the property.

All-Night Stand-Off!

They again opened fire on the menacing figure, and again a direct hit only appeared to merely stun it. Within seconds it once again ran for cover away from the property. It would become quickly apparent that more than one of the other-worldly goblins had taken an interest in them.

Billy Ray, with Lucky covering him, went back to the door ready to investigate again. As he stepped outside, a claw reached down from above. Sat on the roof, one of the goblin creatures had his hair in its grasp. Lucky shot at the silver-clad glowing figure. He hit it, but the impact only sent the strange being floating down to the ground. The bullet sent a metallic “ping” sound through the night air. Once on the ground, it quickly vanished again. As the two men prepared to re-enter the house, they both noticed multiple glows in the trees around them.

A real picture of the alien "goblin"?

A real picture of the alien “goblin”?

Once inside, they secured the property as best they could, occasionally firing upon one of the creatures amid its attempts to gain access. The “battle” would last around three hours when, around 11 pm, it suddenly went quiet.

Taking their chances, the two families rushed from the house and into their respective vehicles. They screamed away from the farmhouse in the direction of Hopkinsville police station.

The video below gives a basic overview of the strange events that evening.

VIDEO: UFO Case Review – Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter, 1955


Although completely taken aback by the strange nature of their report, police who were witness to the family’s statements were equally aware of the genuine terror and shock they appeared to be in. Whatever it was they had seen, they believed they were, at least from their perspective, telling the truth.

They would escort the two families back to the farmhouse and investigate the scene for themselves. Perhaps telling of how seriously the police took the reports is their request to nearby Fort Campbell for military assistance.

Although one officer did make a report of what he thought to be a “strange glowing” in the woods, none of the mysterious menacing figures surfaced in front of the police. They did make note of the extent of the damage to the property and the surrounding area, however.

The military unit quickly did a sweep of the area. Shortly after 2 am, the Taylors and the Suttons would return to the farmhouse. Unfortunately for the two families, so did the mystery creatures.

With the police and military unit now having left, the two families again engaged with the mischievous beings. By 5 am, just as the sun arose over the farmhouse, the creatures began to retreat, this time for good.

A report would appear in the “Kentucky New Era” newspaper the next day. The once quiet and peaceful farmhouse was suddenly the desired location for UFO researchers and investigators. The scrutiny and interest became so intense the Suttons would eventually sell the farm.

Check out the two videos below. The first is a more in-depth look at the incident in question. The second features Geraldine Sutton-Stith – a child of the Sutton’s at the time of the Kentucky Goblin attack in 1955. She speaks extensively on that terrifying evening.

VIDEO: Alien Invasion at Kelly-Hopkinsville

VIDEO: The 1955 Alien Shoot Out in Kelly, Kentucky

Connection To The Mysterious Brown Mountain?

Brown Mountain in North Carolina is often the subject of strange orb sightings. Many rumors and theories exist that the mountain is really an alien or UFO base. Further to that, a secret network of ancient tunnels stretches out for miles beneath the ground. However, a strange find in the 1970s seemed to link the mountain to the Kentucky Goblins and the incident at Sutton’s farmhouse decades earlier.

The author of the book “The Brown Mountain Lights”, Ralph Lael would make claims to having found the mummified remains of an alien goblin-like creature. Furthermore, he hadn’t simply “found” the creature. He had been guided to it.

In the early sixties, Lael came to Brown Mountain to investigate sightings of orbs. According to the author, an orb “led him inside the mountain” on the first of several journeys he would take. The orb would speak to him telepathically, claiming itself to be a “gas-based life form!”

It was the orb that led Lael to the mummified remains and instructed him to remove it from the mountain. He should do this, the orb said, as proof of his encounter. The “mummy” itself bore a remarkable resemblance to the creatures described by the Suttons and the Taylors. Around three feet tall, the creature also had arms too long for its body, as well as an enlarged head.

Check out the video that looks at the discovery of the mummified alien.

VIDEO: Did an “Alien” Body Turn Up Near a Famous UFO Hotspot

Ralph Lael’s Evidence Destroyed?

Although the vast majority of people were skeptical of Lael’s claims, he not once deviated from his statement. He would also claim to be “regularly harassed” by government agents since making the claims. Maybe it is a coincidence then that almost immediately following his death in 1978, the shop he owned was completely demolished and pulled to the ground? Everything in it became lost, including many believe, the strange mummified alien.

Might it be possible that this strange mummified body was one of the “goblins” from that chilling evening in 1955? Is that one slither of proof that the mountains of the Americas are somehow connected via vast and unknown tunnels? Many Native American tribes speak of underground tunnels, made thousands of years ago by advanced civilizations.

Might the mummified remains have actually been recovered by whoever made the decision to have the premises destroyed? Or might Lael himself have simply been an opportunist? The plethora of unanswered questions, both of the Hopkinsville Invasion and Ralph Lael’s strange find, keep this and other cases like them very much in the limelight of UFO and conspiracy communities. And if there is ever to be satisfactory answers to these questions, that is no bad thing.

The video below speaks of the mysterious Brown Mountain lights in a little more detail.

VIDEO: The Brown Mountain Lights Mystery

About Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for anything interesting, from UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies and unsolved mysteries. He also has a passion for film, music, and the NFL. As well as writing for various websites, he runs and writes for Me Time For The Mind.

Marcus has written a total of 403 articles for UFO Insight. You can contact Marcus via email.

1 Comment

  • Sakib says:

    Very likely to be jinn, they have the power to shapeshift into anything they want. They also like playing tricks on people to scare them.

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