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The Hopkinsville Goblins
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    Two (or more) beings sighted by seven members of the Sutton family, who lived between the towns of Kelly and Hopkinsville in Kentucky (August 21-22, 1955)
    Described as three and a half feet tall
    Had oversized heads, floppy ears and glowing eyes
    Had thin limbs and claw-like hands
    Were either silver in color or wearing something metallic
    At one point, two of the Sutton men stepped out onto the porch and a taloned hand reached down and tried to grasp their hair.
    Bullets seemed to have no effect on them.
    When they were shot, a metallic sound was heard, 'like bullets being rattled about in a metal drum.'
    Despite all the shooting, the creatures kept approaching the farmhouse, suggesting that they could benefit from a copy of 'He's Just Not That Into You.'
    There was allegedly an 'odd luminous patch' near a fence where one of the goblins was shot.
    The family eventually charged curiosity seekers an entry fee to view the farm, convincing many people that the event was a hoax.
    One UFOlogist suggested, '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.' (The sound made when they were shot at was presumably the result of the bullets missing and striking a metal object.)
    The family fled the farm in the night and drove to the Hopkinsville police station, where the chief noted 'These were not the sort of people who normally ran to the police … something frightened them, something beyond their comprehension.'
    The pulse rate of one witness, Billy Ray Taylor, was twice normal.
    Skeptics tried to dismiss the incident by claiming the Suttons had been drinking, but police reported that none of them were under the influence.
    The witnesses' descriptions of the goblins were remarkably consistent.
    There was partial confirmation from neighbors who claimed to have seen strange lights at the Sutton farm during the gun battle.
    With the exception of one possible attempted hair grab, the goblins never tried to harm anyone, despite the less-than-cordial reception.
    The family claimed that they charged admission only to discourage sightseers, and eventually moved to get away from the publicity.
    None of the family members changed their stories over the years.

Credit: C. Fishel


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