In 1955, two families in Hopkinsville, Kentucky survived one of the craziest alien encounters ever recorded. Not only did they see a flying saucer, but they engaged in gunfight with the group of mysterious creatures and survived multiple attacks on their home. The story of the Kelly-Hopkinsville visitation is one of the most interesting tales of an extraterrestrial meeting. It fits into an interesting narrative of the many cryptid and UFO sightings that plagued the Eastern Seaboard in the mid-20th century.
At the time of the attacks, the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter turned the nation on its head. The visitation happened in the middle of UFO fever, when everyone was seeing flying saucers. But there was something different about this case; not only did the people involved see a spacecraft, but they came face-to-face with the creatures who were piloting it. Did 11 people really fight off aliens in 1955, or did they make the whole thing up?
The Streak Across The Sky
As night fell on Hopkinsville, Kentucky on August 21, 1955, Billy Ray Taylor was taking a trip to the Sutton family's well. He was staying in a small farm house with the Sutton and Baker clans, along with a few others who'd left their lives working in the carnival. As Taylor drew his water something bright shot across the sky.
Taylor believed that he saw a spaceship zip through the clouds and land behind a patch of trees. However, when he told everyone inside about the "round, metallic object, with rainbow-colored streaks trailing behind it," no one believed him. Apparently Taylor was known to tell tall tales, so everyone assumed he was trying to get a rise out of them. The other 11 people in the house assumed that Billy saw a meteor.
Alien Creatures Tried To Break Into The House
No one believed Billy when he told them about seeing a spaceship pass overhead, but he was convincing enough that his friend Lucky went back to the well with him to check it out. There was nothing at the well, but on their way back to the house, the two men saw a glowing figure walking out of the woods, holding its hands over its head. The two men ran back to the house and began to barricade the doors.
The initial news report of this case claims that there were 12 to 15 creatures surrounding the household that evening. The gray creatures seemed confused; they approached the house one by one and acted very strange. They peeked through the windows, tried to get in through the front door, and even floated in a tree at one point.
A Firefight Broke Out In The House
After putting the children to bed, the families armed themselves with a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle, and they waited. When one of the creatures pressed its face against a screen window, Billy Ray Taylor fired, but nothing happened. The screen was destroyed but the creature simply disappeared.
After the first shot was fired, the situation got out of control. The family fired more shots but claimed that the bullets didn't affect the creatures. They said the sound of the bullets hitting the creatures was similar to that of ammunition hitting a sheet of metal. The group claims that they went through four boxes of .22 shells in the fight.
After everything came to a standstill, Taylor, Lucky, and some of the other men went outside, where they were nearly ambushed by a creature waiting for them on the roof — a taloned claw allegedly swiped at Lucky before floating away.
The Police Actually Investigated The Alien Attack
After the one-sided gun battle, the families settled down and tried to figure out what to do next. Mrs. Lankford came to the conclusion that the small gray creatures with "spindly, useless legs, and human-like hands" weren't trying to harm anyone, but she also didn't want them on her property. When the group felt the coast was clear, everyone piled into their cars and drove to the local police station.
When the family arrived, they were pretty freaked out. The police didn't know how to handle the situation; it occurred less than 10 years after the Roswell Incident, and everyone was seeing flying saucers. The cops went out to the farmhouse to investigate, but all they found were signs of a huge gun battle. Information travels quickly in a rural area like Hopkinsville, and within the hour the small farm house was crawling with police and members of the local media. From there the story exploded.