A drawing of the Kentucky Goblins provided to Project Bluebook. Image: ATI
The Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter was a close encounter with extraterrestrial beings in 1955 near the communities of Kelly and Hopkinsville in Kentucky. UFOlogists regard it as one of the most significant and well-documented cases in the history of UFO incidents.
The Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins
On August 21, 1955, while visiting his friend Elmer “Lucky” Sutton at a farmhouse in the small town of Kelly, Billy Ray Taylor from Pennsylvania went outside to get water from the well. Suddenly, he noticed something flying across the sky that was very bright and had colorful exhaust. Filled with panic, he quickly ran back inside and informed everyone, including his wife and the Sutton family, that he had just seen a UFO.
Taylor also mentioned that he didn’t hear any loud noise like an explosion, but there was a hissing sound when the object landed somewhere near the back of the farmhouse. However, nobody took Taylor’s claim seriously until they heard the dogs barking, indicating that someone or something was approaching the house.
The intruders had large, round heads and long arms with claws that almost reached the ground. Every aspect of their appearance appeared to shimmer and emit a glow in the darkness.
Their eyes emitted a yellowish light, and their bodies glistened as if they were composed of silver metal.
The groupgathered at the Sutton farmhouse were determined not to surrender without a struggle. Sutton and Taylor quickly armed themselves with guns. When one of the creatures approached the window and pressed its face against it, they immediately began shooting at it.
Later that evening, a group of five adults and seven children rushed to the Hopkinsville police station in a state of fear and desperation. One of them managed to utter, “We require assistance. We’ve been battling them for almost four hours.”
The group claimed that they had been fending off the otherworldly invaders for nearly four hours using gunfire. Sutton and Taylor recounted shooting at around “twelve to fifteen” short, dark figures that kept appearing at the door and peering through windows.
UFOlogist Jerome Clark describes the creatures as floating through the trees and the sound of bullets hitting them resembling bullets hitting a metal bucket. He also mentions an unusual glowing patch and a mysterious green light.
Thinking they were dealing with a gunfight between locals, authorities swiftly responded to the scene. Four city police officers, five state troopers, three deputy sheriffs, and four military police officers from the nearby United States Army Fort Campbell rushed to the Sutton farmhouse in Christian County, near the town of Kelly.
Despite an extensive search, they found no trace of the alleged extraterrestrial beings, except for bullet holes in the window and door screens caused by the residents’ gunfire.
The farmhouse was occupied by Glennie Lankford, her children Lonnie, Charlton, and Mary, as well as Elmer “Lucky” Sutton, John Charley “J.C.” Sutton, their wives Vera and Alene, Alene’s brother O.P. Baker, and Billy Ray Taylor with his wife June.
Reportedly, the Taylors, “Lucky,” and Vera Sutton were transient carnival workers who happened to be visiting the farmhouse. The following day, neighbors informed the officers that the families had hastily departed after claiming that “the creatures had returned around 3:30 in the morning.”
Possible Mundane Explanations
A documentary about the Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblin encounter by Fire of Learning
Psychologists Rodney Schmaltz and Scott Lilienfeld use the incident as an example of pseudoscience to teach critical thinking. They suggest that alcohol may have influenced the sighting, despite claims of no drinking.
Skeptic Joe Nickell proposes that the family mistook nocturnal owls for aliens, noting their aggressive behavior and resemblance to reported creatures. Author Brian Dunning highlights the similarities between the owl’s height and the reported size of the beings.
According to French UFOlogist Renaud Leclet, the simplest explanation for the case is that the residents mistook great horned owls for the creatures.
Investigations by police, nearby Air Force officers, and civilian UFOlogists found no evidence of a hoax, although there are discrepancies regarding the involvement of Air Force investigators.
Some UFOlogists compared the creatures to gremlins, leading to their popular nickname, the “Hopkinsville Goblins.” UFOlogist Allan Hendry noted the case’s significance due to its duration and the number of witnesses involved, while Project Blue Book labeled it as a hoax without further comment.
Kentucky Goblins and the ‘Little Green Men’
The encounter with the goblins in Kelly-Hopkinsville led to the popularization of the term “little green men.” Before this sighting, beings in flying saucers were simply referred to as “little men,” while “little green men” was mainly used in science fiction stories.
After the alleged sighting, local reporters began describing the creatures as “little green men,” and the phrase quickly spread through newspapers, radio, and translations into other languages.
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Stanford Professor’s Research Discovers Pattern of Brain Damage in Witnesses’ of UAPs
Garry Nolan’s studies have shown that many witnesses of UAP events have scarring in their brain that somewhat resembles ‘white spots’ caused by multiple sclerosis. Is this brain damage caused by the UAPs themselves or is it a preexisting condition that makes victims more susceptible to experiencing the phenomena?
Who is Professor Gary Nolan?
Professor Garry Nolan is a renowned scientist and professor in the field of microbiology and immunology. He is associated with Stanford University School of Medicine, where he holds the Rachford and Carlota A. Harris Professorship. Professor Nolan is particularly well-known for his groundbreaking work in the fields of immunology, cell biology, and systems biology.
Throughout his career, Professor Nolan has made significant contributions to the understanding of the immune system and cellular processes. His research often involves the use of advanced technologies, such as flow cytometry and mass cytometry, to analyze and characterize individual cells with great precision. His expertise in these techniques has led to a deeper understanding of the immune response, cancer biology, and other related areas.
In addition to his research, Professor Garry Nolan is actively involved in teaching and mentoring students. He has played a pivotal role in training the next generation of scientists and has been recognized for his dedication to education.
Garry Nolan’s Research into the Brains of UAP Experiencers
In an interview with Vice, Garry Nolan explained that the brains of people who had witnessed UAP show signs of damage that appears on scans in a similar way to multiple sclerosis.
A normal brain scan verses a brain scan of someone with MS
When we use MRIs to look at the brains of people with certain conditions like multiple sclerosis, we can see something called white matter disease. This shows up as white blobs on the MRI, and it’s basically scarring or dead tissue. It happens because the immune system mistakenly attacks the brain.
Nolan noticed something interesting when studying the brain scans of UAP experiencers. Initially, they thought there was damage in a specific part of the brain that controls essential functions like movement. However, upon closer examination, they realized it couldn’t be damage because severe damage there would be fatal. Instead, they discovered these individuals had an excess of connections between certain brain structures.
In simpler terms, these people had too many connections between different parts of their brains, specifically the caudate and the putamen, which are crucial for higher brain functions and motor planning. This wasn’t something typically seen in the general population. Interestingly, some individuals had this unique brain pattern from an early age, as shown in MRIs from previous years. It seemed like they were born with this special feature.
The area of the brain with these extra connections is linked to intuition, the ability to make quick and clever decisions. Garry Nolan found that high-functioning individuals, like pilots and intelligence officers, often had this unique brain setup. The question remained whether this trait was caused by something they came into contact with or if it was an inherent characteristic.
Normally, people have a density level of 1x in this region, but many in the study had much higher levels—5x to 15x. They wondered if this higher density might be linked to how the neurons work. They specifically checked if people who claimed encounters, especially pilots, noticed any changes in their brain function.
Among the 100 patients studied, about a quarter died from their injuries, and most had symptoms similar to what’s now called Havana syndrome. The researchers believe some of these cases were the first instances of Havana syndrome. When it became a national security issue, access to files was restricted to prevent international incidents.
However, some individuals who saw Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) didn’t have Havana syndrome but had various other symptoms. The researchers are exploring how electromagnetic frequencies might be related to what happened. For instance, in one case on the Skinwalker Ranch, they could estimate the energy required for the electromagnetic wave that caused damage deep in the brain. They think this is unrelated to UAPs and likely involves a state actor connected to Havana syndrome.
In the analysis of the patients, apart from MRIs, a deep psychological evaluation was conducted to ensure the stability of the individuals and rule out any obvious delusions. The primary focus of the researcher’s role was using a device called CyTOF to analyze blood. However, the challenge was that many cases occurred years before obtaining the blood samples, making it difficult to draw conclusive results. Nolan emphasized the need for access to blood during the acute phase of the injury, typically within a few days or weeks.
Regarding potential causes of the observed brain impact, Nolan speculated that the only man-made scenario he could imagine was being near an electric transformer emitting intense energy, essentially causing internal burns.
When asked about the research goal—whether it’s documenting observations or seeking a cause—the researcher explained that scientific inquiry follows a natural progression: first cataloging, then organizing, and finally exploring causes with sufficient data.
The researcher emphasized the importance of avoiding premature conclusions, acknowledging the abundance of hypotheses that are not proof. While Nola has personal thoughts about the situation, they remain open to the possibility of being wrong, but often feel confident in his assessments based on accumulated data.
Garry Nolan discusses his research
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The Newmill Green Blob UFO
An artist’s recreation of the Newmill Blob UFO
In September 1977 a young Cornish couple saw a strange glowing blob floating around the outside of their cottage. In the days afterwards the couple both became violently ill with an unexplained illness resembling radiation poisoning.
Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton See Something Unexplainable at Newmill
The driveway leading to the home of Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton
In The Cornishman newspaper on September 22, 1977 there was a report that suggested that there might have been unusual activity related to unidentified flying objects in the area of Newmill.
Newmill is a small settlement located about three kilometers north of Penzance in the UK. The surrounding region is known for having many ancient features like stone circles, tall standing stones, and ancient burial mounds. Of particular interest is the well-preserved ancient village of Chysauster, situated approximately one and a half kilometers to the northeast.
According to this report, a young couple named Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton saw a strange ball of light floating around their property for several minutes in September 1977. A few days after witnessing this strange phenomenon, Caroline and Peter both became very ill with symptoms resembling radiation sickness but their doctors were not able to determine a cause of their illness.
UFO investigator Terry Cox, the Bodmin representative of UFOIN, decided to interview the couple shortly after these events to try and get to the bottom of what happened. We have decided to summarize the interview here to give you a clear picture of his investigations.
Terry Cox Interviews Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton about the Newmill UFO
Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton were a young couple who own and are working on fixing up the old post office located near the road from Penzance to Treen on the north coast of Cornwall. Terry claimed that the couple seemed truthful when talking about what happened, and it seemed clear that they were well-educated and intelligent.
On the evening of Saturday, September 17, 1977, which was a calm and clear night, Caroline came downstairs from the road entrance to her house. She was heading out for the evening on her moped, which was parked by the door.
In her own words, Caroline recounted:
“It was about 9.30 p.m. when I went downstairs to get on my bike and go out for the evening. I had a feeling Pete had followed me down and was standing behind me, so I turned around and saw this kind of green-haze-thing no more than four metres away from me. I just could not believe it, so I walked up to the thing. It seemed about two metres away and coming closer. I was just staring at it in disbelief, then went to tell Pete.
When he came down it was moving away and up the barn steps and crossing in front of the barn. We watched it for about two minutes, then Pete went and fetched his spectacles to have a really good look at it.
Meanwhile I went around to the front of thehouse because there were some people using the telephone kiosk by our front door. I said: ‘Can you come and look at this? I have just seen this green-haze-thing, can you come and look?
They arrived just as Pete came downstairs with his spectacles. We could not spot the thing at first, but when we looked over towards the big tree on the edge of Mr. Stone’s property, there it was — sort of red and green and silver, flashing at a thirty degree angle above the tree. I did not really feel frightened at the time, I just felt interested.”
Terry then asked: “I understand you saw something like a pole or fin projected from it?”
Caroline: “I cannot really say, it seemed to have something below it, but I could not see clearly what
it was. It seemed as if it was on top of another thing. Quite narrow I think.”
Terry: “You say it was like a green haze. Do you think it was like a vapour?”
Caroline: “No, it was not vapour. It seemed quite solid. You could not see through it when it moved in
front of the barn. In fact it blotted out the stones. I could not hear any noise at all.”
Terry: “Were you upset in any way by the experience?”
Caroline: “No, I was quite interested in it, I wanted to go and look for it the next night. I was quite excited and told everyone else, it seemed like a kind of space-ship to me. When it was above the tree it appeared a bit elongated although it was oval when I first saw it in the yard. It did seem as if it was on a sort of pole. It did not look like a figure of any sort but I cannot be sure, it was not that clear. It glided in front of the barn about two metres above the ground and appeared about one metre wide and bright. But it was much brighter when it was up in the sky. I have never been interested in this sort of thing before, but I am now.”
Peter was able to add some other interesting details about the encounter:
Peter: “It lit up the corner stones of the barn when it moved across the front. I do not know why it moved that way. I would have expected it to move towards the field.”
Terry: “Then it came back across the front of the barn and went into the field?”
Peter: “Yes. I went upstairs for my spectacles and by that time it had returned across the front of the barn, because I saw it from the upstairs window and then it was over the trees. That was when Caroline returned with the people from the kiosk.”
Other Witnesses of the Newmill UFO
The path taken by the Newmill UFO as described by Caroline Bond
The people who came from the telephone booth turned out to be Bill and Sally Beard, from Birmingham. They were staying with Sally’s mom, Mrs. Gibbons.
Mrs. Gibbons’ property is just up the road from the old post office and almost right across from Mr. Stone, who shows up a little later.
Mrs. Gibbons works as someone in charge of a place for young mothers who aren’t married. She also saw the thing in the sky when it moved above the tree and agreed with what the other people said. They all saw a second thing that looked the same in the night sky toward the northwest.
All the people who saw these objects, including George Stone, who first saw one of them above a tree, agree that these things seemed to have red lights inside a clear green shape. They didn’t move in a straight line but seemed to wander around the sky, making small, zigzaggy movements. They looked like they were flying at the height where helicopters usually fly.
George Stone said that the object he saw up close stayed visible in the northern sky for about half an hour before disappearing. But the one to the northwest was still there when he went inside, and he watched it from his bedroom window with his sister until they went to bed, which was around 11:00 to 11:30 p.m.
The next day, Sunday, September 18, Peter, Caroline, a schoolteacher named Mr. Chiswell and his wife, along with a Mr. Rose and a Mr. Berry, all from the village, saw what seemed to be the same things, and maybe even a third one, in the night sky.
The Chiswell family looked at one of these things using an ex-military telescope, but they couldn’t see many extra details. Peter Boulton noticed that one of these objects was in the same spot in the sky as the one they first saw. There was also another one to the northwest. They moved strangely, just like before.
Then, on the night of the 18th, Mr. Anthony Laity, who works as a civil servant nearby in Crowlas, saw a saucer-shaped object while he was driving on the Redruth by-pass road. It showed up on the side of his car at about the height of the roof. The top part of it was glowing white, and the bottom part had a yellowish color. When he sped up, the saucer did too, staying alongside him until its light faded, and he couldn’t see it anymore.
A Mysterious Illness Affects Caroline and Peter
After the close encounter on September 17th, both Peter and Caroline got sick about a week later. Peter got so sick that he had to go to the hospital, and the doctors did lots of tests but couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Later, he stayed with his sister, who’s a doctor, and even she couldn’t figure out what was making him throw up, have muscle pains, and headaches. They didn’t have any skin problems or clear signs of being exposed to radiation.
But Caroline had some similar symptoms, although not as bad as Peter’s. Doctors initially thought that she had appendicitis and removed her appendix. Once removed it turned out Caroline’s appendix was healthy. Peter and Caroline were disturbed by this outcome. To this day they still do not know the cause of their illness.
A video by Project Bluebook describing the connection between UFO encounters and Radiation Sickness
What do you think caused the UFO sighting at Newmill and the mysterious illness that affected Peter and Caroline Tell us your theories in the comments. If you liked this article you might be interested in other UFO encounters such as the Petrozavodsk Jellyfish UFO or Kristina Florence’s UFO Abduction.
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