Jan 10 2007
Kelly-Hopkinsville Creatures Were OWLS?!
Drawings by Kelly-Hopkinsville witnesses. Super Owls?
I don’t know what’s funnier: UFO Believers who are sure that the space brothers are here to save us, or Fundamentalist Skeptics who know with the faith of the devout that everything is explainable in terms of the dogma of 19th century science or maybe just “plain, old fashioned gumshoe work.”
In an article on the CSI(COP) website, Joe Nickell claims he has not only solved the Flatwoods Monster case of 1952, and the Mothman sightings, but also the famous Kelly-Hopkinsville event of August 21, 1955.
In a column entitled “Investigative Files,” Nickell reports on his visit to Hopkinsville for a 50th anniversary celebration. Apparently he was given a key to the city by the mayor, and paid a visit to the site of the original event. He reports that he talked with witnesses, but does not quote any of them, with exception of Lonnie Lankford, now 62, who said that his mother hid him under a bed during the events. All other quotes in the article are from available sources. Nickell dispenses the first sighting of a glowing object landing in a field nearby as a meteor. This is a convenient explanation used time and again by CSICOPers, and fails to take into account that the Air Force and other investigating agencies found no evidence of meteors, but let’s give him that one.
The standard story, quoted here from the UFO Casebook website is well-known to investigators:
Billy left the Sutton house to go for some water from the family well. There was no inside plumbing at the Sutton farm house. At the well, he saw an immense, shining object land in a small gully about a quarter of a mile away. Running back to the house, he excitedly reported his sighting to others in the house. Billy was laughed at; no one believed his “crazy” tale.
After a short period of time, the family dog began to raise a ruckus outside. Lucky and Billy grabbed their guns and headed outside, planning to shoot first, and ask questions later. Only a short distance from the front door, both men were stopped dead in their tracks by the sight of a 3-4 foot tall creature, who was walking towards them with hands up, as if to surrender. This most bizarre creature would be described as having “large eyes, a long thin mouth, large ears, thin short legs, and hands ending in claws.” Frightened by the small greenish entity, Billy Ray fired a shot with his .22, and Lucky unloaded with his shotgun. Both men later admitted that there was no way they missed the creature at close range, but the little being just did a back flip, and ran into the woods in fright.
No sooner had the two men reentered the house before the creature, or another like it, appeared at a window. They took a shot at him, leaving a blast hole through the screen. They ran back outside to see if the creature was dead, but found no trace of it. Standing at the front of the house, the men were terrified by a clawed hand reaching down from the roof in an attempt to touch them. Again, they shot, but the being simply floated to the ground, and scurried into the cover of the woods. The two men sought the protection of the house again, only to find themselves under siege from these little men. For a time, the entities seemed to tease the family, appearing from one window to another. Taking pot shots through the windows and walls, their weapons seemed totally ineffective against the invading creatures.
Drawing on his earlier investigations in West Virginia, Nickell assumes from the available literature that what the 11 witnesses saw in Kentucky was “a pair of territorial owls.” Significantly, Nickell does not recount the whole story, only the sections that support his thesis, and then even not very well. Lucky Sutton and Billy Ray Taylor, the two who shot at the figures until near dawn, reportedly emptied dozens of loads of buckshot and bullets at their targets, including the first one at very close range. The “creature” simply “did a backflip” and ran off. If these were owls, as Nickell asserts, they were impervious to flying lead, walked on the ground for extended periods and were completely fearless. Another detail reported by the Suttons, Lankfords and Taylors was a “metallic” sound as the bullets hit. When local police arrived on the site, they noted the holes in the walls and windows of the house. Apparently these people, living in a rural area, had never seen owls and panicked. Perhaps it also affected their aim.
I don’t know what visited the Sutton farm on a dark night 51 years ago, but it was probably not a pair of owls.
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