ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

Deep down, we all want to believe in aliens. There's a great deal of compelling evidence, but time and again so-called 'sightings' are exposed as hoaxes.

There is one case, however, that still baffles authorities to this day: The Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter. Read the evidence for yourself and form your own conclusions...

The incident happened August 21, 1955, in rural Kentucky

Billy Ray Taylor, staying with family in their isolated farmhouse, went outside to use the water pump in the evening. He reported seeing a 'flying saucer' with lights of 'all of the colors of the rainbow.' His family told him he'd just seen a shooting star - then things got really weird...

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Creatures appeared, terrifying everyone present

The UFO as described by Billy Ray Taylor
The UFO as described by Billy Ray Taylor

Some of the witnesses shot at the 'creatures,' even firing at them through window panes as they popped up outside the glass. The family ran, petrified, to the police station. It is claimed that military police came to visit the farmhouse after the family raised the alarm.

Paranormal researcher Jerome Clark noted:

Investigations by police, Air Force officers from nearby Fort Campbell, and civilian ufologists found no evidence of a hoax.

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The case actually coined the term 'little green men.'

Bud Ledwith draws from Billy Taylor's description
Bud Ledwith draws from Billy Taylor's description

The encounter was unusual in that a highly detailed description of the 'little green men' was given. Artist Bud Ledwith drew the above images from Billy Ray Taylor's descriptions. The aliens were described as extremely thin, with long arms and claws. A metallic, silvery grey with loose, gliding movement as if wading through water.

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Ludicrous explanations for the 'flying saucer'

Three witnesses describe what they saw
Three witnesses describe what they saw

As well as the eye-witness accounts, it's the bizarre denials and explanations - such as meteor showers or Great Horned Owls - offered by authority figures that have believers convinced.

In 1957 US Air Force Major John E. Albert put forward the rather dubious hypothesis that the family saw 'monkeys painted with silver [that] escaped from a circus.' Yup, I think aliens make a more believable explanation...

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You've read the details, now you decide: reality or hoax? Either way, residents of Kentucky may find it difficult to sleep tonight...

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What do you think about the Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter?

Sources: Wikipedia, Ufo Casebook, Ufo Evidence, Viralnova

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