1955 August 21, Kentucky, AN3 344

    Known as the Kelly-Hopkinsville Case

    “Another case hard to discount is the report of the Kentucky family who claimed to have been besieged by several “little men,” whose appearance was completely fantatsic. The incident occurred on the night of April 21, 1955, and was the occasion of many strange observations of the behavior of the “visitors.” One of the creatures was seen approaching the farmhouse with both hands raised. When it was about twenty feet away, two of the witnesses shot at the intruder. It “did a flip” and was lost in the darkness. Then it appeared at the window when the man came back inside the house and was again shot at. Another creature, seen on the roof, was knocked over by a bullet, and instead of falling, it floated to the ground.  

    The entities had oversized heads, almost perfectly round, and very long arms, terminating in huge hands armed with talons. They wore a sort of glowing aluminum suit, which is reminiscent of the sylphs of 1491. Their eyes were very large and apparently very sensitive. They always approached the house from the darkest corner. The eyes had no pupils and no eyelids. They were much larger than human eyes and set on the side of the head. The creatures generally walked upright, but when shot at, they would run on all fours with extreme rapidity, and their arms seemed to provide most of the propulsion.” 

-Dimensions, p. 23-24.


    “What follows are a number of relevant passages from the notarized account of the investigation he, (Bud Ledwith), made on the morning following the sighting:

    “Seven adults were interviewed in three groups: the three women at noon the following morning, the one man who had been in the field working sice about eight a.m. the same morning, and the other three men after they had returned from an all-day trip to Evansville, Indiana, about eight p.m. that evening.

    All groups agreed that the height of the creatures was from two and a half to three and a half feet. They all agreed that the head was bald, the same color as the body; the head was rather oblong like an egg. Mr. Ledwith recorded the following comments from various of the witnesses: many bullets were fired and a twelve-guage shotgun was used... Whenever it was hit, it would float or fall over and scurry for cover... The shots when striking the object would sound as though they were hitting a bucket. The objects made no sound... while jumping  or walking or falling. The undergrowth would rustle as the objects went through it... There was no sound of walking. The objects were seemingly weightless as they would float down from trees more than fall from them.

    When they approached the house in all cases, the arms were raised in a “stick ‘em up” fashion, and they would approach very slowly on their hind feet. When struck with bullets or a flashlight, they would drop to hands position and run. Since the talon curls much in the same fashion as a hawk’s and the hands were raised above the head, it apparently looked rather like an attack position. However, it may have been a friendly gesture to indicate that they had no weapons. They would move slowly when in the position towards the houses and made no attempt to enter. They just stood and stared until they were frightened away. On several occasions, all lights were turned out back and front and then they would approach from any angle. My personal observations (Ledwith’s) of the people involved are this: the three women know exactly what they saw and accepted the drawing number one as the objects involved. I had them describe, to the best of their ability, each individual detail that is in the picture. I attempted not to lead them... but rather tried to follow their lead in drawing it part by part but the whole operation took about an hour and half before the final drawing was made. As for the three men: I had laid the drawing on the table before the men came in... and one of them picked up the drawing and exclaimed, “That’s it!” We sat down to make changes in accordance with what they saw... The two main differences were the shape of the face... and the husky upper body.””

- The Hynek UFO Report, p. 207-209.