Republished from the June 2015 MUFON UFO Journal
August of this year marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most famous, enduring, and bizarre stories within the history of Ufology. Kelly was, and still is, a small, rural town in Kentucky which is situated just short of 10 miles from Hopkinsville. They are the kinds of places where people keep to themselves, and nothing of a particularly sensational matter ever happens – apart, that is, from the fateful night of August 15, 1955, when absolute chaos broke out. It all went down at the farmhouse of the Sutton family, who had visitors in from Pennsylvania: Billy Ray Taylor and his wife. It was roughly 7 p.m. when Billy Ray left the farmhouse to fetch water from the family’s well. And what a big mistake that was.
In mere minutes, Billy Ray was back, minus the water. Terrified Billy Ray told the Suttons and his wife that as he headed towards the well he saw a significantly sized, illuminated, circular-shaped object come to rest in a nearby gully. As the group tried to figure out what on earth (or off it…) was going on, they mused upon the possibilities of shooting stars, meteorites, and good old leg-pulling. By all accounts, it was none of those. In just a few minutes, the Suttons’ dog began to bark, growl, and snarl in aggressive, uncontrollable fashion – after which it raced for cover underneath the porch. Clearly, something strange was going down. Exactly how strange, soon became very apparent.