Have the Kentucky Goblins Returned? Exclusive Photos!

Have the Kentucky Goblins Returned? Exclusive Photos!

In the fall of 1955, anomalous researchers all over North America became familiar with the Sutton family farm, the scene of one of the most intriguing cases in the history of extraterrestrial visitation. The events, witnessed by dozens of credible witnesses, centered around nightly attacks by “little green men”. While the status of these creatures is often argued as everything from space aliens, goblins, or even the official military explanation of “silver painted circus monkey”, the attacks that became known as the Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter, or the Hopkinsville Goblins Case, ceased as quickly as they began, with the strange creatures disappearing into the pages of UFOlogy books for the next 50 years.


I mention the Hopkinsville case only because it bears a striking similarity to the events that one man claims have occurred to he and his family over the past year in the very same state; events that have led some to believe that the Goblins have returned. Only this time, they’ve left evidence of their visit.

Strap in, reader. It’s going to get very weird very quickly.


Two months ago, I received an email at an account belonging to my long defunct ghost hunting outfit by the name of Ghost Hunters, Incorporated. The GHI website is so old that it hasn’t had a proper update in roughly eight years [Editor’s Note: as 0f 2014, the website is completely offline]. I’ll pop in and check the mail about once a month or so, but generally at this point we only receive emails intended for the cast of Ghost Hunters, requests for driving directions to our old haunts, and the occasional invitation to speak at a conference. This email, however, was different. This email was a plea for help.

The following is the complete email sent to ghosthuntersinc(at)gmail.com on April 22. I’ve removed only identifying names and locations. We’ll call the sender “David” from here on out.

Hello, my name is [David]. I received your contact information through a mutual acquaintance who assures me that you are well equipped to investigate peculiar problems. Furthermore, I believe you may have interest in these events beyond any compensation that I am prepared to deliver in order to have these issues sorted.

For the past 6 months I have been living in a rural home located on the border of West Virginia and Kentucky where my family is nightly assaulted by creatures that I have come to believe are of an extraterrestrial origin. These beings appear to be the size and stature of a small child, devoid of any facial features save for large, oily eyes and lipless mouths. They frighten my children by peering through their bedroom windows, chirping at one another. They actively attempt to enter my home in the middle of the night. Last month they took my dog. The police refuse to provide any further assistance, attributing the problems to wild animals and forwarding my complaints to the state game commission.

I believe they are coming from an abandoned mine located on the edge of my property. Though I’m armed, I’m afraid that I’m far too frightened to enter the mine by my lonesome, and cannot convince any sympathetic friends to accompany me, though I cannot blame them. I am convinced that the only answer is to collapse the mine.

I believe this is where we can be mutually beneficial to one another. If you are prepared to assist me in this matter, I can offer you permission to record and document these events under the condition of anonymity. I can guarantee you evidence of these creatures which I assure you are not “wild animals”.

Please respond ASAP. Thank you.

Let me make it clear that as GHI, we have never once investigated any claims of extraterrestrials or UFOs. We may or may not have created a crop circle or two in our teenage years, but that is about the closest we’ve ever come to chasing space aliens. Unless you count spying on Nick Foust’s dating life.

Ghost Hunters Inc Circa 2000

As you can see from the image of the gang, we were 110% professional back in those days. Clearly the kind of fine young men you’d want investigating the terrifying occurrences plaguing your home.

Thinking the email was obviously a joke, I wrote back stating that we unfortunately had no experience with extraterrestrials or explosives, but we’d be glad to assist if he wouldn’t mind elaborating on the details and providing some evidence. I posted the email (sans identifiers, of course) to a paranormal message board that I frequent, as well as my Facebook account, and it quickly became a subject of fun speculation. Who is this guy? Why would he email a ghost hunting group for a space alien problem? Who was this “mutual friend” that was mentioned? Why would space faring beings be living in a cave? Is blowing up an abandoned mine shaft even legal? And of course, the question anyone with a passing interest in the paranormal was asking themselves: what if he’s telling the truth?

These conversations quickly led to the creation of the Alien Cave Base Task Force, a rag-tag group of adventurous friends and strangers who half-seriously pledged to travel to Kentucky with the intention of going on an adventure and seeing if Dave was for real. We even made t-shirts. I don’t think any of us honestly believed that there was any chance of this trip actually happening.


After a few more jokes about dying in a mine collapse, I hit the sack, not thinking much more of the strange email or the Task Force. The following day GHI had a new message from Dave sitting in their inbox.

Thank you for the prompt response. I do not blame you for being skeptical of my story. I appreciate you keeping an open mind about my situation and I am more than happy to provide you with as much information as I am able.

I was given your contact information through a man by the name of Terry Wriste [Editors Note: I’ve left this name untouched due to it’s relevance and the fact that I don’t believe it to be a real person – we’ll come back to this]. When these disturbances first began occurring, I was only inclined to confide in a personal friend who I knew had fringe interests. He offered to share my concerns with a man that had dealt with somewhat similar experiences in previous years. I accepted his offer. Within a week I was informed that this gentleman had long since retired from pursuits of this kind but was willing to provide me with contacts who may be willing to help. This is how I came to contact you. I do not have any answer to “why” other than a referral and recommendation from a gentleman I do not know personally. I was under the impression that you would answer that question.

I am located in Pike County, just outside the town of [redacted], Kentucky. [redacted] is located roughly 30 to 60 minutes from the borders of Virginia and West Virginia respectively. Most of Pike County is made up of small towns and rural communities; it is not uncommon to go days without seeing my closest neighbors. I moved to this area for the peace and quiet. I have received neither.

I have lived in this area for just under seven months and in that time the majority of the harassment has occurred within the past three. I did not become aware of any strangeness until early December, although that is only when I began to keep a record of these events. At first it was merely strange tracks in the snow around my home. I had initially imagined that they were from some kind of animal, though it closely resembled a human footprint minus the heel. At that time I was under the impression that it was simply a single creature. It wasn’t until the weeks later that I began to suspect that I was dealing with a number of what I thought were individuals “hazing” me upon my arrival to the area.

At this point I was incapable of keeping my dog outdoors overnight. Any attempt to leave her leashed would result in her barking herself hoarse until she was allowed back indoors. In the weeks leading up to this particular evening I had awoken to find my shed doors open on several occasions, many of my children’s toys missing or moved, and my yard in general disarray. I had already given a report to the police, who were making it increasingly clear that they were not interested in my case barring psychical harm or large scale theft.

The second week of January I am having breakfast with my family when my five year old daughter begins talking about the “kids without hair”. When my wife inquired about these kids, she informed us that she had spent the previous night watching them play in the yard. As you can imagine, this was of some concern. I asked my daughter what these kids looked like, she told me that they “were bald like grandpa and weren’t wearing any clothes”. The very same day I found the wreath that hangs inside our rear porch stuffed into our mailbox. I purchased and installed motion activated floodlights the following day and for a time, the problems ceased. It wasn’t until the end of February that our daughter informed us that the “bald kids” had returned.

I was awoken to the sound to my daughter screaming and rushed to her bedroom only to meet her halfway down the hall. When my wife and I were finally able to calm her down enough to speak, she told us that the kids were trying to peer into her window but they couldn’t reach, and instead, had taken to tapping on it. She hasn’t slept in her own bedroom since. It was that morning that I phoned the police for the second the time, and they responded by finally sending a trooper to our residence. I informed him of the regular mischief, how I was now unable to let my dog outdoors after dusk, and of the “bald kids”. When we found the ground disturbed just under my daughter’s bedroom window the officer informed me, very matter-of-factly, that we were dealing with an animal and I would be better off contacting the game commission than waste their resources any further.

Almost every day for the following week, I would find some evidence that something or someone had been on my property the previous night. Smudges on the windows were not uncommon, stones from the walkway dragged to the other side of the lawn, and I had found tears in the screen door. On Wednesday the 7th of March I finally witnessed the “kids without hair” for myself.

The dog woke me up around 1:30 AM, scratching at the back door and whimpering to be let out. I noticed that the motion floodlight was on, and went to the kitchen window to check that the shed doors were still closed when I realized that I could see the shadow of an individual cast across my lawn. From the angle I was positioned at the window I could not actually see the source of the shadow or the floodlights. The dog was pacing circles around the back door and I could hear someone rifling through a box on the porch. Filled with more anger than common sense, the only reaction I could muster was to bang loudly on the window and yell, at which point I heard the screen door on the porch swing open and slam against the house. I heard what I can only describe as “chirping” at this point. It sounded much like a skunk, if more guttural. I then realized that there were more than two people on my property, and the shadow, which had been reacting as if it didn’t know which way to run, was quickly joined by another. For a moment I watched as the shadows chirped at one another when I noticed a figure out of the corner of my eye.

Standing in the flower bed just to the bottom left of my window was a small, humanoid figure, with sickly pale skin, completely hairless, standing roughly 4′. It was looking in the direction of the shadows, and had clearly come from around the left side of the house opposite the porch and had not noticed me as far as I could tell. It’s face was devoid of features, save for large round eyes, very reminiscent in shape and color of a bird’s eye. It had no nose to speak of, and only a small slit for a mouth. It didn’t appear to move it’s mouth as it chirped, sounding more as if the noises originated from it’s throat. It was most certainly not a “wild animal” and even more certainly not a child. I was too terrified to move, and watched as the creature hopped to the others, and together they scrambled into the woods on the right side of my property. It was clear that there were at least five in the group.

I have not mentioned this particular incident to my wife, and the only other person who I’ve spoken to about these creatures are yourself and the close friend who introduced me to our mutual friend Mr. Wriste. I would prefer to keep things that way, and to approach this problem as discreetly as possible. Since that evening, my dog has gone missing from the porch, yet to return, and I can only imagine that his disappearance has to do with these creatures. I’ve gone looking for him during daylight hours, only to find many of my missing belongings scattered at the entrance to an abandoned mine shaft at the far edge of my property. I don’t dare go inside.

My friend has convinced me that my experience is similar to that of other “visitation” experiences, providing me with material and references that back up his claims. I am aware of the outlandish nature of what I have told you, but I am afraid that I have no other explanation for what I have seen, at least at this time. I can see no other option than to seal the entrance to the mine. I cannot achieve this on my own, and I am too frightened to try. I don’t dare share this information with others for fear of ruining my career and the reputation of my family. I am prepared to compensate your travel expenses and offer you unrestricted access with whatever recording equipment that you desire but only on the condition of complete anonymity. Beyond that, I have no other desire than to be rid of this problem.

Please inform me of what you would like photographs of and where to send them.

Thank you again.

I immediately felt the urge to take the Alien Cave Base Task Force a bit more seriously..

Lets recap, shall we? Small, child-size creatures? Check. Terror-stricken family? Check. Desolate property in rural Kentucky? Check. It all sounds very familiar.

Something that didn’t sound familiar, however, was the name Terry Wriste. In fact, I don’t think I’d ever heard the name before and after asking a few other GHI alumni I was certain they never had either. Was he someone we’d met at a convention many years ago? Someone we’d gone to high school with? A friend of a friend of a friend? The answer is none of the above. In fact, Terry Wriste isn’t even a real name.

A bit of googling provides only one source for the name Terry R. Wriste: a pseudonym used by an ex-military occultist interviewed in two rather obscure books printed in the mid-nineties. Titled The Secret Cipher of the Ufonauts and The Secret Rituals of the Men In Black, these particular books are about as fringe as you can get when it comes to ufology, with instructions on contacting “ultraterrestrials” via occult rituals supposedly deciphered by Aleister Crowley himself.

Secret Cipher of the Ufonauts and Allen H Greenfield

Just before the index of each book, author Allen Greenfield conducts an interview with Terry, who willingly admits that his name is not real. In these interviews, Wriste speaks of a guerrilla group of Vietnam veterans formed in the early 70’s whose directives included the infiltration and destruction of underground alien bases in and around the southern USA. After explaining how the team formed and where many of these cave entrances were located (including one entrance at the famous Brown Mountain in North Carolina), he goes on to describe the botched mission that caused him to retire from kicking space alien ass.

“…we were in a kind of cavern, only, I’d say, artificially hollowed out and illuminated by a greenish glow, defuse; not from a single, identifiable source. Anyhow, the whole area resembled (ufologist Dick) Shaver’s less exotic subterranean story descriptions, and, in more recent terms, some of the modern alien base stories. We were confronted by these small, grayish beings—humanoid only in the technical sense—and one of our guys said “Dero!” and started shooting. He had an M-1 rifle, if I recall. One shot, and [the little gray being] was illuminated in blue, and just gone. Then there was a sound, and I felt my own gun, an M-16, get unbearably hot. I dropped it, turned to run, and was confronted by two of these little gray-skinned guys with a net. Whatever had convinced me my rifle was hot had apparently not focused on my pistol, a vintage Luger, and one of the little net-holders received the last surprise of its life. It kind of exploded, and the other one dropped the net and ran, up the slope, with me suddenly in pursuit. When we got beyond the lighted area, though, it was just gone. I heard gun fire and explosions behind me, and that god-awful hum, and I continued, pistol in hand, looking around wildly, to go back the way I came. Only three of us ever made it back to the surface. One of them died a year or so later, of leukemia, I think. He was only about 24-25, so maybe there’s a connection.”

Wriste also talks of meeting a group of extraterrestrial refugees led by none other than Indrid Cold. Yes, that Indrid Cold. But I digress. Feel free to read the books yourself,  as they’re freely available online.

I wouldn’t be surprised to find that there are other folks out there with the name Terry Wriste, but the coincidence can’t be ignored.  Was David instructed by the very same Wriste? Probably not. It’s possible that David came into contact with a man that claims to have gone A-Team on ET, but it’s also more likely that it’s someone with a background in esoterica having some fun at his expense. Or ours.

I shared this new information with the ACBTF, a name that at that point, was becoming increasingly relevant to the situation. The gang hits the books and between the lot of us, we discover that Pike County is a hotbed of abandoned mines, that eastern Kentucky is home to some of North America’s most expansive systems of underground caverns, and KY as a whole has a history of some very strange UFO sightings. One adventurous Task Forcer even went so far as to call the Pike County State Police station. Their response was that “space aliens are reported all the time”.

I emailed Dave and requested some evidence for the second time, reiterating that if he was truly serious about having us come to Kentucky, we needed some pretty solid proof that we weren’t being jerked around.

He never emailed back.

Until last weekend.

My apologies for the time it has taken me to reply to your previous email. The situation at my home had become unbearable and we chose to stay with my wife’s family out of state until an appropriate solution can be reached. I am at my wits end.

This afternoon my brother-in-law and I traveled back to the house for the first time in over a month, as I needed to check on the security of my property and gather some belongings. The house seems relatively untouched, leading me to believe that the creatures’ motives were driven by the presence of my family. As you requested, I brought a camera back to the property for the purpose of photographic evidence.

While my home was free of tampering, I was able to find a trail of prints that match the size and shape of those previously left by the creatures on my property. The prints lead into the woods behind my home, following a stream that runs near the mine. My brother-in-law, an avid sportsman, can not identify the tracks despite his skepticism. Perhaps you know of someone better suited to identify these prints.

I will be spending the next two nights in my home and will send more images should the opportunity present itself. I am looking forward to your thoughts.

These are the attached images:

The Kentucky Goblin Footprint 2012

Kentucky Goblin Footprint 2012

It doesn’t take a long hard look to see that the footprints are strange. The question is, of course, are they strange because they’re fake, because they belong to an animal whose prints we aren’t used to seeing, or because they belong to a creature we can’t identify?

Seeing as we were now out of the realm of pure anecdote and into potential photographic evidence, I posted the clearer of the two images here at WF and asked for the help of readers in identifying them.

You guys didn’t disappoint. So far I’ve seen theories about wild hog tracks, bear tracks, three-toed humans (and Sasquatches) to name a few, though my favorite was the reader who suggested it was a man on stilts with monster feet stuck on the end. Another reader sent the photo to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department, who so far can’t identify the print but won’t declare it fake either.

Commenter “Isis” drew our attention to the fact that this sighting mirrors the Dover Demon case, dealing with a creature that matches the same description, down to a three-toed footprint. “Mysterian” mentioned that during the Fouke Monster sightings in the 70’s, a Texarkana newspaper published a very similar photo.

It was stated several times that getting an image of the prints next to a yard stick would greatly help in determining the creature’s size. As promised, David delivered. He delivered big time. This arrived the following day:

“The creatures came out the woods late last evening. I have enclosed photographs taken to the best of my ability given the situation. I have also enclosed photographs of the creature’s footprints alongside a measuring stick. My brother-in-law is not as skeptical as he was when we arrived and we will be leaving before dark this evening. I look forward to hearing back from you.”

The following image of the tracks show the prints measuring in around six inches, with a distance of a little over a foot between each:

   Kentucky Goblin Footprint Gait Measurement

Kentucky Goblin Footprint by Ruler

2nd Kentucky Goblin Footprint by Ruler

Also attached were three images of the creatures that David claims terrorized his family. The EXIF data shows that the images were snapped, sans flash, with a digital zoom of 2.1. The model camera is a Canon a630. The photos were taken at 6:01 AM on June 19th.

Return of the Kentucky Goblins 2012

Return of the Kentucky Goblins 2012 Photo 2

As you can see, even with the images cleaned up, the photos are anything but conclusive, with the first being the best of the bunch by a long shot. I almost didn’t bother posting the second two images, but relented in the hopes that someone else may find some value in them. I’m assuming that the image on the left is supposed to be a profile view of the creature. The image on the right just looks like a dinosaur to me, but I guess if we’ve come this far we shouldn’t rule that out either.


One member of the ACBTF, Robyn Montella, took the time analyze the most striking photo, coming up with some interesting results (see chart to the left – click for full size). The International Center for Fortean Zoology is currently doing some research of their own, and we’re still waiting to hear what else the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has to say about the new evidence. If anyone else feels like taking a crack at some in-depth analyzation, I’d be more than happy to provide you with the high res images. Drop a line to greg(at)weirdhq.com and I’ll get them to you.

So, that makes everything just about current. I’ve not received any further emails from David, but you can be sure that I’ll share them with everyone when I do. You have the story, you have the photos, and now we’d like you to share your own thoughts about the case.

Between the blurry images of purported space goblins, the clear photos of unidentifiable footprints, tales of anti-extraterrestrial guerrilla forces led by men with fake names, and the similarities to a handful of different visitation cases over the years, we’ve got a whole bunch of questions. We’re hoping you can help us answer them. You know, preferably before we decide to drive to Kentucky and die in an abandoned mine shaft. Or some strange man’s sex dungeon.

Can you identify the footprints? Do you recognize the creature in the photos? Who is Terry Wriste? Why would a space faring species go barefoot? Is it even an extraterrestrial? The list goes on. If you have theories, answers, or musings on any and all things involving this case, by all means, share them with us.

And for what it’s worth, the Alien Cave Base Task Force is still recruiting. And we have t-shirts.



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Chasing Midnight

I’m no expert on Alien Cave Bases, but I can hunt the fuck out of werewolves. Been doing it for over 20 years back in the U.K. One thing I’ve learned is that if you’ve found one nest, then there’s probably a dozen more that you haven’t. Before this gets out of hand may I suggest opening up a second front on this side of the Atlantic, “Alien Cave Base Task Force U.K”. However I wouldn’t recommend forming an “Alien Cave Base Task Force Europe”, as most of Europe is a shit-hole, especially France.

So you are suggesting a low yeild tactical nuke.
Especially on France.

Wait werewolves? in the UK?

Werewolves in UK?? Sure look in Westminster!

You sir, are awesome.

I read an article on this which states that it can be nothing but a nocturnal owl which looked like a goblin to drunk peeps

My question is to Greg Newkirk—you’ve written a nice article but did you ever try to help the family? What happened to them? So many of these encounters you see on TV, people go over with all their equipment to collect data but end up never helping the victims. I realize data collection is a big part of the whole investigation business but not much help unless the person so harassed is able to be helped.

I agree. Too many attention whores and pseudo-scientists trying to document for a wanabee TV/web show. I am and have been ready to go smoke those goblins. But the truth is there are no goblins. Don’t get me wrong I believe such things are real but if someone really needed help they could get it. I’m not the only one willing to plunge head on into the unknown.

Writing articles and not doing anything is worthless

This story gets stranger and stranger. The obscure references to equally obscure books on the occult give this thing a creepy vibe. Allusions to little known books, Lovecraft, Machen, the Hopkinsville incident and other cases…if this is a hoax, it is an elaborate one. As I’m in Kentucky (in Louisville), if you decide to investigate, count me in.

By the way, if you want to know what a skunk sound like, here you go…


Thank you for printing this. As someone who has seen “something” in my own yard recently I was very excited to read this person’s account. Then I was disappointed. In the 5th paragraph he explains his dog and refers to the dog as female three times… (her,her, she). THEN in the second to the last paragraph he refers to his dog as male… (his, him). Now unless he failed to state that he had two dogs one male one female. He just slipped up his story. Also, he said he didnt want his wife knowing about anything at all. Yet… Read more »

I agree with Kelly. This story had me hooked until the dog’s gender changed.

I agree with Kelly. After all things his daughter had seen, why would you not share this with your wife? Also, at 6:01 AM on June 19 it would be daylight.

No insome areas in the mountains

Ken Summers

Whatever it is, real or fake, I’ll devise the most complex awkward devices possible to catch it. 🙂

An Australian comedy show used the name “Terry Wrist” a few years back for a fake passenger on an airline, as a joke on “terrorist”. Wonder if it’s that sort of shenanigans…

“Chasers War On Everything”
They also used the name “Al Keida”

That’s the first thing that popped into my head, too, when I read ‘Terry Wriste’s name. Nonetheless, I was surprised to find out it’d also been used by an obscure ufologist.

Anyhoo, here’s a clip of the skit in question:

So I followed those links on the books…a mix of new world order,
freemason, and other esoteric majick stuff, masked in the guise of alien research. Pretty boring actually, as it is all couched in numeric code etc, references. Did lead me to some awesome revisiting of the Ingrid Cold stuff however which was really cool. Nice work *whoever* is responsible
for these amazing events. PS…The cave alien part is kind of cool.

I agree with several others: if this is a hoax, it’s a very well constructed one. You really need to have “boots on the ground” to take a look. Too bad John Keel is gone, I could see him riding down in a rented car with an battered notebook and a tape recorder and scoping it out.

for what it is worth, there are are stories told about Kentucky among the remaining indigenous tribes in the Ohio valley. Basically, very haunted, off limits, concentric rings of dangerous contact zones, spelled out in erased markers, before humanity got the bright idea that nothing is off limits.

Now, if you had been in Point Pleasant, back in the day, or even now, you might have learned to pay attention to the stories, and the warning signs, from hard earned experience of living in occupied lands.

Neal, where can we find more information about these stories?

Assuming, for just a moment, that this isn’t the very probable hoax which it so appears to be, a few words of warning are in order to any would-be investigators of phenomena of this kind — be careful what you go looking for, you just might find it. Some of you know that stretching back into antiquity there are accounts of strange, underground-dwelling creatures which, on occasion, seem to take an interest in human beings. Almost always an interest of a very unhealthy sort, and one which often ends very badly indeed for its object. To those who insist on… Read more »

you take an open flame in an abandon mine and you most definrtly wont come back out! methane builds up very quickly underground here,also look up the term ” coaldamp”, it’s used here to describe old mines that have been re-opened and all the oxygen has been push out by the methane and dust, which will kill you before you hit the ground. just a little friendly advice.

Silas Rogers
Wonderful story, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Hopkinsville Incident since it scared me shitless after reading about it in one of those Time Life books you mentioned. I’m happy that people have already picked up on the discrepancies, most of which seem to center around the dog. One which should be made a tad clearer is that the dog was too frightened to stay outside during the prologue, then very eager to go outside on one of the following nights.Though, it should be noted, dogs are fickle creatures. To continue with the subject of the dog; I’m… Read more »
Silas Rogers

I should also give credit to Nick Redfern’s “The Real Men in Black” for the information on Greenfield.

Anymore on this case? Would be great to hear! 🙂

Two statements herein caught my attention:

“Last month they took my dog. The police refuse to provide any further assistance, attributing the problems to wild animals and forwarding my complaints to the state game commission.”

“I believe they are coming from an abandoned mine located on the edge of my property.”

These “creatures,” if real, probably have absolutely no connection to those “Kentucky Goblins.” But, of course, folks just have to label them as “aliens” or “extraterrestrials.”

Perhaps “David” could use a laser pointer to temporarily blind and/or disable one of these lifeforms? Have you asked the witness if he ever noticed any eyeshine associated with these creatures? If so, what color?

Hi, Grant Wilson here. I recently bought a bed and breakfast in upstate New York, and after being kicked out of my own reality-show, I’m a few payments behind on the mortgage. I think the hunt for this alien cave creature would make a fantastic pilot for the SY-FY channel, and I believe I would be a great asset to your Alien Cave Base Task Force. You won’t believe the things I can do with a length of fishing wire, and I have some great ideas for a crotch-less spandex uniform that we could wear. Please get in touch; you… Read more »

This story is so amazing, especially when I read it from start to finish. this whole experience, hoax or not, would make an amazing documentary!

Hello, Chris Augustin, of Aliens the Truth here. Excellent work to date, a truly interesting story that I believe could very well produce good evidence if you pursue the case. I wish I lived closer to the area so I could offer assistance, but unfortunately, I’m in Philadelphia.


I am in Philadelphia and just as Greg said, they have to come get me! or we could road trip it and meet them!

I am retired and totaly fearless you pay me and geve me what I need to help me . I cant take hand granaids or guns on the flite from her in thailand . I want to go to the mineshaft that has the ET”s you want to get rid of !Find a fealess camera man with me to take pictures? Would be a great help to get pictures .

Road Trip… Hey Robyn, this could get interesting… 🙂

I live one county over. I’ll help anyway possible.

I’m in Floyd county, Ky. Please let me know if I may be of assistance. FYI: I can’t imagine why an outsider with no family in eastern ky would move here for peace and quiet. We may have aliens, Bigfoot and haunted houses, but no peace and quiet!!!!


If the Alien Cave Base Task Force is soon, I’m up for coming from Scotland. blasted job gets in the way. I have no relevant skills, but I bring whiskey and am up for an adventure. I have my own camping gear and teeth.


This is bourbon country!

Take whiskey in. Take bourbon out. Leave nothing but rumours.

It would be a cultural exchange.

I agree with Robyn, a very interesting read from start to finish, hoax or not. I’m really interested and wish I could help out. I am in West Virginia, however, I don’t have the equipment to investigate this. 🙁 Hope something does come from it, either aliens or proof of a hoax.

Kwin The Eskimo

Live somewhat near the location. This would be an interesting expedition. Can bring a myriad of interesting skills to the table (won’t go into details here). Keep us posted.




I lived in Pike County for years! I’m almost willing to bet I know exactly where “David” lives-I spent my childhood running all over that area, hunting morels and ginseng, lol. For the record, I never ran into any goblins or aliens, but I heard a LOT of creepy stories growing up. Of course, the stories were probably meant to scare me into giving up “huntin’ sang” in favor of girlier activities, lmao…Didn’t work.

Out of curiosity, is “David’s” real first name William? If it is, this whole thing is a big joke.

Set up a trail cam by the mine entrance for more photos. They probably need something to eat and drink, right? There must be a way to bait and trap them.

There probably isn’t a need to blow up the mine–Just fill it full of carbon monoxide if your intent is to kill. But why not try communicating with them first? Rock solid proof has a very high value, and a photo is not rock solid proof.

I’m not entirely sure, but I do remember reading something very similar to the what “David” sent you on what I think was the paranormal board on 4chan a while back.

So, unless someone grabbed the email off this website and posted on /x/ to try and troll some people, the email “David” sent might be fake.


Real or not. When do the Alien Cave Base T-shirts go on sale ?

Good to see WF back in business. Three things that came into my mind. 1)The tracks look very similar albeit scaled down in size to some made by alleged “three toed Bigfoot” (or is it Bigfeet?) in Vermont and Pennsylvania. Although I do not believe in Bigfoot this could be interesting. 2)The Kelly-Hopkinsville creatures were reported to be three toed. 3)According to the EXIF file the picture was snapped at 6AM on the 19th of June. I am in the habit of exercising my dogs in the woods very early in the morning in this period to escape the heat… Read more »

Good point on the light. I live in KY too (Louisville) and at 6am there would be plenty of light. So there is something strange there.

Some people never bother to set their time and date on their digital cameras. That could be a reason, but I’m nowhere near KY so you guys probably know best.

obviously you have never been in the mountains of eastern ky, i live south of pike county( harlan county, and it isnt bight outside until about 7:30 in the morning here in the summer( mountains blocking the sun and tree canopy can darken the day quite early)!
just thought i would post this so you wouldn’t get hung up on the fact that the pic seems dark. Also, as far as the weird stories than have been discussed about above,check out harlan county haunts website for some pretty good tales.

For what it’s worth: internet sources say there are no three toed mammals (except the sloth, which we can probably rule out).
I did a search of “three toed animals kentucky” and see that a year ago someone asked the question on Yahoo Ask, saying they found one near a creek.
Nothing like a mystery to help kill a day off work……

Why not contact George Noory from Coast to Coast am? If this is a real thing, maybe the guys there could investigate. Might even fund some kind of expedition, who knows. I’ve heard the guys there mention being willing to go on bigfoot hunts etc when the opportunity arose that something wasn’t fake.

This sounds like an incredibly interesting story. Don’t know how the situation is in the US – but if this was in the UK? It would be once in a lifetime opportunity to ending the mystery that has plagued mankind since he was first able to lookup at the skies, “Are we alone?” There would be enough people (money or no money) who’d be at that place before teatime. First thing, have you spoken to this chap over the phone? Get yourself a throwaway pay as you go mobile for a fiver, email him the number, if he is that… Read more »

I like your thoughts.
I say…..DO IT!

FYI. The shootout with the aliens sounds like a very similar story told by Phil Schnieder. His videos were on veterans today and the stories sound eerily similar.

Why would a space faring species go barefoot? Good question.
1. Why would they keep wearing space boots if they’re on the ground?
2. Don’t you kick your shoes off when your’re at home?
3. It’s Kentucky.
4. If they’re not wearing any other clothing, why not be barefoot?

Not impressed at all with Ghost Hunters, Inc. Looks like to much college student behavior. Are they serious in their investigations are do they BS around like they do in their photos? Also how serious can they be considering they have not updated their website in three years? Updating the website would seem to be the easiest job to do considering it can be done regardless of the weather, the time of the year or any other deterrents Mother Nature can throw at us. Is it due to a lack of material or investigation results? If they are too busy… Read more »


Yes, very similar to the Dulce base stories. The odd choice of sidearm gives it away. “Terry” carried a vintage (German) Luger? Phil Schneider (supposedly) carried a (German) Walther PPK in an odd caliber. Why would both “anti-ET commandos” carry obscure old German pistols? Those are red flags. The authors of both stories are dropping a false detail to tip you off. This is the US. In any of these early stories (if real) these guys (if real men) would be carrying a .45 cal auto. Full stop. The .45 is all gun guys talked about for ages. Especially through… Read more »

No rifle is a cave. Shot gun first side arm backup weapon.

If I’m going into a mine a-huntin’ nekkid 3-toed possums with ray guns and nets, I’m toting a Benelli M1014 combat 12-gage.

M-16’s were at the time of the story standard issue for the military just as they are now, so there’s nothing odd about those. A lot of men in Vietnam had fathers who had brought back Lugers from Germany in WWII; they used them on active duty, it was a prestigious weapon to have.

A little unconventional, yes, but not nearly as improbable as you make out.

I can go. I am retired military. Ever heard of moon eyed people? My Cherokee family told stories of them. If its real cool. If not. Fun trip. Look up otter and muskrat tracks. There are very large river otters make similar tracks but gate is off.

I’m interested in hearing these stories

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if I wasn’t 17 and in the middle of moving would TOTALLY join your task force :D. I’ll just doresearch and report my findings about related cases, other goings on in the area, etc. :b


I think the Alien Cave Base Hunt should be combined with the long awaited Fortfest 2. It would be fantastic, dozens of drunk people hopefully some armed) chasing around in the dark looking for Aliens. After that, assuming fatalities are at a minimum, the local community could have an annual Alien Cave Fest, like the Mothman Festival. Lets face it, much like hunting or werewolf’s, alien-hunting could be fun. Who cares if it’s real.

Ooh, I like this idea.

I like this guy.

superb idea!


[…] retour des créatures d’Hopkinsville Enfin, le site Who Forted annonce le retour des Gobelins de Kelly-Hopkinsville, l’un des cas les plus étranges et les plus […]

I’m definitely up for stomping some alien ass. I haven’t yet met my quota for the 1st half of the year so I need to get on the ball here. Let me be the first to volunteer to enter that mine.

sounds like a plot to a predator-esque horror movie 😀

nah…4 feet is too short for a horror….I mean…Critters were shorter but it wasn’t based off of a myth

R Emmet Lee
I’m a wizard, so you should arrange to take me along. Being the real thing, I charge for my services, but I’ll waive everything but the travel expenses on this one… I’m intrigued. There’s every likelihood that the story is total BS, as with so many things “paranormal”. Of course, there’s that tiny chance that it’s real, and therefore actually worth pursuing. One of the primary reasons that so little of the paranormal gets validated is that people are pre-programmed to disbelieve, and therefore talk themselves out of genuine investigation. Terry Wriste being brought into it means either that somebody… Read more »

There’s a story in Bart Nunnelly’s Mysterious Kentucky about a family being attacked at night by small humanoids they thought were coming from underground, though I think they were described as chimp or ape like. He’s probably worth getting in touch with as someone on the ground, though I agree the comedy psuedoonym is a bit of a red flag.

Hello, I hope you read this and can get back to me. I would like to know more about the family that was attacked by small humanoids as well. The same thing started happening to my family as of 3 days ago. I have been searching online EVERYWHERE and you are the first person to describe them correctly. They are not knomes or faeries… some look demonic or maybe dog like and some look very ape like… some even look like tiny gray aliens. They are anywhere from as small as 3 inches to 6 inches. They seem to be… Read more »
Very interesting story! My first thought having lived in a rural county in AR for a decade was that his neighbors were yanking his chain. Maybe they didn’t want anybody owning that property or they were just bored or he ticked them off. It happens all the time although the alien thing would be an odd choice of scare tactics. I can’t see anyone pushing it as far as they did though or for so long. Or especially anyone taking off with his dog. So either he is being pestered by something real or he made it up and if… Read more »
“David’s story is very interesting. Overall, well-written and provides a good level of detail. However, one discrepancy is bothering me. In the early part of his tale, he refers to his dog as a female (her, she). When the dog disappears, he then refers to the dog as a male (his, him). Most people who have pets consistently refer to the pet in the pet’s actual gender even the pet has been neutered. David also does not say what the dog did when he let her/him out that night. Why the dog suddenly wanted to go out after all those… Read more »

Another angle on this one, I was reading my Weird Kentucky book since the 3 toed prints sounded familiar and they are quite common here. Mary Burlington is a researcher whose focus is on reptilians and she has a collection of accounts from KY (and other places nearby) here: http://www.burlingtonnews.net/jscott4.html

Hey Greg,

“Met” you the other day through J. Wiswell. This account intrigued me. Whether or not it is true, I don’t know. I began to look for other similar accounts and found this: http://templeoftheinfidel.com/Attack.html

It looks like either Dave is not alone in his experiences or he has done some research into others’ accounts.

[…] A recent report that appeared at the Who Forted? website discussed a strange story that, while almost entirely too good to be true, seems somewhat reminiscent of the fabled Hopkinsville Goblin encounter. According to blogger Greg Newkirk, he received an email from a Kentucky man claiming to have made contact with strange, diminutive creatures with pale skin, large eyes, and an odd method of “chirping” for communication. The man reports that these odd entities have appeared around his home at various times throughout the last several months, and that their presence has caused great distress among he and his… Read more »

I live in Southern Ohio and would be willing to go down and investigate. Heavily armed of coarse.

Silas Rogers
As one final note; it is common knowledge that Allen Greenfield is a part of the modern day occult community. I haven’t read any of his works though Robert Anton Wilson does mention his “Cipher” as being strange even for the UFO community. The works of Kenneth Grant are interesting for anyone looking into the strange overlap of UFOs, magic, and Lovecraft. His Nightside Narrative “Against the Light” is an interesting, if perhaps fictionalized, astral account of alien interactions with mankind. I’ve only read “The Magical Revival” and “Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God” otherwise which may not offer any… Read more »
Fascinating story. If it’s a hoax, it’s brilliant. Either way, I’m sure it will entertain my fellow fringe enthusiasts when I tell them about it at our next Fortean Feast(which will be held to celebrate my brother’s upcoming Venusian birthday). I have nothing to offer in terms of investigating the references and clues in the story; the connections and oddities that have already been pointed out by others are beyond my scope of knowledge…but perhaps I may be of assistance in other ways. Spelunking(cave exploration) has long been a hobby for myself and my brother, and the area we live… Read more »

Just echowing what others have stated before. I clicked on this link figuring it would be a little paragraph about a sighting. This story is utterly fascinating. I can’t wait to see if anything else comes of it.