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by Nick Redfern      November 16, 2017       (mysteriousuniverse.org)

  • This is the story of an incident that occurred on August 15, 1955 in Kelly, Kentucky, a small town ten miles from Hopkinsville.

  • About 7pm on this night, Billy Ray went out of the house to fetch some water from the well. He saw a large, illuminated, circular object land in a gully. He and his friend Elmer grabbed their shotguns and went to have a look. Suddenly a three-foot tall silver ape-like creature with long arms held high in the air came at them. Elmer blasted it with his shotgun but it didn’t harm the creature. It did a back-flip and disappeared into the darkness. Back at the house one of these creatures was peering through the window and got shot in the face. The creature ran away unharmed. When they went outside one of the creatures on the roof grabbed Billy Ray’s hair. Another creature was watching perched on a nearby tree branch. When they started shooting at it, it floated to the ground. Soon a group of these creatures were going nuts all around them, lasting into the night. Elmer, Billy Ray and family left the house and drove to the Hopkinsville sheriff’s office. When they all returned to the house, the creatures were gone.

  • Major John E. Albert of the United States Air Force investigated the incident and officially determined that some silver-painted monkeys had escaped from a traveling circus.

  • UFO researcher Dr. J. Allen Hynek also investigated the incident. He noted that there had been no traveling circus in that vicinity at that time.


The subject of UFO research is filled with cases that positively reek of high strangeness. And they don’t get much stranger than a very weird incident which occurred in August 1955, in the vicinity of Kelly and Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Depending on whose version of events you accept as the truth, either aliens landed or a band of marauding circus monkeys – painted silver, no less – were on the loose! Kelly was, and still is, a small, rural town which is situated just short of ten miles from Hopkinsville. It was the night of August 15 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. Around 7.00 p.m. 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 Sutton’s 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.

Intent on making sure they were in control of the situation, Elmer Sutton and Billy Ray Taylor armed themselves with a shotgun and headed out into the darkness. In no time, they were confronted by something terrifying: a small, silvery, creature – in the region of three feet tall – that was scurrying towards them with its long, ape-like, arms held high in the air. Sutton did what most folk might do when confronted by a strange, dwarfish thing after sunset: he blasted the beast with his shotgun. To the consternation of both men, the gun had no effect, aside from causing the creature to do a quick, impressive back-flip, after which it disappeared into the darkness – for a while.

Rather wisely, Elmer and Billy Ray raced for the safety of the farmhouse and locked the doors behind them. In mere moments, the same creature – or, at least, a very similar one – was seen peering through one of the windows. Elmer’s son, J.C., took a shot at it. The only damage was to the window. The small beast scurried away at lightning speed. Elmer Sutton and Billy Ray took a tentative walk outside to see if they could see the creature – or creatures. That was a very bad move: as they prowled around the property, a clawed hand came down from the roof and seized Billy Ray’s hair and head.

Terrified Billy Ray pulled away, screaming, to see the creature charge across the roof. To their horror, a second creature was staring at them from the branch of a nearby tree. A second shoot-out achieved nothing, aside from the remarkably weird sight of the creatures floating – rather than leaping or falling – to the ground and then racing into the darkness. The tumultuous events continued throughout the night, with guns firing, and the creepy little beasts seemingly doing their very best to create as much havoc and mayhem as was conceivably possible.

Realizing that the situation might very well go on all night, the group decided there was only one option available to them: they had to flee the farmhouse, which they did in two cars, making their speedy way to the sheriff’s office in nearby Hopkinsville. The sheer, collective state of fear into which the Suttons and the Taylors had been plunged, pretty much immediately convinced the sheriff that whatever had happened, it was no drunken prank.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one’s perspective), by the time the sheriff and the family arrived back at the farmhouse, the creatures were gone – they did, however, put in a reappearance in the early hours, and conveniently after the police had left. In no time at all, the media got onto the story, as did the U.S. Air Force – the latter coming up with a very bizarre explanation as its staff sought to lay matters to rest.


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By Michael E. Salla, Ph.D.

Did the USAF attempt to nuke the moon?

It’s official – the US Air Force had a plan to nuke the moon. According to a declassified report obtained by CNN in a story that aired on November 28, the Air Force plan involved sending a nuclear missile that would detonate on impact with the lunar surface. The aim was apparently to respond to Soviet success in launching Sputnik I, and showing that the US had a capacity to send rockets to, and eventually from the moon. The project was titled “A Study of Lunar Research Flights” (aka “Project A-119”) and was planned in 1958. According to the declassified report, the plan was never implemented, and was abandoned one year later due to concerns over the effect of nuclear radiation on the moon, and a public backlash. According to one senior US Air Force officer, however, not only was an attempt made to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon decades later, but there was an external intervention to destroy the missile.

CNN was able to track down and interview the physicist who led Project A-119. Leonard Reiffel told CNN:

People were worried very much by (first human in space Soviet cosmonaut Yuri) Gagarin and Sputnik and the very great accomplishments of the Soviet Union in those days, and in comparison, the United States was feared to be looking puny. So this was a concept to sort of reassure people that the United States could maintain a mutually-assured deterrence, and therefore avoid any huge conflagration on the Earth,”

“The basic plan,” according to Reiffel, “was for an intercontinental ballistic missile to be launched from an undisclosed location, travel some 240,000 miles to the moon, and detonate on impact.” Information from the impact, according to Report, would yield information “concerning the capability of nuclear weapons for space warfare.” Reiffel explained:

The thinking … was that if the Soviets hit the United States with nuclear weapons first and wiped out the U.S. ability to strike back, the U.S. could launch warheads from the moon.

Reiffel claims that Project A-119 was quickly abandoned because:

We didn’t want to clutter up the natural radioactivities of the moon with additional bits of radioactivity from the Earth,.. Project planners also weren’t sure of the reliability of the weapons, and feared the public backlash in the U.S. would be significant.

So if Reiffel and the 1959 report is accurate, then the plan to nuke the moon was never attempted. Or was it? According to a retired USAF Colonel, not only was an attempt made to nuke the moon, but there was UFO intervention to destroy the missile soon after its launch.

Colonel Ross Dedrickson explained his background in nuclear weapons security in an interview with Dr Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project:

I was a staff officer for the military liaison committee between the chairman of the AEC [Atomic Energy Commission] and the Secretary of Defense…. During that period of time [early 1950s] one of my functions was to accompany a security team which visited all of the nuclear facilities to check on the security of weapons…. I was assigned to the Unified Command under Admiral Felt during the ‘60s. I was the officer in charge of the Alternate command post involved with nuclear weapons operation planning. During that period of time, I maintained contacts with NORAD, with the SAC operations, and was involved with operational plans for the use of nuclear weapons.

Colonel Dedrickson then explained:

I finally retired from the Air Force and joined the Boeing Company where I was assigned to the Minute Man program where I was responsible for the accounting of all the nuclear fleet, the Minute Man One, Two, and Three. And during that period of time, I also learned about incidents involving nuclear weapons. And among these incidents were those where a couple of nuclear weapons that were sent into space were destroyed …

Dedrickson claims that one of these nuclear weapons fired into space was aimed at the moon:

It was my understanding that in either the very end of the ‘70s or the early ‘80s that we attempted to put a nuclear weapon on the Moon and explode it for scientific measurements and other things…

Who was it that destroyed the nuclear missile aimed at the moon, and interfered with other nuclear weapons tests by the USA? According to Dedrickson, the missiles were destroyed by UFOs that he believed were manned by an extraterrestrial intelligence. Dedrickson’s remarkable claims are backed by other retired USAF officials that state that US and Soviet nuclear missiles were regularly interfered with by UFOs since the dawn of the nuclear era.

In conclusion, we know that the USAF did officially conceive a plan in 1958 to launch and detonate a nuclear missile on the moon. Apparently, “Project A-119” was abandoned one year later. If Colonel Dedrickson is accurate, however, then Project A-119 was either resurrected decades later or a new project was conceived with a similar goal. The timing of the later project, in the late 1970s/early 1980s, suggests the nuclear missile attempt may have been related to circumstances surrounding the end of the Apollo lunar missions. According to some whistleblowers the USA was not “allowed” to return to the moon by an extraterrestrial intelligence based on the moon. It appears that there was indeed an attempt to send a nuclear missile to the moon by the USAF, and that it was destroyed by some external agency – UFOs and/or extraterrestrial intelligence – closely monitoring nuclear weapons testing on Earth, outer space and the moon.

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Toronto,Canada [ZNN] More evidence has come to light concerning how levels of secrecy imposed by the United States Air Force on their own officers has served to restrict the public’s access to information about unauthorized incursions into restricted airspace and the unauthorized shut-down of nuclear missiles by craft of unknown origin.

Documentation and testimony by senior officials and military officers continue to come forward that describe an intriguing chronicle of repression, government control and secrecy.

The ZlandCommunications NewsNetwork has learned that yet another ICBM Deputy Launch Commander has come forward to describe not only his recollections about the unauthorized shut-down of nuclear missiles at an American nuclear installation but that he was told never to speak of the incident.

Based on this incident and others like it: Is there sufficient evidence to conclude that there may be an unacknowledged but orchestrated form of behaviour that taints the entire super-structure of the US government, its military and intelligence agencies – not only to deny the public its right to the truth but obliterating their access to it?

The evidence appears overwhelming in favour of this hypothesis.

Not only are airspace violations by unidentified aerial phenomenon over US nuclear weapons installation sites widespread, but ranking US Air Force officers are being told by their superiors never to discuss these matters.


These officers – despite threats and intimidation – are now coming forward despite this apparent super-structure of secrecy. This time, Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota is the centre of the controversy. Minot has a history of incidents involving UFO’s. (See also Minot B-52)

The missile shut-downs in this incident and those at other nuclear facilities coincide with the reported presence of craft of unknown origin as described by multiple USAF officers who were manning nuclear weapons installations in the mid-westUnited States during the mid 1960’s.

In yet another chapter of this narrative, retired USAF Captain David D. Schindele, as a First Lieutenant and Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander in the 742nd Squadron of the 455th Strategic Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota has come forward to describe not only how he was told at a briefing that the previous night’s missile crew had experienced some unusual circumstances where some missiles came “off alert”, but that he was also directed never to speak of the matter.

In an article by researcher Robert Hastings, Hastings cites a front page news story in the Minot Daily News in December 1966 that covered flying saucers over Minot AFB. In the same article Hastings also outlines former Captain Schindele’s corroborating testimony.

The now retired Captain David D. Schindele said, “I remember that when we were relieved the next morning and arrived topside, I attempted to query the Flight Security Controller, who told me he could not speak about the incident. It was then that my commander also informed me that he had received word, during my rest break below, that we were to never speak about the incident.”

This curious pattern of incursions by craft of unknown origin, the coinciding shut-down of nuclear missiles and clamps on staff observations is now coalescing. It now reads like a military litany of events the US Air Force will be hard pressed to explain when forced to do so by media pressure and public curiosity.

Airspace violations in 1954 at Maxwell AFB in Alabama, Malmstrom AFB Montana 1967, Wurtsmith Air Force Base Michigan in 1975, Walker AFB New Mexico and Warren AFB in Wyoming are well documented. These are just some of the incursions researchers have uncovered – how many more are there that the Pentagon knows about but are yet to be unearthed?


It is true that these strange incidents are difficult to comprehend. However, the military secrecy and the mysterious culture of political silence surrounding these and other similar incidents are even more perplexing.

The less-exposed and broader pattern of military secrecy and obfuscation seem to provide what many might describe as a systemically unacknowledged backdrop of a wider conspiratorial context. The US government’s total silence on this matter is a testament to this assessment.

All the evidence seems to point in this direction.

If, as the United States Air Force maintains – UFOs are not a threat to national security, then why are USAF officers who report such a phenomenon told to keep quiet? Moreover, from where do these directives and policies emanate? What culture of concealment – fuelled by an addiction to secrecy – radiates such a well-orchestrated form of mendacity?

Two instructive events might illustrate the depth of what can only be described as a subtle form of institutional deceit.

In communication with the USAF and in response to questions about compromised nuclear missiles, ZNN was told by Vicky Stein of the US Air Force Public Affairs Office there is no comment on this matter beyond the US Air Force FACT SHEET on its web site; a flimsy if not inept response to very serious and substantive allegations about compromised nuclear weapons by craft of unknown origin – clearly an egregious and straightforward matter of national security.

In another conversation – NORAD Media Relations Naval officer Lt. Desmond James indicated to ZNN that they were aware of the 2010 Washington press conference at which USAF officers described multiple incursions by UFOs over US nuclear facilities; however because this was an ‘American asset issue’, he pointed ZlandCommunications to the same United States Air Force web site http://www.af.mil/ to obtain the insipidly generic statement about UFOs on its Fact Sheet.

In the context of these kinds of dead-pan responses by expressionless Air Force officials, it is little wonder why those who research the secrecy behind the UFO matter come to conclude that an orchestrated form of behaviour contaminates the entire super-structure of the US government and its military and intelligence agencies. The result – the public remains ignorant of the facts.

This recurring theme of imposed secrecy molds almost seamlessly with the now public and disturbing testimony of former Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations Branch of the FAA in Washington DC, John Callahan. Callahan speaks of a meeting held with President Ronald Reagan’s scientific study team that included the FBI and the CIA on November 17 1986 to discuss the Japan Air Lines flight 1628 UFO incident captured on radar. Tapes and radar records were reviewed.

Callahan, a senior FAA official, was then categorically instructed that the incident never occurred and this meeting never happened.

To more clearly accentuate the insidious nature of  US secrecy surrounding UFOs, the respected astronaut and US Air Force pilot Gordon Cooper stated during an interview, “For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists in astronautics. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public.”

Cooper’s remarks demonstrate that questions continue to swirl around how the US government’s complete lack of transparency, threats of intimidation towards its own military personnel and a 65 year-old silence on the UFO matter has affected the constitutional right of citizens to know about this crucial issue.

Not only does this impact upon the lives of Americans but the nature of our planet’s history.


Will the incessant silence in this matter continue to be tolerated by the press, elected officials and concerned citizens?

What group, agency, elected official or media publisher is courageous enough to take on this monolith of government and military secrecy?

Three things have to happen:

1. The US government must be pressed to come forward and openly inaugurate public discourse about all evidence in this matter; examine the testimony of its own military officials and; ultimately admit they have been wittingly or unwittingly part of an extended generation of liars.

2. Amnesty must be offered to all and every individual within the military and intelligence community who may wish to come forward about their experiences or their part in the cover-up.

3. The North American mainstream media must set aside their indolent corporate conscience and get to work on exposing every aspect of the UFO cover-up.

Former USAF officers like Captain Schindele, Captain Robert Salas, Lt. Colonel Dwynne C. Arneson and many others who faithfully served America deserve to be heard.

If and when this scourge of secrecy ever ends, and the truth about the reality of UFOs and an ET presence does emerge – the history of an entire planet will have to be re-written.

ZNN will continue to follow these events.


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