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Purported Extraterrestrial Footprints Discovered in Rural Kentucky

Editor’s Note: the entire story is now posted, including several measurable images of the footprints and new photos of the alleged creatures. Read: Have the Kentucky Goblins Returned?

May as well return to regular updates with a bang, right? We’re looking for a little help on this one.

A man in eastern Kentucky is convinced that his family is being terrorized by a race of cave-dwelling creatures that he believes to be extraterrestrial in origin. The gentleman, who we’ll call “David” (who would prefer his identifying information kept private, for now), claims that his property has been the subject of almost nightly attacks by beings that he describes as “the size and stature of a small child, devoid of any facial features save for large, oily eyes and lipless mouths”.

David insists that these visits have been occurring regularly for the better part of nine months, increasing in intensity to the point where his dog was carried away by the creatures, and they began peering into his daughter’s window, frightening his children and prompting his family to flee the residence. He recalls the moment that he first glimpsed the beings in an email sent to the paranormal investigation group Ghost Hunters, Incorporated:

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.

David believes that the alien cave-dwellers are climbing out of an abandoned mine shaft located at the edge of his property, and has reached out to the paranormal investigation team for help.

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.

Well, dear reader, this is where you come in. Just last evening, David sent along some photographs that he believes are the creature’s footprints, and well, they’re definitely strange. We’re hoping that someone out there might have an idea on identifying them. Perhaps we could gain a cryptozoologist’s perspective? Maybe someone versed in extraterrestrial visitation has seen something similar? Anything is better than our first deduction of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

So, take a good look at the photo, share it with your friendly neighborhood monster hunter, and give us your feedback. Stay tuned for the rest of the photo set and a full report of our own deductions of the case, including our email correspondences and the striking similarities to the 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter that occurred in the same area. And maybe we’ll go blow up a mine.

Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Senior Editor at Who Forted
Documentary film-maker, professional monster chaser, and mystery monger, Greg is the senior editor for Who Forted? 'Zine. When he's not occupied by writing about the wide world of the weird, he's busy directing and editing documentary films like The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching or writing about offbeat travel for Roadtrippers. He's currently in production on his new project: an original documentary web series titled Planet Weird. He currently lives in Cincinnati.
Greg Newkirk
Greg Newkirk

58 Comments

  1. popscythe

    06/18/2012 at 12:40 AM

    Nah, it’s cool. I never needed to go back in the woods anyway.

  2. Funky_McJunk

    06/18/2012 at 12:52 AM

    The footprint isn’t real. A foot doesn’t stamp directly into the mud like that, a creature walking requires momentum and the foot moves in its footprint. That one looks like it was pressed directly down and removed by lifting it straight back up. I thought the guy said the creature hopped – wouldn’t there be a set of prints in that case?

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/18/2012 at 1:21 AM

      Sorry, I should have made this more clear: there are other photos that include a series of prints. I simply chose to post this one first because it’s the best close-up of the bunch. The other images certainly make it look like whatever made the tracks could be hopping, particularly because of the way they land. But hey, I’m not expert. That’s why I posted the image.

      I’ve made a note on the post as to not confuse any one else, and I’ll post the rest of the images along with a complete copy of the accompanying email correspondence very soon.

      • stemmo

        06/25/2012 at 2:26 AM

        Just a quick question,why didnt he set up cameras and catch them on camera,if it is a nightly occurence then there shouldnt be a problem and also people will be more inclined to believe the story,even if he could shoot one in the foot and capture it,,just seems a bit too much for us to believe him when the only proof is a muddy footprint

      • JON WAR

        11/14/2013 at 11:37 AM

        i have a couple of pictures i would like to share of some footprints i found while hunting in south texas. let me know and i will send you one. i have been hunting all my life and have never seen nothing like it. just found last friday while making my way back. we are headed back with cameras and camcorder and going to set up motion cameras to see what else we get. south texas alien hunters and reseachers of the paranormal.

        thank you
        jon war

        • anna

          03/20/2014 at 8:35 AM

          I’d like to see the picture, I live in dilley to and found odd prints no one can identify

    • Arcturus

      06/19/2012 at 7:04 AM

      I disagree. It looks like the heel was dragged from the rear of the footprint (as if in motion) and the “ball” of the foot behind the toes was “rolled” forward as you suggest… the toes are shallower than the rest.

  3. YelloStripe

    06/18/2012 at 12:54 AM

    Holy shit! That is def one weird footprint. Im going to cry if this turns out to be a hoax. Alien Cave Base Task Force FOREVER

  4. Flangus

    06/18/2012 at 12:56 AM

    FAKE!

    • PMoney

      06/18/2012 at 1:28 AM

      Who invited James Randi to the party?

      • Greg Newkirk

        06/18/2012 at 2:29 AM

        The modern skeptic’s manifesto: “If I can’t have fun, no one can.”

  5. John Zaffis Love Slave

    06/18/2012 at 1:27 AM

    Strange. The creases like almost reptilian. Looks like a giant lizard footprint. I’m curious to see the rest of the images. Hurry it up!

  6. Wineaux

    06/18/2012 at 6:31 AM

    Looks like pig tracks, from what I could find. Kentucky is full of wild pigs and pigs step in their own tracks, often modifying them. So it just looks like three toes. Behind the rounded bit looks like a mud sink from the pressure of the fatty pig, giving the illusion of a print larger than it actually is. Or it’s el chupacabra.

    • Brian Parsons

      06/20/2012 at 9:04 AM

      I was thinking the same thing; a two toed animal stepping in its own tracks. Problem is these tracks look nothing like the wild pig tracks I have seen or can reference. They also do not have the tell-tale signs of multiple tracks.

  7. Lee Munro

    06/18/2012 at 8:10 AM

    The most illuminating thing for me was when David says, ” ..I’m far too frightened to enter the mine by my lonesome…”

    Didn’t realise contemporary Americans actually talked like that, thought it was only characters in ’50′s westerns!

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/18/2012 at 8:18 AM

      I’d be inclined to agree with you, but then again, rural Kentucky isn’t a place I would particularly classify as “contemporary”… haha.

      • Marika

        06/20/2012 at 9:20 PM

        Native Kentuckian, here.

        Yes, there are people in Kentucky who still use outdated language and “hill talk.” That doesn’t mean those people are less intelligent than anyone else; it simply means that they “talk funny.”

        About the print…I have to say it looks a little too perfect to be real. The soil texture seems a little “off,” as well, as if it was prepared specifically to hold a footprint. Maybe I’m just a little too skeptical, but it looks staged.

  8. Bruce Priddy

    06/18/2012 at 12:45 PM

    I sent the photos provided in the story to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife; here’s hoping they can provide some insight. However, according to this site, fw.ky.gov/pdf/trackidguide.pdf, the tracks don’t appear to match any of the more common animals in Kentucky, at least to these untrained eyes.

    I live in Kentucky; I don’t suppose you could give us more of an idea where David lives?

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/18/2012 at 1:20 PM

      Great call! I’m working on writing up a full rundown of all the info we know, including the David’s location, our email correspondences, the rest of the images, theories from other cryptozoologis/sportsmen/skeptics/UFOlogists, and some strange coincidences (or not) about these supposed attacks and the history of the area. More very soon. Please keep us updated on the Dept. of Wildlife’s thoughts!

      • Bruce Priddy

        06/18/2012 at 10:56 PM

        The Dept of Fish and Wildlife responded, but need more information. I shot you an email.

  9. ChasingMidnight

    06/18/2012 at 10:10 PM

    To me, this looks like the outline of an Angel, you can clearly see it’s wings. I think you should concentrate on finding out who stomped it into the ground. I’m guessing it was Satan.

  10. Nate Shafer

    06/19/2012 at 12:48 PM

    If someone would take the time and make the effort, he will find an article published many years ago in Fate magazine that describes a man and his two daughters who were frightened into their house by a three toed creature. They had seen the humanoid standing a little way down the lane with a dead dog under its arm. The father and the two girls drew a picture of the creature and sent it to Fate magazine. Later on the Chief of Police made plaster casts of the a fotprints that were found after the creatur disappeared. I believe the site was rural Kentucky and that the animal smelled bad.

    What I found interesting, too, was a photo I found not long afterward. I found it in a book written by the Anerican astronomer, Gerald Hawkins, who, after writing about the astonomical significance of Stone Henge, went to South America to study the Nazca lines for signs of similar astronomical projections. In this he failed, but he did photograph two ceramic, Nazsa vases owned by two ladies who had invited him to dine. On one of the vases was a drawing of three three-toed creaturs dancing. The creatures were exact replicas of the three toed animal drawn years before by the father and his two daughters. The vases were rare, Hawkins said, because the locals had smashed all the Nazca vases in the area to drive up the price of the ceramics they had in their possession

  11. charlie

    06/19/2012 at 1:00 PM

    I call fake simply because everybody I know in “Rural Kentucky” has at least one large caliber firearm and some idea as to what a ginuwine alien skin would be worth in cash.

  12. Chad, chad moore

    06/19/2012 at 2:23 PM

    Hmmmm, I live in Kansas city but will drive to where ever to check out that mine. I’m experienced with mines…sorta and ain’t afraid of nothing

  13. Isis

    06/19/2012 at 6:18 PM

    The description sounds quite similar to the 1977 case of the Dover Demon:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dover_Demon

    The reports of the Dover Demon and this latest purported sighting of an unknown creatures share many similarities: small-statured bipedal humanoid creature described as about 3 to 4 feet tall; a face with large round eyes(1) and few other visible features; pale hairless skin; also John Baxter’s drawing of Dover Demon depicts a three toed creature(2).

    I think I’ll post this on Cryptomundo’s link to this article (http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/kentucky-footprint/) and see if I can get an opinion from Loren Coleman who interviewed Bartlett and some of the other original witness of the Dover Demon case.

    Sources

    1. http://books.google.com/books?id=szFLs6pQmsQC&pg=PA415&lpg=PA415&dq=dover+demon&source=bl&ots=4zIleO4IZR&sig=MaTMrwss-QyOTC3Ep7mmrdvEyO8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FCLhT_mpM5KA2AWv1eznCw&ved=0CEsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=dover%20demon&f=false

    2. http://www.cryptomundo.com/wp-content/DoverDemonBaxter1.jpg

    • Joann

      07/07/2012 at 2:08 PM

      The Kelly-Hopkinsville incident happened in Kelly Kentucky, in Western Kentucky. Those creatures reportedly left no footprints.

  14. Tim Whitcher

    06/19/2012 at 6:50 PM

    Looks like hog tracks. They do tend to step into their front foot track with their back foot. Examples:

    http://www.survivalboards.com/2009-06-20/hog-hunting-with-dogs/

    http://njadams1.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/feeling-lucky/img-20110713-00571/

    May even be “human-altered” hog tracks.

  15. mysterian

    06/19/2012 at 8:40 PM

    In the mid ’70 Foulke monster brouhaha the Texarkana Gazette published a very similar picture of a three toed print in a soybean field attributed to the Foulke monster.

  16. ChasingMidnight

    06/19/2012 at 10:14 PM

    Personally, I think the whole thing is just one big-hoax and that at some point someone is going to come forward and show how “clever” they are because they got-one-over on Whoforted? Grant Wilson has a lot of time on his hands these days; he was probably just bored of sitting around knitting Ghost Hunters T-Shirts.

    • Cooch

      06/19/2012 at 11:50 PM

      This person won’t feel so clever when the Alien Cave Base Task Force shows up at their house with 3 dozen people ready to kick alien ass. Or the ass of the person that lied to them.

  17. Brian Parsons

    06/20/2012 at 9:23 AM

    My response has been noted in the comments above. When I see three-toed tracks like this I instantly think of Fouke Monster, Momo the Monster, Dover Demon, and other Cryptids that has three toes. However, the two former sightings were of Bigfoot-like creatures, the latter a very similar alien-like creature was described.

    My other thoughts were of an animal stepping in its own tracks. Several have mentioned wild pig. We do not know the size of the print since there is no reliable reference in the photo, but pig tracks are a lot smaller than people think (even large boars). I have seen several instances of deer doing the same thing and have been lucky enough to see wild pig tracks here in Ohio, but while they do have the same general shape are a lot different in the required details to be pig tracks.

    Typically evidence such as this that attempts to support the sighting is circumstantial and has nothing to do with the actual sighting (same as a burned out light bulb supposedly caused by a ghost). These tracks are not natural and are more than likely fabricated. Odds are in the favor of this explanation, but of course there could be aliens loose in the woods.

  18. Ashley

    06/21/2012 at 12:21 AM

    Interesting story from this family and the picture looks familiar to me. I live in Arkansas and hear stories from my family members that go hunting around our parts about hearing weird noises and swearing they hear something walking around their camps, not the kind of sound deer’s make. But next morning they cant find a single footprint.

    I hats hearing other bloggers or reporters mentioning the only choice we have is to kill them or blow up there homes. I totally disagree! Leave them where they are. I still don’t get from the story what exactly the ET’s are doing to “terrorize” the family? I’m sure its creepy as hell catching one looking in your windows. But if ya’ll really do have problems with ET then set up video cameras or something and catch them in the act! Good luck! :)

  19. TheAnalyst

    06/21/2012 at 3:39 AM

    I have a pack of dogs, so if anyone or anything tried to carry one off they’d be immediately attacked by the others; but regardless, you try and take my dog and you’ll be treated as a deadly threat by me, I guarantee it.

  20. rpeternell

    06/21/2012 at 5:48 AM

    Well I see a thumbnail print where a thumb should be! The middle finger is two fingers, thtas why it is wider. A Hoaxxxxxxxx!

  21. Paul Gabbard

    06/21/2012 at 7:56 AM

    I am curious as to where this sighting took place, The article says eastern KY, but Kelly/Hopkinsville is in the west central part of KY south of Louisville. That is nowhere near eastern KY, so is this guy in Eastern Ky, or is he in Kelly? I am from Eastern Ky and if the Hopkinsville goblins ever saw the KY mountains they must have hitchhiked about 3-4 hours to do it.

  22. Scott McMan

    06/21/2012 at 8:31 AM

    9 months and not one photo or video of these creatures?

    Sorry, I don’t buy it.

    Scott McMan
    Ghostttheory.com

  23. PowerPC

    06/21/2012 at 6:31 PM

    Since James Randi was mentioned, I will use this opportunity to make a couple of comments about skeptics and particularly skeptics like Randi and Joe Nickell. Being a skeptic is the easiest job in the world..All one has to do in deny everything! The skeptics seem to disparage people who witness paranormal or cryptological entities. Their explanations are often much more ridiculous than the sightings. We all know the explanations commonly used such as the planet Venus, swamp gas, it was a bear….etc. They also completely reject eyewitness reports because they are so unreliable. It is amazing that a person can be imprisoned for life or given the death penalty relying almost solely on eyewitness testimony. However, it is not good enough for a know-it-all jackass. Ok, these footprints do not look like a “stamp”. There are some sliding in the rear and the toes do have some variation unlike a wooden stamp would have.

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/21/2012 at 6:42 PM

      Saying “bullshit” is far easier than having your world view radically changed. At the same time, there’s plenty to be said for thinking critically and employing Occam’s Razor. I’ve got plenty of hardcore skeptic friends who I love dearly, and I’ve even been accused of being a skeptic myself, but that frame of mine is, to me at least, very much “safe” and driven by groupthink. I like to believe in possibilities. But I’m also not a sucker.

      • PowerPC

        06/24/2012 at 3:56 PM

        There is nothing wrong with being skeptical about any story, photo or other supposed proof of paranormal or extraterestrial phenomenon. Being so open minded that your brains fall out is never a good thing. However, denying every single questionable event that has ever occured as a hallucination is just as crazy as being completely open minded.

    • kralnor

      06/22/2012 at 11:26 AM

      Just playing devil’s advocate here, but eyewitness testimony IS extremely unreliable, and the fact that it is sometimes used to convict people of crimes is more of an indictment on our legal system than proof that it should be taken more seriously. Convictions based on witness testimony alone are more and more rare, as it should be.

  24. jason vinson

    06/21/2012 at 6:35 PM

    Give me a chance to see it. In person and I’ll get the evidence you need to prove truth. If it is true why would anyone blow up the mine where they are. But sounds like Sci fi to me

  25. Brian

    06/22/2012 at 6:36 AM

    I grabbed the pic, and tossed it into photoshop to bring out some detail. First and foremost is the “ball” of the foot (or the actual lack thereof). Look at your own foot, where the big toe attaches to your foot. Notice that big honking mass of flesh and bone? In the pic, this spot is inverted- instead of the depression formed by what on our foot would be where the big toe is….. there’s a cup on the bottom of whatever this thing’s foot is. Second… I cannot agree with the “a pig stepped in it’s own tracks” theory. The toes are connected to the foot. there’s no mud overlap, no ‘messiness’ in the track. Brings up 2 other items of interest: the sharp “wall” on the one side of the track, and the bowl shape on the other, with what LOOKS (not is, looks) like the bottom skin of a gorilla’s foot. there are ridges in 2 of the three tracks that look like fingers- the joints and folds where the joints would be. The one by the non ball of the foot has 3 joints, the middle has 2, the last, one.

    It’s an awful lot of detail for a hoax.
    Using the leaf at the top of the pic, and guessing it could be the same size as a spinach leaf, I would say the print is shorter and maybe wider than a human foot.

    Just my 2 cents n a boring, cloudy day off.

  26. kralnor

    06/22/2012 at 11:19 AM

    Im curious why he and so many others assume things like this are automatically extraterrestrials. I could be wrong of course, but any creature capable of interstellar/dimensional travel would probably live a lot less like naked wild animals in a cave.

  27. Max

    06/23/2012 at 10:56 PM

    With a name like ‘Who Forted’ he expects to be taken seriously?

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/23/2012 at 11:08 PM

      HAHA, HEY GUYS! THIS GUY THINKS OUR NAME IS STUPID AND IMMATURE! HE FIGURED IT OUT!

      • ChasingMidnight

        06/24/2012 at 2:24 AM

        It is true that Whoforted ? could sound a bit like Whofarted ? If you misheard it. Much like when someone says “T.A.P.S family member” and it sounds a bit like the word douchebag.

        • Greg Newkirk

          06/24/2012 at 10:44 AM

          He probably contacted us because all of the websites with super serious names like Cryptomundo were too busy.

          I know Max is a pro at picking up on jokes, so I won’t bother mentioning that I was being sarcastic. I’m sure he’ll announce it to everyone anyway.

  28. Bart Nunnelly

    06/25/2012 at 2:45 PM

    Send name, location and contact info and we’ll all know the truth very soon.

    • Greg Newkirk

      06/25/2012 at 3:04 PM

      Ah, if only these things were ever that easy.

      • Bart Nunnelly

        07/04/2012 at 2:26 PM

        They are! All it takes is someone willing to go there and find out the truth. I could probably solve this one by phone.

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  31. Liz K

    08/11/2012 at 1:43 AM

    Hmm.. Those certainly don’t look like “pig tracks”..

    Anyway. Small child-size washed-out-looking-creatures that live underground, mess with & move stuff and come out at night, maybe looking for something to eat?! I’m surprised nobody’s yet mentioned, not just Deros – but Morlocks?!

    (The latter being a fictional creation of HG Wells, in his unforgettable novella, The Time Machine. And, to those that only watch movies, the *original* Morlocks were child-sized. As were the Eloi, their prettier above-ground counterparts – and prey.)

    Who says fiction can’t be reflected by real life?! Only the Morlocks had white hair/fur: these things are apparently hairless.

    Yes: be nice to get a picture! Putting up cameras might frighten them away, as well: seems to work with Bigfoot! :)

  32. Liz K

    08/11/2012 at 1:32 PM

    Great blog, btw (and I do LOVE the name! :) ) So what do you think, Greg? Could it be Morlocks? That’s what I thought of first:rather than HPL as on the bigger thread!

  33. Johnny Quest

    11/01/2012 at 8:16 AM

    Looks like someone used their “knee print” combined with artistic finger impressions to fake this.

  34. daniel

    07/30/2013 at 1:40 AM

    get mne into that cave!!! i wanna see!!

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