Case File: Valley Hill Lights
Location: Springfield, Kentucky
Description: Valley Hill is a community near Springfield, Kentucky. The phenomenon is described as random bursts of color to showers of golden flakes.
CaseEditHistory: Thousands of people have flocked to Valley Hill in Springfield, Kentucky, because of several visions of the Virgin Mary, along with random bursts of color and showers of golden flakes. The first person to have seen the visions was the owner of Valley Hill, Iona Wright, who claims to have seen several different visions. On the day Unsolved Mysteries arrived, several eyewitnesses claimed to have seen several things in the sky, including strange dots and visions. The most dramatic episode involved a Sunday School teacher and her eight students on April 6, 1995. One of the girls claimed to have seen some strange colors around the Sun, and soon the rest of the girls saw strange colors around the Sun and that it was pulsating. Soon, strange gold colors appeared on the girls, and their teacher took pictures of them, with one of the showing Angels around a girl, and another showed what they claimed was the Virgin Mary with a veil, and Jesus. Another girl named Sabrina Ballard claimed that a picture had the name of her deceased cousin, Kate Ballard, on it, on a tombstone. The mothers of two of the girls were, at first, skeptical, but they began having several visions, and soon became believers.
Many people who were first skeptical about the Valley Hill have since became believers after having visions. The Valley Hill, Kentucky visions have never been completely explained.
Background: Springfield, Kentucky, is located off of Route 55, about an hour's drive from Louisville, Kentucky. Iona Wright is the owner of the area in which Valley Hill is located.
Investigations: Dr. Joe Nickell is a paranormal investigator from the magazine known as "The Skeptical Inqurer." He investigated the photographs and claims that the cause of the pictures were due to cartridge leakage, and that most of the phenomenon is just mass hysteria.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the October 27, 1995 episode.