Erdington Contact Case - Beings, UFO Sightings, Orbs, Body Markings, Psychic Abilities, OOB

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report Author: Dave Hodrien Release Date: 24/04/2010


The contact phenomenon has many different angles to it. There are many traits and experiences that can point towards the possibility that contact is taking place. Some may only show a few signs. Yet in other cases, someone may have had a whole life-time of experiences, so many that contact is more of a certainty than just a possibility. I believe there is a large amount of evidence that points towards contact being both real and extraterrestrial in origin. You may well feel different. It is not my job here to convince you either way. But in this report I present a stunning case, with many incidents that lie outside the realms of normality. Most of these experiences are far from unique, and have been reported time and time again by people from all around the world, including other cases I have directly looked into.

Rachel is 42 years old and lives in Erdington, Birmingham. She is quite a spiritual person, and has always been interested in things of an other-worldly nature. This interest in the metaphysical has lead her to join the Hare Krishna faith. She regularly enjoys meditation and has been on a number of retreats to India for prayer and relaxation. Rachel is aware that for most of her life she has had experiences that defy natural explanation. For many years she denied these experiences were happening to her, and repressed the memories of particular events. However recently she has become more accepting of them. In doing so, she realised that many of her experiences had possible links with alien contact.

Rachel has not owned a television for many years, and until recently had not looked into the subject of UFOs and extraterrestrial contact at all. This means that what she has experienced has not been influenced by things she may have seen or read. When she started looking into the contact phenomena, she read Ann Andrews book Abducted. In this she found many links with her own experiences. Intrigued and spurred on by this, she decided to get in contact with Birmingham UFO Group. She did this to find out more about what was happening to her and what it could all mean. Checking on the BUFOG website, she came across my report on Becky, a contactee from Gloucester. Again she found many similarities between her own experiences and what Becky has experienced.

The Investigation

On 22nd March 2010 , I drove round to Rachel’s house to interview her. Over a number of hours she filled me in with the details of her many varied experiences, during which I got her to do a number of drawings which can be viewed throughout this report. I also went through a contactee questionnaire with her (modified from original from Mary Rodwell of ACERN). This covered many of the traits that contactees exhibit and experience. I was immediately impressed by how many of these traits Rachel could relate to. While I was there, some unusual activity actually took place (more on this later).

On Sunday 18th April 2010, I had Rachel regressed at her home. This regression went very well indeed, and brought forward details of another fascinating experience she had forgotten about. You can read the entire transcript of it towards the end of the report. Rachel also brought me up-to-date with the latest strange occurences that she had experienced.

Beams of Light

Rachel’s earliest memory of something unusual taking place is very brief. She remembers being in the playground of her infant school at a very young age, and seeing a number of faint beams of light coming down from the sky. The beams were coming down to the ground, not aimed directly at other children. This memory is very hazy, probably because of her age at the time, but she still feels that it took place.

Night-Time Journeys

When she was young, Rachel used to share a room with her sister at their house in Daventry where she spent her early years. She remembers on a number of occasions seeing figures moving around and seeing visions of an unusual place. These visions used to come to her in a dream-like state but she is certain that they were much more than just dreams, and usually occurred just as she was settled down in bed and relaxing. When these visions occurred she felt she was looking into another place, like looking through a window. She felt she was still in her room but at the same time in this different environment. She would usually be seated in a corridor of a clean clinical-type environment which reminded her of a laboratory or hospital. Of this corridor was a number of rooms with open doorways. There were normal looking people wearing white overalls, who looked busy, walking around and picking up things. She remembers that a man would often come up to her and ask if she was ok. Despite the people looking normal, she always had the feeling that this was another place on a craft or different planet, and that these individuals were not human. Rachel is sure that these memories did not come from a visit to a hospital that had taken place.

These visions continued into the early years of her adult life. She would still meet and talk with individuals, who felt to her like old friends. She would often see strange looking machines. One time she was talking to an older man who was trying to explain to her the things she could see around her. One machine in particular fascinated her. It was making what looked like a violet spiral of swirling light/energy above it in the air. She does not remember whether the man explained what this machine was or not. In recent years she has not experienced visions of this type, but has had many other experiences.

Recently she started reading the book “Psychic Warrior”, about a remote viewer who was trained and used by the armed forces. She was just reading the introduction when suddenly for some reason it triggered a seemingly unrelated memory from back at junior school. She remembered walking to school and feeling very happy because of the knowledge that her night-time life was amazing, and that she saw many unusual things. She wondered if the other children also had experiences like hers, and it made her feel important. Thinking back to this memory, Rachel felt sure that she often went to other places at night. It may have been that the book reminded her about her own remote viewing experiences.

It seems unlikely that these memories were nothing more than vivid dreams. I feel that they may well be a screen memory for contact experiences she has had. This is where the ETs mask the true appearance of themselves, and sometimes their surroundings. It is possible that the “clinical environment” she remembers was actually on board a ship, and the people who looked like scientists may have been extraterrestrial beings.

Another possibility to consider is that the beings Rachel saw really were human, and that she is remembering memories of what are known as MILAB’s (Military Abductions). These have been reported by many contactees. Sometimes both humans and aliens are seen, other times just humans. The humans seen often wear white lab coats, just as Rachel describes. MILABs suggest that the military may have an involvement with abductions, and actually assist with them in some cases. However these are usually quite traumatic and Rachel did not experience this.


As well as the visions of the clinical environment which would come to her at night, Rachel remembers often seeing owls in her bedroom. On more than one occasion she saw a white owls face close to her own staring right at her with dark piercing eyes. This would happen when she was lying down in bed and just about to drop off to sleep. For an unknown reason this felt very spooky and a little disturbing to her, but she did not know the reason why. Out of all the things she has experienced, the vision of the owl staring at her was the most frightening to her, and sometimes she was worried about falling off to sleep in case she saw it again.

Drawing of the owl face which haunted Rachel at night:

Owls are a common screen memory used by ETs, and are often reported by contactees. The unease associated with seeing them is also very common. They can appear in the form of other animals as well, such as cats, wolves or insects. They probably do this to make themselves appear less frightening, or alternatively it could be caused by the mind trying to interpret what it is looking at. The similarities between a white owl with dark eyes and a Grey being’s face are easy to see. It is quite possible that when Rachel saw this owl staring into her face she was actually undergoing contact. Perhaps a future regression will enable her to see the “owl” for what it really is.

On many occasions through her adult life, Rachel has seen owls and other birds of prey. She is aware that these are common in the UK and that many of these sightings could be just birds. However a few of the times she has felt there was something odd about the experience. She believes that some of these sightings may have been a contact, though with what exactly she cannot say.

Rachel really enjoys heading away from city life to the countryside. On one day out in Wales, she was out walking with a couple of friends from her faith, one of whom was a devotee (monk). She suddenly noticed a large bird sitting in the upper branches of a tree they were passing under. She pointed it out to her friends. The devotee could see the bird, but her other friend could not see it at all for some reason, no matter how many times she pointed it out. Contactees often experience ongoing observation by beings, which may explain this unusual experience.

On another occasion, she was away for a weekend break in Scotland. Rachel loves the remoteness of Scotland and has had a number of experiences there, so it is one of her favourite places to visit. She decided to climb up Ben Starav in Glen Etive on her own. She reached the summit, then began to retrace her steps. By the time she was back down it had got dark. She could make out her car in the distance, and started heading towards it. Suddenly a large snowy owl swooped down across the path and brushed against her head on its way past! It then flew ahead of her and landed on a bridge further down. When she reached the bridge a few minutes later it had gone.

In December 2009, Rachel was on her way to visit her brother in Coventry. She was just coming off the M6 motorway to get onto the Coventry Road. As she came down towards the roundabout, she suddenly noticed a large buzzard sitting on a railing. It felt very odd to her that it didn’t seem bothered at all by the traffic. As she turned onto the island and drove past the bird, she kept one eye on it, and felt that it was watching her as she drove past. The whole incident felt very abnormal to her.

The Blue Light

When she was 6 or 7 years old, Rachel had another experience which was frightening to her. She woke up in the middle of the night. It was pitch black in the room but in front of her she could see an intense blue coloured light. It remained there for a while and she stared at it wondering where it was coming from. In the end she dropped back off to sleep.

The following day she kept seeing flashes of the same light while walking round her house. It was bothering her but her parents were around and she tried to hide it from them. In the end she went up to her room. Her mum came up and asked if she was ok, and she told her she wasn’t feeling well. Rachel has no idea what the blue light was, but got a strong feeling she was being shown it for some reason.

This incident suggests that an encounter took place, memories of which could possibly have been repressed.

First Body Marking

In 1975/76 when Rachel was between the age of 8-9, she remembers a red triangular shaped marking that appeared on her skin. She awoke one morning to find the marking on the front of her right shoulder. She stared at the marking for ages and was fascinated by it. It was not filled in, but was three thick lines in a symmetrical triangle. It looked red in colour like a burn mark, and it also caused an itching sensation. She doesn’t remember how long it was visible on her for but certainly vanished without trace. This was not to be the only time which Rachel would find strange markings on her body.

Drawing of the triangular marking:

Markings such as this are a telling sign that contact is probably taking place. They are usually related to abduction-type experiences, where the individual is taken aboard a craft and where medical-like instruments are used to examine them and take samples. Memories of these experiences are usually blocked out, so it is no surprise that Rachel does not conciously remember the cause of the marking.

Vibrations, Noises and the Disc-Shaped Craft

In late 1989, when Rachel was in her early 20s, she moved into a two bedroom terraced house on Crosbie Road, Coventry, with her boyfriend Dave. It was here that more unusual activity began to take place, activity that certainly suggests that her contact experiences were continuing.

Aerial map of Crosbie Road:

On a number of occasions in the night, Rachel used to wake up feeling very energetic. She would then see vibrations actually pass across her bedroom in waves. Sometimes these vibrations were so strong she could actually feel them in her chest. Dave never woke up during these experiences. The vibrations would happen intermittently for a number of minutes, after which she would go back off to sleep.

Rachel would also hear an unusual clicking noise behind her head to the right. Sometimes it would happen only once, other times more than once. It used to creep her out as she could never determine a cause for the noises. It would happen in the daytime as well as when she was lying in bed.

One night she awoke to see the familiar vibrations of energy flowing across the room. But this time there was something more. Her bedroom had a main window and a smaller side window, which overlooked the road. They had some old fashioned yellow curtains hanging in them. From behind the curtains she could see what appeared to be bright white light coming in from outside. She thought to herself “What the hell is that? It can’t be car as we are on the first floor!” She tried to wake Dave to show him, but for some reason he would not wake up. She was intrigued by the light so got out of bed, walked over to the window and peeked through the curtains.

She was immediately greeted by an incredible sight. There floating in the air over the street, level with the bedroom window, was a disc-shaped craft. It looked like two plates put together. Around the centre was a darker band, along which she could see pulsing white lights. As well as going around this strip, Rachel said the lights were also doing something else strange, hard to describe, like they were passing through the body of the craft to the other side. The main body of the craft was smooth and a light colour, though because it was glowing she did not know the exact colour it was. She could not make out any windows. The craft was at least the size of a double decker bus and was hovering silently and motionless. Crosby Road is quite narrow, and there are many telegraph wires. Rachel was amazed that it had managed to fit down between the housing without hitting anything.

Drawing of the disc-shaped craft:

Rachel shut the curtain and turned to look back at Dave, who was still asleep. When she did she could actually feel a change in energy. She moved to the side of the window against the wall, almost hiding from the craft. She then lifted the edge of the curtain and peeked out a second time. The craft was still there but had begun moving along the street on a straight course. Realising it was going to depart, she again loudly called Dave but he wouldn’t wake. She kept looking between him and the craft until it had disappeared from view.

She went back over to the bed and shook Dave quite heavily, trying to wake him up to tell him about what she’d just witnessed. But no matter how hard she tried he wouldn’t wake up. Rachel didn’t want to go back to bed, as otherwise she may dismiss the incident as just a dream, so she stayed up for the rest of the night, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. As it got light she went back upstairs and sat next to Dave until he woke up naturally. In doing this, it confirmed for her that the incident was real and had taken place. She told him about what she had seen but he wouldn’t believe her and said “What are you on about? You’re whack you are!” She took the next few days off work, during which she felt unusually tired, and thought about what had taken place a lot.

After this incident, she still heard the clicking sound, but it was much less frequent. Looking back at the incident, Rachel feels that they may have been trying to get her attention, but once she’d seen the craft there was less of a need to do so anymore. She also feels that she had seen the white light on other occasions too but had not checked to see what was causing it. She cannot remember whether these other events happened before or after the sighting of the craft.

This incident has many classic signs of contact, and it is possible that it occurred just prior to, or more likely just after, a contact experience. Obviously the sighting of the craft was very impressive and for myself confirms that there was extraterrestrial involvement. But the vibrations and clicking noises, and the way that she could not wake her boyfriend at the time, have also been reported many times by contactees. It is both mine and many other contact researchers’ belief that the ETs have a way of “shutting down” individuals, and may well be using some form of time or dimensional distortion. The fact that Rachel remained awake after the experience also proves that it took place and was not just a dream.

Multi-Coloured Orbs

Ever since her 20s, Rachel has enjoyed going camping in both Scotland and Europe. She loves being away from the city and she is also very fond of staring up at the night sky. She particularly likes Scotland, it has always been a spiritual home for her where she feels at ease.

In the early 1990’s, she went on a camping trip with her then boyfriend Steve, and two friends Lee and Ann. They had booked in at one of their favourite campsites on the East coast of the Isle of Skye - Torvaig Campsite at Portree. They liked this particular campsite as it was close enough to the town to easily walk between the two.

They had been in town having a couple of drinks at a pub, and returned to the campsite. Their tents were pitched near the top of the field. It was May/June, and the weather was very clear, so Rachel decided to stay outside a while. She lay down on the grass and looked up at the stars, while Steve went to sleep in the tent.

It got to about 1am and she needed to go to the toilet. The toilet block was down at the lower end of the field. She got up and started walking down to it. As she got near, she suddenly noticed something which made her abruptly stop. Next to a portacabin she saw what looked like a number of glowing orbs of energy in the air. They were about the size of footballs. One was a reddish-pink colour, one blue-green, and one yellow-white. The reddish-pink one remained the same colour, but the other two were slowly changing in colour. The orbs were floating slowly around each other and appeared to be pulsating.

Drawing of the orbs in front of the hedge and next to the portacabin:

Suddenly there was a bright flash of energy which surrounded all three of the orbs. Then the blue-green and yellow-white ones appeared to fade away, while the reddish-pink one moved up and over the top of a hedge and down behind it out of sight. Rachel continued to watch, and felt that the remaining orb was still there hidden behind the hedge. She felt too nervous to get any closer, so gave up on the idea of using the toilet, and walked back up to the tent. She was curious to see if the reddish-pink orb would reappear so she sat down outside the tent and watched.

About half an hour went by and nothing else had taken place. In the end she plucked up courage, walked back down the field and took a look behind the hedge, but there was nothing there. This put her at ease and she went back to the tent and fell asleep. In the morning she told the others about what she had seen.

Over time Rachel forgot this incident had occurred at all. However when she contacted me to arrange our initial meeting, she was trying to think of all the things that had happened to her over the years, and it came back to her. The orbs that she saw are another sign that she was possibly being monitored/observed at the time.

A Possible Abduction

Between 1992-95, Rachel had another experience while camping in Scotland with Steve. She is not sure whether it was a real event or not - she feels it was perhaps a lucid dream of some kind. However taking all her other experiences into account, there is certainly a possibility that this incident actually took place.

In the middle of the night she woke up in the tent. It was quite cold and still very dark. She then became aware of a growing light coming from outside of the tent. She initially thought it was a car driving round the campsite with the headlights on. It seemed bizarre to her that someone would be doing this at such a time of night. The light continued to get brighter. She then heard what sounded like the whirring of a helicopter, but the tent was not blowing at all. Then a man’s voice spoke to her, asking her to step outside.

Rachel looked at Steve but he was asleep. She decided not to wake him. Peeping out of the tent she saw two men standing outside wearing dark clothing. She felt they looked uniformed like police or military and appeared to be wearing plain black trousers and bomber jackets. Their features were obscured by a bright white light coming from behind them. She doesn’t know why she did this, but Rachel then got out of the tent. One of the two men started checking her up and down. Looking to her right she saw another young man who was looking around bewildered. He appeared to not know what was going on. She asked him what the two men were doing and he just shrugged.

Suddenly a white beam of light came down from the sky onto the other man. He then started drifting up into the air in the light! He was moving his arms and legs around and looked amazed at what was happening to him. Then she herself was suddenly flooded in bright white light, and everything else around disappeared. Next thing she knew she found herself in what appeared to be a holding room of some kind. The walls were a dull metallic colour and there were no objects in the room at all. She could see a number of doors in the walls. The room was dimly lit, but she could not see the source of the light. The other man was nowhere to be seen. She was sitting on a seat which was jutting out of one of the walls. She felt a crushing pressure inside her whole body, like she was being transported somewhere.

She then found herself in a different room. She remembers lying down on a bed of some kind, with a blanket pulled up around her. Her surroundings were very clinical looking, similar to the places she had seen in her visions when younger. There were a number of human-looking people walking around.

Rachel does not remember what happened next, or anything else about the incident. She wonders whether it was real or not, and whether she was experiencing it for herself or seeing through the eyes of the man who got taken up in the beam of light. She does not remember whether she spoke to Steve about the incident or not. She does remember him panicking about something which had taken place, as if he had seen something or got a glimpse of what was happening to her, but she doesn’t know whether it was related to this experience or something else.

Rachel could well have been taken on board a craft during this experience. It has many signs linking it with a “classic” abduction scenario. It is possible that the white light was coming from a landed craft, and that the two mysterious men were actually alien beings using a screen memory to mask their true appearance. Again Rachel saw a clinical environment with humans walking around working on things, just as she had when she was young on numerous occasions. This may not necessarily be what her surroundings really looked like; it could possibly be a screen memory of the interior of a craft. If this is the case, then it shows that she has been taken numerous times since her childhood.

Visions in Her Hands

In the mid-1990s, Rachel was invited on a hen weekend to a forest holiday park in the Lake District (which is now Centre Parcs). They were due to spend the weekend in a log cabin. Rachel really likes the forest, but didn’t know what to expect as she had never been away with just girls before. There were eight in total, herself, three others from Birmingham, and four work friends of the bride-to-be.

Over the weekend Rachel shared a room with her friend Karen. One of the nights she lay awake in bed. She wasn’t tired and wished the evening had gone on for longer. She heard Karen roll over and fall off to sleep. Finally she managed to drop off after a long while.

In the middle of the night she woke back up, feeling very energetic like she had drank lots of coffee. She opened her eyes and looked around the darkened room. Her mobile phone was on the floor next to the bed by her clothes. On the top of it was a green LED. She could see the glow coming from this light, and thought to herself “That seems really bright”. It was bugging her, so in the end she got out of bed and put the phone across the other side of the room. She got back into bed but kept staring at it.

Suddenly the light from the LED seemed to grow in brightness. It got bigger and bigger until it was lighting up a small area of the floor. She began to get very spooked out by what was happening, but then remembered that Karen was in the same room and this helped her feel safe. She then heard a male voice speak to her. The voice seemed to come from inside her mind rather than from the room itself. It asked her to sit with her feet overhanging the side of the bed. Rachel wondered if she was really hearing the voice. She tried ignoring it, thinking it must be her imagination. The voice spoke up again “Please, I know you can hear me”. It continued in this manner and in the end she decided to go along with what it was asking her to do. She sat on the edge of the bed. Then the voice said “Put your hands together on your knees and turn them over”.

When Rachel did as she was asked, a moving vision appeared in the palms of her hands, like staring at video footage. The first thing she saw was an old looking village. There was an elderly man with his back turned to her, walking along a road through this village. The man turned to look towards her, then continued walking away until he had vanished into the distance.

Next she started to see flowers in a field, then butterflies. She saw a single butterfly flying away from her, and her view followed behind it. As it flew, the surroundings went from bright sunlight to darkness. Eventually it was flying over a muddy brown field. In the distance she could see bright flashes of light, and she started to feel very cold. The butterfly began to descend and she saw what looked like long lines carved into the ground. As she got closer she could see these were trenches, and she realised she was in World War One. The butterfly flew down into one of the trenches, heading past many soldiers who were chatting and smoking.

This is where the second vision ended. Rachel knows that she was shown something else but cannot remember what. At the same time as watching these visions she got a sense that something was outside the log cabin in the forest. She could feel energy in the room coming from whatever it was. Rachel had no idea how long the situation went on for, but it felt very real to her at the time, and was completely conscious of the incident when she woke up in the morning. She also felt very tired the next day, which proved to her that she must have been awake for part of the night. She feels that she was shown the visions for some reason, but currently has no idea what this could be. She is not particularly interested in World War One so does not feel that it was just a dream. The fact that she had a strong recall of the entire event also suggests it actually took place.

Black Triangles

Easter 1997, around the time her dad passed away, Rachel went on holiday by herself to the campsite on the Isle of Skye where she had seen the orbs. Steve had gone to Ireland with friends, but she felt like she needed to get away from things and relax. She camped almost at the same spot as before, up the top of the field. She remembered seeing the orbs and wondered if something else was going to happen.

It was her first night on the campsite. At an unknown time she woke up with a strong feeling of dread. It was very dark and absolutely silent. She had a vision in her mind of a large black triangular craft in the sky. It had no lights on it at all but was huge and blocked out the stars. It was hovering above a nearby mountain that could be seen from the campsite. One of the corners of the craft was hidden behind the summit of the mountain. Despite not seeing it with her own eyes, she felt certain that the object was there. It felt very menacing, especially as she was on her own and felt vulnerable. She covered her head with her sleeping bag and in the end managed to drop back off to sleep. In the morning she remembered the experience. She was still freaked out by what she had felt, and decided to pack up her bags and head home.

Drawing of the black triangular craft over the mountain:

Several weeks before we met for the first time, in early March 2010, another incident similar to this one came back to Rachel. She had gone to visit friends in Aberystwyth, and left for home at 9.30pm. She was driving along the road, and it was very quiet. She thought about how anything could happen while she was out there on her own. Then the memories of an incident from 1996 came back to her, and she began to experience the emotions she had felt.

She and Steve had been out on a day trip to Wales. Steve used to own a Citroen with a detachable roof. They were driving home with the roof down, and heading towards Shrewsbury. It was quiet and there were hardly any other cars on the road. As it got dark, Steve began to put the roof back up, but Rachel stopped him. She asked if they could continue driving with the roof down. It was clear weather, and this would enable her to look up at the stars on their journey. Steve was worried about getting cold, but Rachel said if it did then they would stop at Shrewsbury and put the roof up. He agreed to this and they continued their drive.

As they were driving along the road, Rachel suddenly began to feel that they were being followed. She informed Steve, who just laughed at the possibility, as there was no-one else around. She had a vision in her mind of a black triangular craft quite far behind them and up in the clouds. She looked back but couldn’t see anything. However this feeling stayed with her and she felt very uneasy. After a while Steve put the radio on. This distracted her and the feeling went away.

Rachel feels that there may have been other times where she saw this black triangle, but these two stand out the most. What is fascinating about these experiences is that until recently Rachel did not know much about the UFO subject, and had no idea that black triangles are a widely reported craft type. This makes them all the more believable.

The Mystery Man

In the late 1990s, Rachel and Steve used to own a Citroen camper van, so would sometimes go away for the weekend and camp by the side of the road while on their travels.

They were up in Scotland for the weekend. It was the middle of a bright sunny day when they came across a suitable location to camp until the following morning. They pulled over into a lay-by and got out to have a look around. By the side of the road was a ravine with a stream at the bottom. There was a nice area of grass on the slope leading down to the stream, and trees either side. It was a bright sunny day and very quiet and peaceful.

Steve walked right down the slope to take a look at the stream. Rachel sat half way down the slope on the grass to soak up the sun. She closed her eyes and breathed in the fresh countryside air. As she sat in the warmth, she heard another vehicle pull into the lay-by. She thought to herself “Oh no! It’s going to be a family with kids and cause a lot of noise”. However when she looked up the slope she saw a car with a male driver. She turned back but was aware that the man had got out of the car.

Suddenly the man called down to her, saying “Scuse me! Scuse me!” Rachel didn’t want to have to deal with the man, so she called down to Steve. But when she looked down the slope to the stream, he appeared to have wandered off. Again the man called for her. In the end she got up and walked up the slope to meet him and find out what he wanted. The man was about 45-50 years old, and was wearing T-Shirt and trousers. Initially he appeared to look like an American tourist. She asked him “Can I help you?” At this point the man walked over to his car (a beige coloured Peugeot Estate), reached in through the door and appeared to be rummaging around in the glove compartment for something. He took out an object and put it in his pocket, before walking back over to Rachel. She found this a little odd, but then started chatting casually with the man, telling him about where her and Steve had been to. She realised that he was not American, and instead had a Yorkshire accent.

As she was talking she realised the man appeared more interested in the object in his pocket than in what she was saying. He then took out the object. It looked like a beige/grey coloured rectangular electronic gadget with a red/orange coloured LED light on one end. Rachel assumed at first it was a camera flash, but could not see any flash window on it. Suddenly without warning he forcefully put the object onto Rachel’s side, neither gently or fast enough to hurt. She exclaimed “What are you doing?!” The man said “Oh shit, it’s not working!” Rachel wondered if the man was wrong in the head. While she watched with a puzzled expression, the man walked back over to his car. She called out loudly for Steve but he didn’t seem to be able to hear her. She started shouting after the man, asking what he had just done. As she did, he got back into the car and drove off without saying a word. The whole incident was extremely bizarre and Rachel didn’t know what to make of what had just happened.

Drawing of the electronic device in the man’s hand:

She saw Steve down by the stream, so walked down and spoke with him, explaining what had just happened. Steve did not have a clue what she was on about. He had not heard the car, and had not heard Rachel shouting for him, even though he was not very far away. It was a quiet day and Rachel is certain that he was within earshot. Steve just brushed off the incident and reacted quite coldly to it. Rachel couldn’t understand why he was acting in such a manner, and it caused a bit of friction between them. She went back over to the grass and sat down with a cigarette.

Because of the strange circumstances surrounding the incident, Rachel wonders whether it actually took place. However it is unlikely she dreamed the whole incident up, as directly after it had taken place she walked straight down the slope to talk with Steve, there was no transition where a dream could have ended and real life begun. Rachel cannot understand how he could not have heard her calling him; it was as if the incident happened in an alternative dimension. But perhaps Steve really had wandered off along the stream, too far to hear her. Perhaps the mysterious man was just odd and had built some kind of device which he believed would do something to Rachel, which of course could have quite disturbing overtones to it. Or perhaps this experience really was something else to do with her contact experiences. Many contactees and UFO witnesses over the years have reported visitations by the infamous Men In Black. The fact that the man Rachel saw was not wearing black is regardless; there is the possibility that this incident was an experience of this type.

Heightened Activity

Rachel and Steve shared a house on Sherlock Road in Coventry for quite a few years. Steve wanted to move to New Zealand, but Rachel wasn’t interested in the idea. In April 2001 Steve decided to leave, and broke up with Rachel. Before this point Rachel had experienced unusual things but not paid much attention to them, however once Steve had left and she was alone in the house she became much more aware of things that were out of the ordinary. Whether triggered by the situation or not, many bizarre occurrences took place.

Aerial map of Sherlock Road:


For several months before Steve left, he and Rachel slept in separate rooms. While Rachel was just getting used to this she experienced a very un-nerving incident. She had dropped off to sleep and was having an unusual dream (she cannot remember the exact details of the dream). Suddenly she awoke face down, and found she could not move. It felt like something was holding her down and pushing her head into the pillow. She felt like she was being suffocated and could barely breathe.

Rachel shouted out for Steve but found that no words were coming out. She struggled against what was happening, and finally managed to shout out loud. When she did this the feeling completely went away. Despite her call, Steve did not wake up. Rachel openly admits that this experience could have been sleep paralysis caused by the anxiety she was going under at the time, and may not have been anything to do with ET contact, but considering all her other experiences, and the fact that paralysis often occurs during contact, this incident is still interesting.

Mind Scanning

In the months after Steve left, on occasion Rachel would experience a sudden loud buzzing sound in her head. It would sometimes take place when she was lying in bed and almost dropping off to sleep. At other times it would occur during the night and she would wake up. She would actually feel it moving through her head from one side to the other, and sometimes back the other way. The effect would always be the same, no matter which way she was lying. Before the noise occurred, Rachel would become very alert that something was about to happen, and then she would hear it.

It began happening quite regularly, every few days. During the experiences, she would not be paralyzed but would often feel a sense of dread and would lie very still with fear, pulling the duvet up around her. Sometimes she would see indistinct figures or shadowy shapes moving in her room.

Mary Rodwell informed me that these experiences are commonly reported, and usually occur before contact takes place.

Rachel would sometimes go and visit a clairvoyant. She believed she was genuine and she would tell her lots of things she couldn’t possibly have known. Rachel visited her around the time the buzzing noises were taking place. She was quite distressed at the time because of what was going on, and this would have certainly been visible to the clairvoyant. However, without telling her anything about what was taking place, the clairvoyant said to her “They’re bombarding you with everything aren’t they? They’re making that connection. But what they can’t understand is that you’re only so tolerant, and it’s up to you to control it. If you tell them and not allow them to do it then they won’t, and they’ll be a bit more easy going on you”. Rachel was astounded by what the clairvoyant had said. She has transcribed some of her readings, and is going to look for the transcript to include in this report.

The final time the buzzing happened was a much more intense experience than others had been. Rachel was in bed and had her eyes closed at the time. Suddenly it began, and was much louder than it would usually be. It was also accompanied by white light inside her mind. Rachel was terrified; she explained to me that it felt like she was being fried. It felt like it may damage her in some way, like she was getting an electric shock or being “plugged in”. It got too much for her and she shouted out loud “Enough! I’m not having this anymore! Stop doing it, it’s really freaking me out!” The sound and light immediately ceased. Ever since, she has never experienced it again, it was like they had listened to her and agreed to her request.

The Second Marking

Around the same time as she was experiencing the buzzing noises, Rachel found another unexplained marking on her body. She woke up one morning with the distinct feeling that she had been somewhere. She felt dazed and a little like she was sunburnt. When she tried to think back to where she had been in the night, she could only see glowing white light.

Rachel sat up in bed and decided to go and take a shower. While she was in the shower, she suddenly noticed something on her arm. She saw four circular red dots in a precise line on the inner side of her left forearm. They almost looked like burn markings. The circles were quite small and were flat on her skin. It looked like some kind of probe had been put on her. She touched the markings and felt a sharp sting of pain. After finishing her shower, she continued looking at the strange marking on her arm. Touching it again, she found that there was no longer any pain at all. She knew that the marking would continue to bother her, so she put on a long sleeve top so it would be out of sight.

Drawing of the marking on her arm:

At several points through the day she looked and found it was still visible. However when she checked it in the afternoon she could see that a couple of the circles had started to fade. By evening time the marking had completely vanished. She has never seen a similar marking on herself since. Rachel is certain that the markings were not insect bites, as she is quite allergic to them, and they would have made the area visibly swell for a number of days.

Markings like the one’s that Rachel has experienced are common with contact experiences, and provide physical evidence that something very real has taken place. Just as she describes, these markings usually (though not always) fade and vanish within a number of hours.


On a number of occasions, Rachel would experience visions of events or of coloured lights. These visions felt to her like she was looking at someone else’s experiences rather than her own, they always looked quite distant away from her like they were detached in some way. They would occur either when she was relaxing in the day, or at night-time when lying in bed.

On one occasion, Rachel woke up in the middle of the night and saw what looked like a glowing green light at the end of the bed. She felt like she was in a dream-like state, and was not aware of any reason why she was being shown this light. It felt like she was seeing it somewhere else rather than it actually being in her bedroom.

At another time she saw blue flashes of light. She lay awake in bed watching them appear. They appeared intermittently for several minutes. They appeared to be energy of some kind rather than actual light. She was certain that they were not coming in from outside of the window.

One of the things she saw, which appeared to be the experience of someone other than herself, was quite disturbing. She saw an unknown woman lying on a bed, with some sort of grey coloured energy form on top of her having sex with her. As with her other visions, it appeared to be in the distance, and she was not able to clearly see the features of the lady, but was sure it was not herself that she was looking at. Understandably, this particular vision felt quite un-nerving.

This has links with another contactee case I have looked into - the lady named Becky from Gloucester (see 2010 Sightings section). She described events where an unknown figure would come into her room, climb on top of her and have sex before departing. Rachel did start reading the report of this case, and wonders if she had a vision of one of these incidents. However this experience has been reported by other contactees too, and is believed to be linked to particular ET species, so she may not have been necessarily seeing Becky, it could have been someone else entirely. There is even the possibility that it was actually herself, and that she was disassociating the experience by making the woman look different and viewing it from a distance.

Precognitive Ability

As is common with contactees, Rachel believes that she has heightened senses and that she is precognitive to a degree. She cannot remember many specific things she has said which have then taken place, but she says that it occurs regularly with random thoughts and statements. For example she will be talking with a friend and say something to them without realising it, and then a few days later her friend will come back to her and tell her that it has actually happened. Over recent years this ability has become more apparent to her, earlier in her life she chose to ignore it or just put things down to coincidence.

BUFOG Premonition

In 2001 Rachel had a very unusual dream. She found herself inside a massive open building. Along the walls were many strange looking landed craft. They were huge and rectangular shaped and covered in windows. She met her father (who had died back in 1997). She started talking with him and he told her he was working on the craft she could see and that he was very happy. When the dream ended, she suddenly got an unknown word in her mind – this word was “bufog”. She wondered what the word meant and even wrote it on a piece of paper and showed it to a number of her friends, asking them what they thought it meant.

Of course back then they could find no meaning for the word at all. But soon after getting in contact with the Birmingham UFO Group for the first time she was amazed to see the shortened name we often go by, BUFOG. It seems incredible to me, but both myself and Rachel believe that she may have had a premonition about our group, many years before the group even existed! Rachel feels that this was for a reason, perhaps because through speaking with me and the investigation, including possible regressions which haven’t even taken place yet, she would gain more of an understanding of what is happening to her and this knowledge would make a big impact on her life.

Mary informed me that departed souls are sometimes seen during contact experiences aboard craft, which suggests that some of these advanced intelligences work on a similar dimension/level of existence. Perhaps through Rachel’s dream, her father was trying to guide and help her.

Distortion of Time

While still living in Coventry, Rachel experienced events where her view of time was distorted. This included a number of occasions where she appeared to have missing time she could not account for. One time she appeared to miss several days of her life without knowing they had passed. She only found out about this when she went round to see her friend. She wouldn’t believe several days had gone by until her friend showed her the current date on a calendar. It seems very unlikely that she would have fallen asleep for a few days, so Rachel currently has no explanation for what took place.

On another occasion, Rachel woke up without remembering going to sleep. Because of all the strange things that were occurring, she had taken a few weeks off work to deal with what was going on. She was sitting on her sofa, and then the next thing she knew it was night-time. It felt bizarre to her as she had not been relaxing with the intention of sleeping.

Missing time is a common occurrence with contact experiences. The ETs have a way of blocking out memories; I suspect this is probably done to reduce the emotional impact on the individuals involved. It is unknown if any of Rachel’s missing time events were down to contact, the only event she can remember in detail is the one described above, and there were no other signs with this which would suggest contact had taken place. However, Rachel does feel that some of her memories have been repressed. She cannot link this to any event in particular, it is just a general belief that she holds.

The Walk In

Around the same time as when she woke up without realising she’d gone to sleep, Rachel also experienced something much more unusual. She was sitting at one end of the sofa in her lounge. Suddenly she felt she was being asked to move to the back of her own body. She finds this very hard to explain but it was like something asked her inner self to step back and allow another spirit/soul into her body. She was still conscious during this, but could see her arms moving without her asking them to. She tried to speak, and a male voice came out. This situation was quite disturbing for her, and she tried struggling against it. In the end she felt something leave her and that she was back in control of her own body.

Rachel has no idea why this occurred at this time. She had not asked for anything like this to take place. However experiences such as this, where an entity comes into the physical body for an amount of time, are common with certain psi abilities.

White Shapes

In late 2001 just before she sold the house in Coventry and moved back to Birmingham, Rachel experienced something which felt very frightening at the time. One night she was lying in bed finding it hard to get to sleep. She opened her eyes and stared round the darkened room. On the wall to the right of the light switch she saw a strange shape made out of white light. It looked like two crossed sabres without handles.

Drawing of the white shape next to the light switch:

She lay there staring at it for quite a while. She then got out of bed and went right up to it and tried to block out the light by standing at different positions around it, but it remained on the wall. She could see no source which could be responsible for the shape. She got back into bed and continued to look at it, and after a while longer it seemed to fade away.

Rachel then noticed a circle of white light on the ceiling by the bay window. It appeared to be made from swirling energy which she could see slowly moving and changing.

Drawing of the circle of light/energy in relation to the window and bed:

For an unknown reason it felt disturbing to her. She pulled the duvet up over her head and rolled over so she could no longer see it. After a while she fell asleep. Later in the night she woke back up again and looked over, and the white circle of energy was still there. This frightened her even more. She wanted to get up and leave the room but felt too scared to even get out of bed. After staring at it for a while longer, she eventually managed to drop back off to sleep.

The next time she awoke, it was daylight and she was very relieved that the morning had finally come. She found that she was covered in a cold sweat caused by the fear of events through the night. She had no idea why this particular incident had been so disturbing for her, for some reason the sight of the white shapes on her wall and ceiling was extremely unpleasant. Possibly something else took place on that night that she is not currently aware of.

Seeing Through Another’s Eyes

In 2006 Rachel had moved back to Birmingham and was living in a house in Bartley Green. There was a nearby Hare Krishna temple which she used to regularly visit. One day she was standing on the street outside the temple entrance with two other devotees. Suddenly her vision started to go cloudy and fade to black. She felt that she was going somewhere else and asked one of the others present to hold her hand.

She began to experience a vision which appeared to be through someone else’s eyes. She found herself in a descending elevator. Looking to her right she saw an American fireman. He looked absolutely terrified. The lift came to a halt and the doors opened. Heavy clouds of dust immediately filled the elevator. She began moving through this thick grey dust and could make out people all around panicking. Some were cowering behind things, others on their knees praying. It dawned on her that she was experiencing a vision of 9/11! This was very un-nerving and she spoke out loud, asking the others to bring her back. They comforted her and held her hand, saying “It’s ok, you’re here, you’re in Moseley”. She was brought back from the vision and found herself back on the street. The whole experience was very emotional and she began to cry. She felt like she had experienced the vision for at least five minutes, but she found out that to the other devotees this had passed by almost instantly.

Rachel says there have been several other occasions where similar things have happened, but this is the main one which comes to mind and which she can clearly remember. This type of experience is similar to remote viewing. Mary says she has heard of similar experiences off some of the peole she has worked with.

The Being

While living at Bartley Green, Rachel used to work at Eaton Automotive in Brierley Hill, Halesowen. Sometimes she would do evening shift work. The buildings had a strange layout which reminded Rachel of army barracks.

One evening in 2006 she needed to use the toilet. The toilets were in a separate block away from the other buildings. This block felt very lonely as it was so quiet and remote. Outside of the toilet cubicles in the corridor was a white tiled wall. She was just about to leave the cubicles when she had a sudden vision of a humanoid entity. It only lasted for a split second, it was as if she’d experienced a glimpse into another dimension for the briefest of moments. The being was about 7 foot tall. It had dark coloured skin, but Rachel cannot remember the exact colour. It had a slender frame, with long arms and legs, and its fingers were also very long and thin. Its cranium was a bit larger than normal human proportions. Rachel believes its eyes were black but were not massively oversized like the drawings of Grey beings that she has seen. The being appeared to be unclothed. It was looking directly at her, and appeared to be leaning out from behind something - either a corner in the corridor or actually coming from a slit in the wall itself, like some sort of portal.

Drawing of the tall being:

When she saw the being she was more intrigued by the vision than scared. Looking back at the incident, Rachel feels that it was an extraterrestrial, and that they were just making their presence known to her. The toilet block was very clinical looking, with its white tiled walls, and she wonders if this perhaps triggered a memory from one of her other experiences where she visited clinical looking environments when younger (see earlier). However this was not the only time she would get to see this being.

Sibling Awareness

On a number of occasions through her life, Rachel has gone of Hare Krishna pilgrimages to India. These pilgrimages usually take place in late October/early November. During them, she stays with monks at various temples. She uses the days there to meditate, read and pray. She also attends classes given by her Gurudeva (teacher). The last time she went was in October 2007, where she went for two and a half weeks.

Back then, her brother was quite unwell. A couple of weeks before she left on the pilgrimage, she had a strange dream about him. In the morning she rang up to check with her sister that he was ok. Two weeks later, on the way to India, she suddenly started to think about her brother and got quite worried and emotional. When she got to the temple where she was staying, she got the distinct feeling that all was not right, and prayed for her brother to get through whatever was happening.

When she got home two and a half weeks later, she found out that the day she had flown to India her brother had got rushed to hospital and had been in intensive care, but had since made a full recovery. Somehow she had sensed that something was wrong. She believes that her prayers helped her brother recover. This incident suggests that Rachel may have remote healing abilities.

Contact Through Meditation

While she was over in India on the pilgrimage, Rachel thought back to the being she had seen in 2006. She wanted confirmation that she had seen what she thought she had. She decided to ask for an experience with a being from another world.

She started to meditate, and during this meditation, she experienced a vision involving the same or similar being to the one from the previous year. In this vision, it was sitting cross legged in front of her, a few feet away. The surroundings were very misty, and it was hard to clearly see the features of the being, but she could make it out enough to know it wasn’t human. This time, the beings head appeared to be emitting light, which she believed may have been a kind of communication. It was holding a cup full of liquid. It reached forward and handed the cup to Rachel, who readily accepted it. She drank from the cup before handing it back to the being, and the vision faded away. Rachel says that she doesn’t remember tasting this drink, she believes it was more symbolic rather than actually taking place, but she was very satisfied with the experience and felt her request to have an experience with an extraterrestrial being had been answered. It felt to her much more real than simply her imagination.

Drawing of the cross-legged being:

Soon afterwards, possibly on the same day, Rachel experienced another being during meditation. This time it looked completely different. The being had a very child-like, cheeky appearance. It had a large rounded head with over-sized eyes and long eyelashes. Its hair was wispy and thin, and it had a small nose and mouth. It had a very slender neck, but Rachel does not remember what the rest of it looked like, she was transfixed by the being’s face. The being was actually translucent, but its features were highlighted by glowing violet-coloured energy, making every detail of its face clear to see. The colour of this energy was incredibly vibrant.

Drawing of the child-like being:

The being appeared to walk past her vision, looking right into her face as it did so, before vanishing from sight. Rachel felt an overwhelming sense of love from the being, but there was no direct communication with it at any point. She felt a connection to it in some way.

This is just a theory, but I do wonder whether this second being was a alien-human hybrid. Some of the features she describes could point to this possibility, such as the over-sized yet normal looking eyes, slender neck and thin wispy hair. However the fact the being was actually transparent, and could only be seen via the energy being emitted from it, gives this second sighting an ethereal aspect.

Pinpoints of Light

Sometimes when speaking with people, Rachel will see small intense pinpoints of light for a split second. These are usually white, but can also occasionally be red or black in colour. When we were talking, Rachel said she saw one of them, bright white in colour, appear next to my head. She also saw a white light over Rob’s head when he came to give the regression.

Rachel distinctly remembers seeing black spots around people when she was young. She does not know the reason behind these, but believes that she is picking up on energy given off by the individuals. Even more bizarrely, sometimes when reading something very interesting to her, she will see one of them appear on the page next to words of importance.

Despite Rachel’s belief that energy is the reason behind these lights, she still accepts that there may be something to do with her sight which could account for them.

Electrical Interference

It is widely known that contactees can sometimes experience unusual interference with lights or electrical equipment. Lights around her house often flicker when she is close proximity to them. This is not a constant flickering but happens intermittently. It happened a couple of times when I was there interviewing her. There could of course be a natural explanation for this activity, but Rachel says they recently got the electrics of the house checked out and they were found to be fine.

One time when she was younger, Rachel went out driving in Wales on her motorbike. She was on her way how and suddenly felt like something was observing her. She slowed down to take a look around, and suddenly all the lights on her bike cut off for no particular reason. She tried to switch them back on but nothing happened. She pulled into a lay-by, still with a distinct feeling of being watched. After a short time this feeling left her. She tried the ignition again and the lights came on absolutely fine. They never did this again so she feels that an electrical fault was not an adequate explanation for what had taken place. It was like something had, for a short while, interfered with the lights.

Paranormal Activity

In both her previous and current houses, Rachel has experienced ongoing paranormal activity that may be linked to her contact experiences.

She often hears unexplained tapping noises around the house. These noises have been heard in various rooms and on various surfaces, including the walls, cupboard, doors, picture frames, computer monitor, radiators and windows. They occur randomly both in the day and at night. Rachel is certain that they are not simply being caused by the central heating, subsidence or other normal explanation. They have not been heard just by Rachel – her housemate Adam has also heard them. Also her pet cat sometimes reacts to the noises. At other times she has appeared to stare at a particular location, as if there is a presence of some kind there. The fact that it is not just being experienced by herself proves to Rachel that it is really taking place and not just in her imagination. Apparently 20 minutes before I turned up to interview her on the 22nd March 2010, she heard knocking on a picture frame in the front room. Sadly I did not get to hear anything for myself when I was there, after telling me about her experiences my ears were on full alert! Rachel believes that the noises may be caused by relatives who have passed on and have come back to visit her. Most of the time the noises do not bother her, but once while in bed she heard knocking on the base of the bed, which was a little too close for comfort.

While she usually hears only noises, a few times she has also seen tall shadowy shapes out of the corner of her eye standing close to her. These are known as “shadow people” and are often reported by contactees.

Rachel believes that there may be the ghost of a cat haunting the house. On one occasion she was seated in her bedroom working at the computer. The cat was curled up on the bed. Suddenly she heard nois