Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Birmingham UFO Group Case Report Author: Dave Hodrien Last Updated: 23/01/2010
In the 1990s, Tracey Grant-Mcrobie, her ex-husband Darren and daughter Georgina experienced an impressive amount of unusual incidents, some of which suggest that they may be abductees. In 1997 they contacted renowned UFO investigator Tony Dodd, now sadly deceased. As Tony has already done a superb job of investigating and documenting the incidents which occurred back then, they will only be briefly covered in this report. Full descriptions of the events that took place can be found in Tony Dodd’s excellent book Alien Investigator (page 121 onwards).
The incidents experienced by the family included objects moving on their own, doors being wrenched open, sightings of beings in the couple’s bedroom, unexplained voices, and strange smells. The couple assumed that perhaps the house was haunted, but when they moved to a new house in the Yorkshire Dales, the unexplained incidents continued. They had numerous stunning UFO sightings, one of which they managed to film on camcorder. Shortly afterwards they contacted Tony Dodd’s UFO hotline and Manchester airport. Within 24 hours their house was broken into and the tape was stolen.
Many of the things experienced by the family suggested they may have been abducted on numerous occasions - including physical disappearances and reappearances, missing time incidents, vanishing items of clothing, night-time paralysis, body markings, spontaneous healing of an injury to Tracey's chest caused by an operation, and white light which engulfed their cottage. Also their children were visited numerous times by non-human entities. After investigating all these incidents in detail, Tony was convinced that they were being abducted on a regular basis. I too share this belief after reading about the case in detail.
In October 2009 Tracey got in contact with BUFOG and informed me that she and her family still experience regular ongoing paranormal activity, both at their current house in Perth, Scotland, and previous house in Leeds. At the previous address this activity was occurring on a constant, near daily basis. Since moving to their new property, the activity appears to have died down but still takes place.
Photograph of the family’s current home:
It is unknown if this ongoing activity is in some way related to their UFO/contact experiences, many would attribute them to other phenomena such as ghosts and the sixth sense. Many of the things Tracey has reported have been described before by contactees, and could therefore be directly or indirectly related.
Tracey certainly believes that at least some of the activity is due to a haunting. Back in February 2000 she fell out with her father, and she or the kids never saw him again from that day up until the day he died in January 2009. A month before he died there was a lot of strange activity in the house, some of which, as you will see, Tracey can relate directly to her father. This activity still occurs, and Tracey believes her father may be haunting the family.
I have been contacted by Tracey’s good friend Debbie, who verified many of the things discussed in the report.
This report will cover the activity being experienced by the family, and as long as they continue to contact me will be regularly updated whenever new incidents take place.
For most of her life Tracey has had heightened psychic abilities, including the ability to predict events before they take place, and sense things about people or places that most would not. Her earliest memory of receiving a premonition was when she was 3 or 4 years old. At this time of her life she suffered from terrible headaches. Tracey does not believe this is coincidence and feels that these were in some way related to the awakening of her abilities.
Tracey’s premonitions occur randomly at both day and night, and take place quite regularly. They manifest as sudden clear thoughts which pop into her head, and feel completely different from a dream. She has no power over what she predicts, and can be about anyone, not just her own family. If she gets a premonition at night-time it will keep her awake, and she will toss and turn till morning. She does not write down her predictions as she does not feel the need to and always remembers them. Tracey has attempted to induce a premonition by thinking of an outcome, which apparently proved successful. She says that her predictions are rarely wrong, but it is harder if she is tired or stressed.
A recent example took place on the night of Wednesday 4th November 2009. Tracey kept waking up at various points, this regularly occurs when she has predicted something. She knew that her partner Adrian was going to get sacked from his job. Adrian is a hard worker and everyone liked him at the company so she had no reason to think this, but knew that it was going to come true. On Thursday morning she decided to text Adrian to warn him that when he got back to the yard he would be sacked. He replied to her "Cheers sweetheart!" but was fully aware that she would not be wrong. When Tracey met Adrian five years ago he was already open to the possibility of psychic powers being real, and everything he has seen since being with her has made him a firm believer. Sure enough when he got into work he was given the sack for being late twice through no fault of his own.
Tracey says she has had many premonitions, and has predicted many things to do with her own life, her family and friends. Sometimes they even appear to be about people she has not met and she “sees” places she has never visited before. It is unknown what relevance, if any, that these particular premonitions have, perhaps they are just completely random, or perhaps they are of things that will be relevant in the future.
Tracey’s friend Debbie confirmed that she does indeed have premonitions, and has on numerous occasions had them about herself and her own children. Debbie has been friends with Tracey for 12 years. In 1998 she was diagnosed with cancer and came close to death. Tracey said she knew that she was going to be ok, and would also go on to have a son. The chemotherapy that Debbie had unfortunately left her sterile and doctor’s said she would not be able to bear children, but against the odds in 2002 she became pregnant and gave birch to her son. Debbie also said that during a bad time of her life when she was ready to give in, Tracey had a vision of an elderly lady sitting alongside her. When Tracey described the lady, and Debbie told her mother about it, she informed Debbie that the lady was her own mother, who had passed away before Debbie was born. Debbie says these are just two examples of many, and that Tracey does seem to possess a “gift”.
It is not just Tracey who appears to have heightened senses, five of her six children, her youngest being only one year old, have also sensed things, and experienced unusual sounds, sights and smells. It appears that her heightened senses may have been passed on to them. Tracey’s oldest daughter fully understands and believes what Tracey can do and accepts it as part of her life.
Precognitive and other psychic abilities have been reported many times by contactees, and there certainly seems to be a link between these abilities and their ET experience. This suggests that they have been changed in some way by these experiences for whatever reason, and that their mind has been somehow enhanced or awakened. Many contactees report that the extraterrestrial agenda involves shifting the state of consciousness of the human race through genetic manipulation. Could Tracey's precognitive ability be a sign that she has already undergone this shift? Alternatively her ability may have developed naturally as a young child and could be completely unrelated to her later contact experiences.
Tracey regularly gets an unusual humming sound in both her ears. This is often followed by a severe headache. It has occurred since a very early age. Obviously there is the possibility this could be due to a medical condition rather than related to her premonitions or other phenomena. However she has seen many doctors throughout her life, and none of them have been able to give her a proper diagnosis as to the cause. She has been so many times that she has now given up trying to figure out a cure. These incidents do not always coincide with her premonitions or other activity but have done so on occasion.
Usually when Tracey gets a premonition, or one of the family sees or hears something unusual in their house, soon afterwards the lights of the house will start flickering and occasionally blow. It is unknown whether this is related or not, because they have also done this at other times where there was no apparent other activity occurring. This has been going on for many years in both their previous and current house. Both houses have been in good condition. Their current house is rented, and the owner is a highly skilled electrician. He has checked the house numerous times but cannot find anything wrong with the electrics at all.
When Tracey moved into Adrian’s house in Leeds, almost immediately the bulbs started to blow one by one, despite the fact that these bulbs had been fine for ages beforehand. She told Adrian that from then on they would blow quite regularly, and indeed they have done so, even when they moved to their current house in Scotland. This activity is happening so regularly that the family go through 10-15 bulbs per month!
A recent example took place on the evening of 5th November 2009, after Tracey had predicted Adrian would lose his job. The light suddenly began flickering on and off and in the end a fuse blew and the house was plunged into darkness.
If this sort of activity had occurred at just one of the houses Tracey has lived at then it could perhaps be put down to faulty electrics, however the fact that it appears to have moved with her to different addresses, and that it often seems to coincide with Tracey’s premonitions or other activity, makes it very interesting indeed. Unusual electrical activity is another thing often reported by contactees. Tracey is shortly planning to get the electrics assessed by an independent expert and has informed me she will let me know the results of this assessment. She has also said she will try to capture the activity on video camera when it next occurs.
Ongoing Paranormal Activity
There is a lot of varied unusual activity which has taken place in the family's previous household, and has continued in their current house. Due to the regularity of this activity, this section of the report will now be written much as a diary, with new events added when necessary.
Back in December 2008 to January 2009 there was a great amount of unexplained activity. On numerous occassions in December the family would smell tobacco smoke as if someone had lit up a pipe. This occured in various locations around the house. Tracey's father used to smoke a pipe and she never liked the sickly sweet smell of it. Both Tracey and Adrian smoke cigarettes but they smell very different, and they only smoke in the kitchen or outside, never anywhere else inside.
There was also a repeating stench of vomit which would come and go. The family searched for a possible source of the smell - including checking the sewage system - but never found one. The smell would appear in both the living room and dining room at different times of the day, and it was very noticeable, to the point of being stomach-churning.
Tracey, Adrian and a family friend named James who was staying at the house heard thumping sounds heard on the stairs that sounded like heavy footsteps. This was of course very un-nerving. As with many of the other incidents that have occured, no explanation for the sounds could be found. It is unlikely they were caused by creaking floorboards or echoes from outside because otherwise they would be heard all the time. Tracey, Adrian, James and another friend Marcus also witnessed numerous apparitions at various places around the house - going up the stairs, into the dining room and along the hall. These apparitions took the form of moving shadows, white mists and tall dark figures.
Photograph of the hall, in which apparitions have been seen and unexplained sounds heard:
Tracey and James also witnessed some very disturbing poltergeist-like activity. James was in the lounge and looking into a mirror on top of the fireplace and doing his hair. Tracey was at the doorway of the lounge and chatting to him. On the edge of the fireplace there was a little plastic toy. All of a sudden it flew right across the room in front of them both, as if it had been thrown by an invisible force. Tracey began to laugh in shock at what had just occured. James was very frightened and would not go back in the room again after the incident.
Tracey's daughter Georgina had planned to come to the house over Christmas but could not make it as she had met a new boy named Steve. In January 2009 when her and Steve came to visit, Tracey told her about the activity but she shrugged it off. However soon afterwards Steve became ill - he felt sick and shakey and started getting bad headaches. He also mentioned that he felt something was wrong with the house - at this point he had no idea about the activity that the family was experiencing. Steve left the house soon afterwards. He told Georgina to tell Tracey that she was great but that he could not stay in the house again.
In March 2009 Tracey was informed that her biological father had passed away near the start of January. Back when he still used to see the family, he always doted on Georgina. Tracey feels that he may not have liked people dating her. She believes that the house is haunted by her father, and that the various smells, Steve's illness and other activity was down to him. However back in December 2008 her father was still alive, so if he was responsible for the activity, he must have been doing so even before passing on. Some may question this or decide that this means Tracey's father cannot have been responsible, but at the very least the tobacco smell appears to have a direct link to him.
In July 2009, soon after the family moved into their current house, Adrian had another possible apparition sighting. He was in the sun room and saw what he described as a “white shadow” move past the windows. He could not explain what he had seen at all and did not believe it was caused by reflection of sunlight. Shortly after the incident he informed Tracey about what had happened.
Occassionally Tracey sees tiny flashing white lights above Kayden's cot in her bedroom. She does not see these anywhere else and wonders if it is something to do with the lighting conditions in the room, or whether something more unusual is going on.
Kayden's cot in the bedroom, above which flashing lights have been seen:
In early November 2009 some of the children reported hearing unusual sounds coming from upstairs in the house when there was no-one there. Tracey and Adrian had gone to Asda with their youngest children; where as two of their elder boys remained at home. When they arrived home, the boys ran straight up to them looking very frightened and white-faced. They explained to Tracey what had happened, saying that they had heard heavy footsteps like those of a man wearing boots, and a strange dragging sound as if the swivel chair was being pulled across the floor. They were terrified and Tracey told them they should have gone round to the neighbour’s house. Adrian checked around upstairs but could find nothing out of place at all.
The boys will now not go upstairs alone, and Tracey has had to bring all their toys downstairs. So far Tracey and Adrian have not heard these particular sounds themselves, but are certain that the children are telling the truth about what took place.
On 24th November 2009 at 12.15pm, Tracey and son Kayden were in the lounge and Adrian was in the kitchen. Suddenly they heard a sound like a plastic object being thrown along the carpeted hallway, bouncing on the floor. When they went to check they found no evidence of what could have made the sound. The bedroom doors were closed at the time and the sound clearly came from the hall and not elsewhere in the house.
The smell of tobacco was detected again by Tracey on 29th November 2009. She walked into the lounge at some point in the afternoon. The only other people in the house were Adrian and their youngest son Kayden. Once again Tracey detected the sweet smell of pipe tobacco near the sofa table and a chair that she likes to sit on. It only lasted a short while before fading. She checked the house but could find no explanation for it.
Within the space of a week in December 2009, the family experienced four seperate apparitions of children around the house. Two of Tracey's sons, Marc and Daniel, share one of the bedrooms. On the night of Wednesday 23rd December Marc awoke because of a sharp pain in his stomach. He was tossing and turning, trying to get back off to sleep. He rolled over to face the window. The morning light had just started to appear, and he made out the sillouette of a girl standing in the room staring at him - she appeared to be between 10-13 years of age. He rolled over to face the door, and when he looked back he then also saw the sillouette of a boy around 6 years old. The children were standing by the window close to where Daniel was sleeping, but were staring at Marc. For an unknown reason he did not feel scared by their presence. The pain in his stomach died away and he closed his eyes and went back to sleep. One incident from the 1990s which Tony Dodd investigated was where Tracey had woken in the night to see two old men standing in her bedroom. Just like Marc, she had felt no fear and had gone back to sleep, which is of course very unusual behaviour in such a scenario.
At 6pm on Sunday 27th December Tracey, Adrian, Brandon and Daniel were in the kitchen, while Marc, Alex and Kayden were playing in the bedroom. Tracey was ironing and talking with Adrian who was standing by the fridge, while Brandon and Daniel used the computer in the corner of the room. While ironing Tracey became aware of a boy standing behind Adrian to his left. He looked about 6 years old, with clean looking clothes and short dark hair. She assumed it was Alex but when she looked up the figure completely vanished. She immediately informed Adrian about what she had just seen.
An hour later, Tracey asked Adrian to go and get her a drink from the fridge in the garage. The door to the garage leads directly off from the kitchen. Adrian went to get the drink, and when he re-entered the kitchen he looked over at the door and for a moment saw a small boy with blond hair, roughly 3 years of age, standing and facing away from him. Once again the apparition immediately vanished.
Photograph of the kitchen where numerous apparitions of children have been seen:
On Tuesday 29th December, Tracey, Adrian, Daniel, Alex and Kayden were in one of the upstairs rooms. Tracey, Adrian and Kayden came downstairs to make some tea while Daniel and Alex remained in the room playing X-Box. Suddenly Daniel came running downstairs and said that for a brief moment he had seen a little blond-haired boy sitting beside him to his left wearing a white top.
Soon after this incident, Brandon heard some strange muffled sounds while on his own in his downstairs bedroom. He decided to E-Mail me directly about the incident. He says he was in his room playing with a toy car on his bed. Marcus was on the computer in the kitchen, and everyone else was upstairs. He suddenly heard a quiet muffled sound like someone whispering. He assumed it must have come from the toy car, as it is one which makes a noise when it is pushed, but when he did this he realised it was not the same sound at all. Afterwards he felt like he was being watched. When he gets scared, he sometimes feels unable to move, so he remained in his room and tried to ignore what he had just heard. He then felt like there was a presence next to him and could feel a sudden cold draught. He was frightened, so left the room and went to continue to play in the front room until Tracey and Adrian came back downstairs.
Brandon also informed me of another incident which happened on the evening of 30th December. The family were sitting in the lounge watching TV. He was on the sofa and all of a sudden saw a dark shadowy figure running towards the sofa, followed by a strong vibration through it. He jumped forward and Adrian asked him if he was alright, and he told everyone what he had just seen and felt.
On the evening of 17th January 2010, Marcus and Daniel were playing on their console in their bedroom. Their bedroom has an ajoining bathroom. Suddenly they heard running water coming from the bathroom. They checked and found that both the taps had apparently turned on of their own accord. Later at 8.30pm Adrian went upstairs to finish a model he was working on. He heard a scraping noise behind him on the wall, coming from a ceramic decorative fish. He turned around and found that the fish had turned sideways and was facing upward.
Any further incidents will be added to this section of the report, so keep checking back for updates.
Tracey has also told me that whenever she starts to think about or mention the unusual things going on, bad things such as accidents seem to take place. It is almost as if something does not wish her to make its presence known. For example, half way through writing one of the E-Mails to me, her youngest son fell over and cut his head. These incidents could of course be down to coincidence, but Tracey still feels they may in some way be connected. However she and Adrian still very happy for me to write the report, and hopes that she may someday find answers to it all.
As you can see, there certainly appears to be some highly unusual activity occurring around Tracey and her family. This activity has taken place for quite a long time, and Tracey’s precognitive abilities since childhood. From what has been described, this activity does appear to be focused around Tracey, for example before Tracey moved in with Adrian, he did not experience anything unusual in his house. It is very interesting that the electrical activity has occurred in numerous different houses that the couple have lived at. This tends to suggest it is something other than mere electrical faults. I completely trust Tracey about what she has described, and feel certain that these events have taken place. She says her family is very open about their experiences and have nothing to hide.
A big question is of course whether this activity is linked with the family’s previous contact experiences or not. Tony Dodd certainly believed that the activity seen back at the time of these experiences was definitely related. Could the fact that unusual activity is still taking place mean that some or all of the family are still experiencing contact without their awareness?
Tracey says she has had heightened senses since a very early age, but does not remember any incidents back when she was very young which would suggest she has always been a contactee. However in many other cases, there is evidence to suggest that people can be chosen from birth and taken throughout their life-time. Despite her experiences and UFO sightings, Tracey finds it hard to believe that she or her family are contactees, and that Earth is being visited by extraterrestrials, although she does believe that life exists elsewhere in the universe.
Tracey wonders why the activity now seems to have died down and incidents are much more infrequent than they were at their previous address. Could this suggest that their house in Leeds was some sort of focal point for the activity? Currently we can only speculate about such things, but the fact that activity is still taking place tends to suggest that the family themselves are at least partially responsible.
She still believes that her father is haunting the family, and that at least some of the activity is his doing.
This report will be updated with additional events as and when they occur. I also hope to visit Tracey and her family at some point, so may well get to experience something first hand!
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2009