Updated: Aug 31
Birmingham UFO Group Case Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 29/08/2020
Last Updated: 31/08/2020
Note: For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used
Nathan first got in touch with me in May 2020 via our Facebook community page. He wanted to inform me about a number of unusual experiences which have taken place throughout his life. He now lives in Virginia, USA but earlier in his life lived in Nottingham, England.
In speaking with him in depth via Skype he first discussed with me his career as an aircraft maintenance analyst for the military at numerous Air Force bases. We then went over his experiences, which have included contact-related incidents as well as fascinating UFO sightings. It also turned out that Nathan was a witness to the Phoenix Lights back in March 1997, one of the most famous and impressive UFO cases ever reported!
Due to the magnitude of this revelation and its importance I have separated it out into a second report, the link for which can be found towards the end of this one. Nathan’s other experiences will be discussed below.
In his childhood Nathan lived with his parents in a large house at one end of Allington Avenue, Nottingham. At the time his brothers and sister all lived in Jamaica.
He recalls a number of occasions from about the age of 4 where a glowing white orb approached the house. Initially he would hear a very loud humming noise which would send vibrations through his body. The frequency of the sound would change rather than remain constant. It was very loud but his parents never talked about hearing it themselves.
He’d then see a white light approach from an Easterly direction. His bedroom was at the front of the house, which gave him a view along Park Road. The light would always come from this direction and flood the room in brightness. Usually his curtains were partially closed but he’d see a glowing white orb through the gap, and the curtains weren’t thick enough to block out the light coming from it.
On the ceiling alongside the bed he had a corded light which doubled as a heater. You would have to pull the cord once to switch on the heater, which had a yellow glow to it. If you pulled it a second time the light would switch on. Whenever the orb appeared outside the light would go out and change back to its heater setting. Then this too would dim and switch off. It appeared that the orb was interfering with the electrics of it in some way.
For some reason he knew that if this orb touched you it would control you, so he feared it. He would try to hide from it at the side of the window so it couldn’t see him. He would then run along the landing into his parent’s room and try to wake them up. When he did this the orb would follow and then be outside their bedroom window instead.
Nathan remembers on numerous occasions trying to wake them up by shaking them vigorously and talking to them but they would never wake, it was like they’d been switched off. However he says his dad was a heavy drinker so many on these occasions he was just sleeping really deeply, this cannot be fully put out of the question. When they didn’t wake he would hide alongside them under their blanket. This would be the last thing he would recall, when he next became aware he would always be waking up in his own room. It is of course possible that his parent’s would wake up before him, find him there and take him back to his bedroom without disturbing his sleep.
Years later he asked his father about these experiences. He asked him "When I was a kid did you take me back to my room a lot?" His father replied that he recalled this happening on a couple of occasions. He also confirmed that on other occasions they had found him outside the house. The first time it happened his mother brought him back inside. When it happened a second time they locked him in his room at night as they thought he must be sleep walking.
On one occasion when he was either 4 or 5 Nathan recalls being outside and running away from the white orb of light. He is unsure of whether this took place before or after his parents started locking the door to his room. He recalls running in a zig-zag motion along Allington Avenue to try and get away from the orb.
A few doors up the road from his house there is an alley-way which leads through to the back yards of the houses. Nathan remembers crouching down behind the front garden wall of the house adjacent to this alley to try and hide from the orb.
However at this point in his recollection his memory suddenly changes. He recalls being in another darkened location. The buzzing sound coming from the orb had now ceased. He was lying down on a raised table of some kind and was paralysed. Nothing appeared to be holding him down but he could not move. He is unsure whether he was unclothed or in his night clothes. There was a glowing white light positioned at a diagonal to him, providing the only light source in this place. Standing around him were a number of Greys, of course at this point in his life he did not recognise them as such.
The Greys appeared to not be wearing any clothing apart from dark face masks which covered their mouths and chins. Their skin was very pale coloured, almost white, but with a blue-ish tone. They had large craniums, the one towards his feet particularly. Most of the beings had completely black eyes, however the one with the larger head had eyes with visible irises. These were still very large in size compared to human. Their noses were diminished and barely noticeable.
The beings were staring at him, almost like doctors who had found something interesting. They began by staring at his face but then started to look down his body. It felt to him that he was in some kind of trouble and that he’d angered them in some way. It was as if he was being made to get into the position they wanted him to be in. When they checked his back, he felt himself being raised up. When they checked the back of his legs he felt those being lifted by an unseen force.
The amount of pressure holding him down seemed to fluctuate. At some moments he felt like he was almost entirely paralyzed, at other moments he felt he had more movement. At one point when it decreased in strength he actually got up off the table and started running around the room he was in. He does not recall seeing any furnishings or apparatus and it was very dark except for over by the table with the light over it. When he did this the beings did not give chase, instead he felt them telepathically command him to return to them. This was not like actual spoken words, it was more a feeling in his mind that he had to get back on the table. He remembers a glowing white light moving towards him and then being back on the table lying down again.
Nathan has no idea of how long this experience went on for. His memories of it are fragmented. The next clear memory he has is of waking up in the morning in his own bed. After that experience he began to leave the heater off in his room, almost like it was in some way related to what had happened.
On another occasion when he was either late 5 or early 6 years old Nathan recalls the orb coming for him while his parents were out at a party till the early hours of the morning. He consciously remembers getting out of bed and running out of his room onto the landing, with the white orb following after him (Nathan has drawn the white orb at the top of the stairs in the upstairs map which relates to this incident).
His next memory is of being at the base of the stairs frightened and his mother then putting him back to bed. When he queried her about this incident years later she informed him that they’d come home at around 1am to find him at the base of the stairs screaming that the light was coming to get him. He had then passed out in front of them. Once his mother had brought him round she checked him over (she was a registered nurse) before taking him back upstairs.
In total between the age of 4 and 6 Nathan remembers seeing the white orb about 7 times. After this the experiences seemed to stop.
By the time he was 8 Nathan lived with his grandmother on Rolleston Drive, one road across from his previous address. He can’t remember exactly when the incident took place but he thinks it was around the spring of 1976, which would have made him 8 or 9 years old. Back then he had a friend named Karl from the local neighbourhood who he would regularly meet and play with.
It was around 1-2pm on a pleasant by cold day. He and Karl were standing at the crossroads between Rolleston Drive and Galway Road and playing catch ball. Karl threw the ball really high and so he looked upwards to see if he could catch it. The first thing he noticed were some trainers which had been thrown over one of the telephone lines. But then beyond these in the distance through the gaps in the trees he saw a strange object in the sky.
The object was a curved triangular shape on one side but squared off on the other, similar to an iron. It had two distinct sections to it. The upper part of the object was a dark silvery-grey colour, not particularly shiny. However the bottom of it was glowing bright yellow-orange. It appeared to be about 10000 feet up and at least 5 miles away from their location. If it was this far, Nathan estimates it was about 60 feet across.
Nathan pointed it out to Karl asking “Do you see that?” Karl looked up and asked back “Wow, what is that?” The UFO hovered completely motionless in the sky. It appeared to be silent. They watched it for between 2-3 minutes trying to work out what it could be.
Suddenly they noticed two military jets to the North West flying on a straight path directly towards where the object was located. Nathan thinks they may have been F4’s, but did not know this at the time. As they approached the UFO it suddenly accelerated and shot away to the South! In a brief moment it was lost from sight behind the housing. The jets changed course and flew off in the same direction, and were soon lost from sight.
The boys were amazed at what they’d just seen. Karl exclaimed “I’m going to tell my mum!” Nathan responded “What are you going to tell her?” to which he replied “I’m going to tell her we saw this!” They both ran back to Karl’s house, where he excitedly told his mother about what they’d just witnessed. However they had recently watched the War Of The Worlds movie on television and she thought they were mistaken about what they’d seen because of this. Both Karl and Nathan were annoyed at her reaction to their sighting. They did not go back outside to see if the object returned as it was quite a cold day.
At the time of the incident Nathan went to Cottismore High School (the school has since been demolished). Soon afterwards he was in the school library when he came across a book on the paranormal. When he looked through the book he came across a drawing of a UFO which was extremely similar to what he and Karl had witnessed. He showed it to his school friends but they just laughed at him.
In December 1978 Nathan moved to the US with his mother. They settled in a house on East Tulpehocken Street in Philadelphia, New Jersey.
One day he came home from school about 4pm. He wasn’t feeling very well so he told his mother then went to lie down on his bed. He believes he dropped off to sleep.
Suddenly he became aware of a humming sound and felt pressure against the side of his face like he was being forced against something. He opened his eyes and was shocked to find himself pushed up against the ceiling of the room. Terrified at this revelation he immediately fell back downwards onto the sofa. Instinctively he jumped up off it but was not yet fully aware of his senses. He lost his balance and fell backwards straight through a glass coffee table which was alongside the bed!
This wasn’t the only time this happened. On several other occasions during the same year Nathan began to feel pressure on his face and started hearing the humming noise again. Whenever this began happening he would get up and move around to get it to stop, as he was frightened of lifting up into the air again.
The experience where Nathan found himself against the ceiling may not have had anything to do with contact. It is more probable that this was what is commonly referred to as an out-of-body experience, where you can seemingly separate from your physical body and your viewpoint drifts away from it. These experiences are often accompanied by strange sounds or other anomalies just as Nathan reports. On the later experiences it is possible he was sinking into a similar state but managed to pull himself out of it by getting up.
By 1984 Nathan was in his final year of studying at Temple University. One evening he was walking home with a friend. He started telling her about some of the unusual experiences which had happened previously in his life.
They were walking East past the university parking lot on Cecil B. Moore Avenue when suddenly the street light on the path ahead of them went out. They continued walking and the next light then went out. This carried on, with each light going out as they approached it.
Confused by what was causing the anomaly they reversed their steps and as they did the lights came back on in sequence. They turned back round and started walking again. Once more the lights started going off as they got near to them. This continued even when they turned right and started walking along North 12th Street.
She was concerned and started asking him what he was doing to cause the lights to switch off. He simply responded “How to I know it’s not you doing this?” The anomaly continued for a short while after then suddenly stopped and the lights remained constantly on. It was as if for a short period of time he was putting our some kind of energy which interfered with the electrics in his locality, although it was of course impossible to prove that this had actually taken place.
I have investigated other contact cases where exactly the same phenomenon has been reported. It is almost like the individual is temporarily surrounded by an energy field which interferes with nearby electrical objects.
Glowing Blue Humanoid
The following year Nathan joined the military. He was taken on as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist at KI Sawyer Air Force Base in Upper Michigan (The base is no longer active). He would be required to stay on the base for a week at a time. During nights on the base he would sleep in a dormitory. Initially he slept in a shared room, but after several years had a high enough rank to be given his own room.
In the spring of 1988 Nathan started dating a girl named Sarah. As a sign of her affection for him she gave him her gold coloured High School graduation ring. Nathan put it on the dog tags around his neck for safe keeping.
One night Sarah came to the base to stay overnight at the dormitory. Nathan’s room was about 12 foot wide with a low ceiling of about 7 feet. The room came with a bunk bed, but he had taken off the top bunk.
In the middle of the night Nathan suddenly heard Sarah exclaim “Nathan what’s that?” He opened his eyes and immediately saw what she was referring to. Floating across the room from them there was what appeared to be a blue coloured glowing humanoid figure. He could see it fully, but the lower half was less clearly defined than the upper half. The entity appeared to be unclothed. It had a slender build and was about 5 feet in height. It had normal looking human eyes, but no nose, mouth or ears were visible. It did not appear to have genitalia. Nathan did not notice any fingers, but in its left hand it was holding an object of some kind.
Sarah was shaking in fear and repeated the question, “What is that?” For an unknown reason Nathan replied “Shut up and go back to sleep!” He does not know why he reacted to the situation in this way, it was completely out of character for him. It was like he was unconcerned about the strange figure hovering in the air across the room from them.
He settled back down and tried getting back to sleep, but then felt Sarah get out of bed. He opened his eyes again and watched her approach the figure. Suddenly there was a bright electrical flash and she got thrown backwards back onto the bed next to him. Nathan asked her “What are you doing?” Quite clearly disturbed by what was taking place she said “Take me home now!” But again Nathan just told her to go back off to sleep. He dropped back off leaving her awake and terrified next to him. He is unsure about what happened to the figure.
In the morning when he awoke she was still there. She had sat up awake all night because of what had taken place. The first thing she asked him was “Are you into some kind of voodoo or craziness?” She clearly assumed that Nathan was something to do with what had occurred. He simply responded “No.” She responded saying “Take me home, we’re through, I don’t want to see you anymore.” Nathan asked “What are you talking about?” to which she replied “You know what happened last night.” She was obviously waiting for Nathan to explain what had occurred, but of course he could not.
Nathan agreed to drive her back home. When they arrived at her house she again repeated “If you’re not going to tell me what happened last night we’re through.” Nathan just said “I don’t know.” She said “We’re done, give me my ring back.”
When Nathan went to get the ring back off the dog tags around his neck he found it was missing. He explained to Sarah that he didn’t know where it was. She thought he wanted to keep it to remember her by and began to get angry with him saying “I know you love me but I can’t deal with this. I want my ring back!”
Nathan thought he might be able to go to the High School website and order a replacement ring without her knowing, so simply agreed that he would get it back for her. However when he got in contact with the High School she had attended they said that they could not sell him another replacement ring as he had not attended the High School himself.
About a year went by during which Nathan and Sarah did not speak. Then one day he got a phone call from her. It soon became apparent that she had not forgotten the night at the base. She said “I miss you. I want you back. But before you take me back I want to know what happened that night.” Nathan informed her that he did not have an answer for what took place. She then changed topic, informing him that he had still not given her back her ring. Nathan once again agreed to get it back for her.
Soon after the chat Nathan decided that he would contact KI Sawyer Air Force Base just to see if someone there had found it and handed it in to lost property. He thought this chance was remote but it was about the only chance he had left of finding the ring. Someone picked up the phone and Nathan explained the situation and described what the ring looked like. Immediately the person on the phone exclaimed “You’re bullshitting me right?” Nathan responded saying “No, I lost it a year ago.” He was then put in touch with the Sergeant who simply said “I need you to come here right now!”
Nathan honoured the Sergeant’s request and drove out to the base. On arrival the Sergeant said “So you’re telling us you lost a ring about a year ago?” Nathan again explained that it was his girlfriend’s ring and he lost it. The Sergeant then held up something asking “Does it look like this?” There in his hand was the missing ring! “Yes, that’s it!” exclaimed Nathan, “Where did you find it?”
There was an airman present who then spoke up. He explained that about 30 minutes before Nathan had called the base he had been walking outside in the snow when he stepped on something which felt like a solid lump. He checked where he was standing and found the ring!
The Sergeant then asked “You’re trying to tell us you lost this ring a year ago and we just found it half an hour ago?” Nathan simply responded saying that he said it like it was. They then handed the ring back to him. Soon afterwards he was able to re-unite the ring with its rightful owner. She thought Nathan had hidden it from her on purpose in order to see her again and suggested that he should take her back. But he refused saying it was over.
Many years later in 2009 Sarah contacted Nathan via phone after finding out his number. She informed him that she had been having repeated strange dreams about the blue man they had witnessed on the base. However she said she would only tell him what she had found out he would have to travel out and visit her. Nathan was not interested in getting back with her so left things. He never found out what Sarah may have known, and the incident at the military base remains a fascinating mystery.
It is clear that there was something present in the room as it was witnessed by both Nathan and Sarah. Could the blue humanoid have been an ET being of some kind, perhaps linked with Nathan’s previous contact experiences? It had some similarities with a Grey, such as the slender build and lack of facial features and genitalia. However other aspects of it such as its general body shape and eyes were more human-like. I have investigated a number of other cases where blue-skinned humanoid beings have been seen. Another possibility is that the military base was haunted, and this was a supernatural manifestation. Nathan says its legs were less distinct than the torso, suggesting an apparition of some kind. We may never know for sure.
The being which Nathan and Sarah witnessed sounds somewhat reminiscent of Dr Manhattan from the super hero graphic novel Watchmen, released in 1986. Below is a still of the character from the movie adaptation which came out in 2009. The similarities are plain to see, however I do not believe that Nathan has fabricated the story based on this character.
The manner in which the ring was found is very interesting. Due to the odds involved, some may feel that there was a paranormal element to this, but it could just be an extra-ordinary coincidence that the ring was found on the base shortly before Nathan rang them back up.
From 1993 Nathan was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. By now he had married his second wife Gemma, and was living with her in her apartment.
One day in the spring of 1995 he and Gemma had an argument. After it was over and they had calmed down Nathan suggested that they should just sit down and watch TV together. However Gemma was still upset and told him she was going to go lie down in bed a while.
About 90 minutes later she came back into the living room, kissed Nathan and said “Thank you for that.” Confused by this Nathan asked “For what?” “Well, you know.” Gemma said. “No I don’t know", he responded. Gemma then told him that after she went and lay down she felt Nathan lie down on the bed behind her, begin stroking her hair and tell her that everything was going to be ok. Nathan insisted that he had remained in the living room the whole time.
It is possible that Gemma had dropped off and this was nothing more than a vivid dream, but Nathan wonders whether there was more to it than that due to his other experiences.
In 1996 one of his friends on the base who he had informed of his experiences suggested they should both go and visit a psychic out of interest. Nathan didn’t know what to expect from this but agreed to go along. The psychic told him several things. She first said that he needed to go to Australia, as there was something there which he needed to see.
She then told Nathan that he had the same gift as her, and asked him how many out-of-body experiences he had had. Thinking his friend had informed the psychic beforehand he turned and looked at him, but his friend denied having done so. The psychic then told Nathan he needed to go and visit his grandmother, who still lived in Nottingham.
Heeding the psychic’s advice, Nathan decided he would visit the UK to catch up with his grandmother and other family members. A short time before he was set to travel he was exiting the shower when he suddenly got hit by what felt like a bolt of electricity. Nathan immediately knew that his mother had passed away. He just looked at Gemma and exclaimed “My mother, she’s dead.” She asked him “How do you know that?” to which he responded “I know, I feel it. I’m telling you she’s dead.”
Nathan tried calling his mother over in England but she did not pick up. He spoke with his sisters but they did not initially believe him. However he soon found out that he was correct – his mother had experienced a seizure and hit her head in the fall.
Several days later Nathan was across in the UK. Everyone questioned him, wondering how he had known that she had died. To this day Nathan has no clear answer for this. However it is very common for contactees to have one or more psychic abilities, and premonitions are regularly reported when I investigate cases.
As mentioned at the start of this report, Nathan unwittingly became one of hundreds of witnesses of the Phoenix Lights in March 1997 while stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near to Phoenix, Arizona. Due to the significance of this incident and for ease of searching this has been split out into a separate report which you can access here
Nathan has had some truly fascinating and varied experiences, some of which have close links with contact, while others may be encounters of a paranormal nature. He has personally shared with me evidence of his military background. This cannot be shared here to preserve anonymity, but I have no suspicions relating to his authenticity as a witness.
The white orb which he saw numerous times in his childhood was clearly contact related, as it lead to his abduction recollection as well as numerous periods of missing time. It is unknown if his other UFO sightings were a result of these experiences or not. It seems that in some cases, including the Phoenix Lights, he just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
These incidents have lead Nathan to have a true fascination with the subject. He seeks answers to what has happened to him, and is also interested in working on software which will help collaborate sightings and monitor them in an organised way. I wish him the best of luck with these endeavours and thank him for sharing the details of his experiences.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2020