Birmingham UFO Group Case Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 23/03/2013
For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used
Neil first got in contact with BUFOG in November 2012. For the past decade he has had many contact-related experiences and has always sought answers for what has happened to him. He felt it was finally time to share these experiences with others to aid in their understanding of the subject. I have now spoken with Neil extensively via both E-Mail and phone, and I am convinced he is being sincere about what has taken place. This report provides an overview of his experiences, and features many drawings.
A Change Of Direction
Neil’s contact-related experiences did not really begin until 1996 when he was 36 years old. It is possible that he had other experiences prior to this which have been entirely blocked out from his mind, but there is no real indication that this has occurred.
Up until the winter of 1995 Neil was working in engineering. He had a good amount of expertise and was earning a lot of money from it. One day he was working in the factory on his own when a sense of complete calm came over him. A shaft of sunlight came through the skylight right on top of him. He stopped what he was doing and enjoyed the warmth and silence of the moment. He asked himself a question. “What am I doing with all the professional experience I have if I can’t pass it on?” He has no idea where this came from, but what he was doing felt wrong to him. Soon afterwards he was off work ill with a virus for a number of weeks over Christmas and New Year. During this time he reflected on life and decided to completely change his path and start working with children. Soon afterwards he began working with troubled teenagers. A lady he met at the interview for the job also prompted him to join the Bethel Church in Barnsley, and he began to meditate regularly, both while at church and at home.
It is very interesting that Neil’s contact-related experiences seemed to begin soon after this change of direction in his life. This could have just been a coincidence, but are possibly linked in some way. Some people speculate that meditation is a way to communicate with the ETs and can open you up to experiences, and I have investigated numerous cases before where contactees have informed me that they practice meditation.
The Glowing Orb
It was an evening in early 1996. Neil was up in the bathroom of his house on The Crimbles, Wakefield. His wife Emily was downstairs watching TV. After washing himself he then meditated for about an hour. It was around 8pm when he exited the bathroom. Due to the time of year and the fact that neither the landing or hall light was on it was extremely dark. Rather than switch on the light, Neil decided to just walk to the bedroom in the dark to get dressed, as he had plans to go out.
As he entered the bedroom he immediately noticed a glowing white orb of light hovering over a small basket on top of the chest of drawers on his right. It was about the size of a small football, around 20 cm in diameter. He was surprised by its presence but immediately thought it may have a paranormal explanation of some kind.
Witness drawing of the orb in the bedroom:
He felt that it may have intelligence, so asked it out loud not to be frightened and to stay. But as he did so the orb shot upwards around 4 feet. It then briskly moved across the room heading upward in an arc towards the far top left corner of the room. It took about 3 seconds to cross the room and then vanished into the wall.
Witness drawing showing the movement of the orb across the room:
The small basket which the orb had been over contained a number of watches, mostly analogue, but one digital. When he checked the watches he found that they had all stopped working and all showed the time 7.45pm. This was 15 minutes before he had entered the room. He was not sure if this was merely coincidence or whether the orb had somehow caused the watches to stop. If they had all been digital this would seem more likely, however most of them were wind up watches, so how would the orb have affected these? Later on he swapped the batteries of the digital watch and it started working again.
Neil called Emily and informed her about what had taken place. She seemed supportive and said he should look into what it could have been. He wondered whether it could have been ball lightning. However the weather had not been stormy at the time, and it had appeared inside the house with the window closed and curtains drawn, so this seemed unlikely. It also didn’t match witness descriptions of the phenomenon which he found online.
At the time Neil thought that the orb was some kind of spirit energy attempting to contact him. However he now feels that it was linked with his ET contact experiences. Many contactees have reported seeing glowing orbs such as this in their proximity and there certainly appears to be a direct link between incidents such as this and contact. It is possible that these orbs are a visual manifestation of energy, or could even be an actual ET intelligence of some kind, although these are just theories at present.
Soon after witnessing the glowing orb, Neil began to experience unusual activity around his home. It was as though something had been triggered and life would never be the same again. Neil wonders if through his meditation he was able to channel an ET presence which has remained with him ever since.
Most of this activity took place during the night while he was lying in bed. On numerous occasions he was woken from sleep with the feeling of something sitting or standing on the bed. This would usually start down by his feet. He would feel a compression on the mattress and the bedding tighten. It felt like an animal, like a cat or dog. However he had no pets and the window would usually be closed so it could not have been this. Sometimes when this happened he would kick out and it would go away. Other times he let it remain and it would start to move up the bed towards his head. Occasionally it would get close to his face and he could feel some kind of energy coming off whatever it was. He would then get nervous and lash out at it with his arm and it would disperse. Whenever he opened his eyes the presence would immediately disappear, it would only occur if he kept his eyes closed. Even though Emily was sleeping alongside him at the time she never reported feeling anything herself.
On other occasions Neil would feel something actually touch him. Typically he would feel a gentle flick on the end of his nose, or something would nudge him on the arm or leg if it was uncovered and hanging out of the edge of the bed. It felt like a finger or hand touching him with pressure applied locally.
Occasionally Neil would also suddenly smell the odour of tobacco or sometimes perfume. This would usually occur in the bedroom but one time he smelled tobacco in the car while on his way to work. His and his wife did not smoke, nor did the previous owners of his home or car. Whenever this occurred and his wife was nearby Neil would alert her but she could never smell it herself. The odour would last for several seconds before dispersing.
On a rough weekly basis Neil would also hear something say his first name to him during the night. He would hear this either when settling down to sleep, or it would wake him from sleep. The voice sounded audible and close to his left ear usually. It would not always sound the same. Sometimes it would sound male, sometimes female, and sometimes gruff like some kind of animal. He never sensed any aggression in the voice, it just felt like it was greeting him. At first he was very surprised by the voice, but never frightened by it. He was intrigued and wanted to find out more about what could be speaking to him in this manner. Even though Neil shared these experiences with his wife, she would never fully understand as it was so out of the norm. She bought Neil some books on the paranormal to aid in his research.
This paranormal activity continues to this day, although appears to be less prevalent. It should be noticed that at no point during any of these experiences does Neil feel he is paralyzed. Often experiences such as these can be put down to side effects of sleep paralysis. However it is clear that this is not the case here. That said, it is possible that some of what he is experiencing could be down to a hypnagogic state, especially as much of what took place has happened during the night while he is either trying to sleep or woken from sleep.
Neil’s first abduction experience took place in late summer of 1997. He had now moved house and was living on Woolgreaves Drive, Wakefield. It was a normal evening and he and Emily settled down to sleep between 11pm-midnight.
At some point in the night he suddenly woke up with the feeling of a presence in the room. He believes it was between 3-4am however as he did not look at the clock this cannot be verified. The room appeared to be lit with a very soft white light with no identifiable source. Neil had the feeling that there was something on the landing outside of the bedroom door, something that wanted him to come to it. He looked over at the door which was closed at the time. There appeared to be glowing white light coming through the gaps around the edges. Neil stared at the door for several seconds and watched as this light gained in intensity until it was very bright.
Witness drawing showing the glowing light coming from beyond the door:
At this point he was very intrigued as to what was outside of the door. He was so engrossed in what was taking place he did not think about his wife at all, who was lying asleep alongside him. He got up out of bed and crossed the room. As he reached out to grab the door handle, the door seemed to fade away into brilliant white light. It was as if the light was actually penetrating through the door. He then saw an arm reach out from the light towards him. Due to the light it was silhouetted. It was slender in shape, and strangely appeared straight edged. Most of the fingers on the hand appeared to be joined together, with just the thumb being separate, almost like a mitten.
Witness drawing showing the being’s hand reaching out for his own:
The being took Neil by the hand. He was surprised when it did this but not frightened. Its touch felt very gentle and slightly cool in temperature. It felt soft as though the being was of a different density to himself. It then led him into the light. He wondered why the light was so bright yet was not hurting his eyes. As he stepped forward it was like the closed bedroom door was no longer there. He was then able to see more of the being, although it was still silhouetted. It appeared to be about 5 feet in height, humanoid but quite thin, and again straight edged like it’s hand had been. In the light he then noticed two other similar beings.
Witness drawing showing the beings standing in front of him:
Neil’s reaction to what was going on was one of intrigue and wonder rather than of fear. He wanted to see what would happen next. In his own words he says “I’m not certain I was making cognitive decisions at this time, rather being led by a guardian, like a father helping his son to cross the road for the first time.”
When I asked Neil about how the beings moved his answer was very interesting. “That’s the odd thing in the middle of oddness, I do not remember them moving at all, rather continuing snapshots but joined together to form motion without flickering. Very difficult to explain.” He did not try to speak to the beings. This was his last memory of what took place.
The next thing he became aware of he was waking up in the morning at around 8am. He thought back to what had happened and felt both energised and in awe. It felt completely different to a dream and he felt certain that it had occurred as he remembered it. He immediately told Emily about what had happened. She confirmed that she had slept through the night without incident. Later on he also told his mother and sister about what had taken place. They seemed supportive though Neil got the sense that it was a bit much for them to handle.
At the time Neil did not associate what had taken place with the glowing orb and paranormal activity he had been experiencing previously. However he now believes that it was all connected.
It was later in 1997. By this time Neil had begun to change in personality and explore his spirituality to a deeper level. He also found he had become more artistic and had written some poetry as a result. His wife had begun to become a little frightened of his experiences and directly informed him of this.