Birmingham UFO Group Case Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 28/09/2021
Note: For anonymity reasons, pseudonyms have been used for some witnesses
People who experience contact are often deeply affected by their experiences and fearful of them, which can sometimes lead to them not wishing to talk openly about what has occurred. Chris originally got in touch with me back in 2003 when he was 24 years old. However it soon became apparent that he was not comfortable with discussing what had occurred in his life due to how traumatic it had been. I asked him to get back in touch when he felt ready to talk.
It has taken him 8 years to come to terms with his experiences and be able to talk about them in depth with me. On 25th May 2021 he got in touch via E-Mail. Over the coming days we held numerous lengthly Skype conversations to go over everything. Chris has had contact experiences since childhood up until recent years. This detailed report covers these experiences in chronological order.
Chris’s earliest experiences actually involved paranormal activity as opposed to being directly related to contact. Due to the apparent link between contact and paranormal events these incidents have been included for interest purposes.
In his childhood Chris used to live with his grandparents on Holtshill Lane, Walsall, Birmingham. It was a rather spooky old house, and on many occasions unexplained incidents took place. These incidents were largely ignored by his grandparents, who were quite sceptically minded.
Before he was born, Chris’s grandparents used to own a pet cat named Garfield due to its orange coloured fur. Sadly Garfield had passed away and Chris never got to meet him. However from about age 6 onwards, Chris recalls that roughly once a year, usually around August he or his grandparents would hear a single cat meow. It would always occur in the living room while people were relaxing and seemingly come from behind the sofa. Chris says that it was clearly audible and in the room itself rather than an echo coming in from outside, and his grandparents associated it with Garfield. When he discussed one of the occurrences with his mum, she confirmed to him that Garfield used to rest behind the sofa on a regular basis. He was seemingly continuing to do this after death! Chris says this occurred every year right up until he left the house at age 25.
On a number of occasions Chris would see shadowy forms out of the corner of his eye. These were usually low down towards the floor and he took them to be ghostly cats. On one occasion he caught a clearer glimpse of one of them as it moved along the landing and entered his bedroom. He saw it from the base of the staircase. He assumed it was his grandparent’s pet cat. When he went to check in the room there was nothing there.
Quite regularly Chris would hear footsteps come up the stairs during the night. He says that his grandparents would not stay up late so the sounds could not be attributed to them. Besides, he could see the top of the stairs from his bedroom door which he would leave ajar. Chris says that the footsteps were quite heavy and deliberate, they were too regular to just be creaks on the floorboards. They would come up the stairs and then stop when they reached the landing. He was too un-nerved to ever get up out of bed to check. He says these incidents tended to occur in clusters, he might hear them a few times a number of days apart, and then things would quieten down a while before returning. He did mention the footsteps to his grandfather on one occasion, but his grandfather was dismissive.
Occasionally Chris or his grandparents would smell the scent of a fruity perfume in the living room. This would occur in a particular patch of air and would sometimes move across the room. Chris noted that often this would occur around the same time period as footsteps were being heard on the stairs, not precisely just within days of each other. He found out from his mother that his great grandmother, who passed away before he was born, used to wear similar perfume. At other times they would smell the pungent odour of cigar smoke. When he described this smell to his mother she confirmed that his great grandfather used to smoke cigars which had this scent to them.
There would also be unusual activity with the television sets in the house, both the one in the living room and the smaller one in his bedroom. Chris says that they would sometimes switch on of their own accord. All of a sudden the sound of static would occur. They would never do this while people were nearby to them, only when there was nobody in the room. On other occasions Chris would hear the power button for the living room TV being pressed very fast in quick succession. He says that once he had two friends from school over and they heard it too and were extremely un-nerved.
Many experiencers of contact also report having paranormal experiences around their homes. However it is unknown if any of this activity was linked with Chris’s contact experiences or not, as they were not solely being experienced by him (although his grandparents were rather dismissive of them).
The earliest contact experience which Chris can recollect occurred in the spring of 1996 when he was 7 years old. He used to sleep in a narrow bedroom on the lower part of a metal bunk bed. Due to the previous paranormal activity he was uncomfortable at night and used to leave the bedroom light on.
He awoke during the night with the feeling of a presence in the room. He did not check the clock but felt it must have been around 2am. When he opened his eyes he was immediately greeted by the sight of a being leaning over him and staring down at his face. Due to the bedroom light it was just a silhouette, no facial features could be made out. He could only see its head, neck and upper torso. It had an over-sized head which was shaped like an upside down pear, a thin neck and slender body frame. He felt like this entity was staring straight through him.
He was immediately terrified of it, and pulled the duvet up over his face. This was the last thing he recalled doing. He did not remember dropping off to sleep, the next thing he became aware of was of his grandparents waking him up in the morning at around 7.30am.
When he got up out of bed he realised his pyjamas were on backwards. He also felt very fatigued and achy, as if he had done strenuous exercise the previous day. His grandparents commented on his pyjamas, asking him why he had undressed and re-dressed himself. Chris did not share with them what he remembered seeing in the night. He informed me that they were quite sceptically minded and would not have believed him, so he used to keep what was happening to himself.
The shape of the silhouette described by Chris fits in with that of a Grey, which would be confirmed by following experiences. Greys generally have a thin body and neck, with a large pear-shaped head. It should also be noted that Chris was not paralyzed as he was able to pull the duvet covers over his face, so this discounts sleep paralysis as an explanation.
Even though he cannot currently recollect being taken, there are signs which point towards the idea that he may have been. I have investigated and read about a number of abduction cases where the beings seem to have re-dressed people wrongly before returning them. It suggests that they are aware that the individual has had clothing on when they have been taken, but that they either do not know what way round it should go back on, or do but don’t really care about whether it is put back on correctly. A feeling of fatigue is a commonly reported after effect of abduction experiences too, I have spoken with many people who have described this before. Both of these aspects would also be experienced again in later encounters, as you will see.
First Abduction Recollection
In the summer of 1996, within months of the visitation, Chris had another more significant experience. By this time his grandparents had bought him a new single bed. It was situated underneath the window with the foot of the bed facing the bedroom door.
Once again Chris awoke in the night with the feeling that something was there in the room. When he lifted his head up a short distance to look around the room he realised there was a being standing at the foot of his bed. The bedroom light was once again on, but because of the difference in position he could now see it clearly and make out details.
The being was about 5 feet in height. It appeared to be unclothed. Its skin was smooth and grey in colour, and almost looked like rubber. It had a slender body with thin arms that hung down by its sides. Not many facial details could be made out, only its eyes, which were large, completely black and almond-shaped. No nostrils, mouth or ears were visible. He could not tell if it was unclothed or if it was wearing a full body suit which completely covered it. The being was the same shape as the one he had seen previously, and he felt it was the same entity. It was a Grey, the most commonly reported type of ET, although he did not know this at the time as he had no interest in the UFO subject as a child.
He reacted the same as before, pulling the duvet up quickly over his head. However in doing so it moved up, exposing his lower legs. The next thing he knew, he felt the being grab both of his ankles. The grip was quite strong and its skin felt extremely cold. When I asked Chris to describe the sensation he said it was “similar to a rubber band ball after being left outside overnight”. After this he then immediately blacked out, which he said felt like being given anaesthetic, he was aware of it happening.
He came round and immediately looked down at his ankles expecting to once again see the being. However he now found that he was floating outside of his upstairs bedroom window in the air, about 20 feet off the ground! He was still in a lying down position the same as he had been in bed, and at this point still wearing his pyjamas. He was slowly ascending but could not see anything above him. It was night time but not particularly cold. However he realised it was incredibly quiet, it was as if normal background noise of his neighbourhood had been completely muted. This only lasted a moment before another wave of sleep washed over him and he passed out again.
When he came round again he now found himself in an unfamiliar location. He was lying down on a flat bench like structure which felt cold like metal. He realised he was now unclothed. Adjusting his vision and glancing around he found he was in the middle of a large circular room roughly 30 feet across. There was enough light to see but no obvious source, it was an ambient glow which allowed him to see his surroundings. The walls and floor of the room were flat and a silvery grey colour but not reflective. Towards the top of the room the light faded and it was impossible to see the ceiling clearly, although he assumed it was there. Either side of him roughly 5 feet away were other benches like the one he was on. They were solid blocks which protruded out of the floor. There was no other furnishings in the room and no visible doors or windows.
The temperature of the room felt normal, it wasn’t particularly warm or cold. The air in the room felt very clean and pure, it had no discernable smell. He could hear a low rhythmic humming sound which seemed to be coming from all around rather than from a particular direction. He could actual feel this hum as low vibrations through the bench he was lying on.
Chris tried to move and realised he was paralyzed from the neck downwards. This immediately frightened him and he began to panic. As he was panicking a being entered the room, although he did not see how, there was no apparent doorway it had come through. He just realised it was standing there at the edge of the room beyond his feet, roughly 25 feet away.
This being looked different to the one he had seen in his room. It was the same shape and height, but its face looked much darker in colour. As he watched it walked briskly towards him, locking its eyes on him. It came round to the left side of the bench and stood level with his chest. Its arms swayed as it walked, but it felt very controlled and smooth. When I asked Chris about this aspect of the experience he said the way it walked reminded him of the scene in the movie My Fair Lady where actress Audrey Hepburn walked with a book balancing on her head (the being’s arms were down by its sides though).
It was now that he could see it more clearly. From the base of the neck it looked the same as the previous being, a rubbery grey colour. But rather than also having a grey face, its head was covered in dark brown coloured scales that were slightly paler at their tips. However the eyes looked the same, jet black and almond-shaped. It still had no discernable nose or mouth although this was possibly due to the darkness of its skin.
Chris does not recall whether the hands were exposed as he was transfixed by its face. The grey rubbery skin-tight suit it appeared to be wearing had no insignia, belt or markings. Now that it was close to him he was even more frightened. He began to cry in fear, too frightened to shout out. As it looked at him it felt extremely threatening. The being then spoke to him telepathically. In his mind he heard the words “You shouldn’t be awake and witnessing this.” The voice sounded angry but was not particularly male or female.
A moment later, without the being interacting with him in any way, he blacked out. The next thing he became aware of was his grandparents waking him up. The feeling of dread was still there but quickly subsided when he realised he recognised his surroundings. He recalled what had happened in the night and was frightened because it felt so vivid and real, not like how a nightmare would usually feel. He sat up in bed and found that once again his pyjamas were on wrong. This time the trousers were correct but his top was on backwards. Like the previous experience he felt extremely fatigued.
His grandparents commented saying “You’ve put your pyjamas on wrongly again. You look like you haven’t slept!” When he checked in the mirror his eyes looked dark and a little sunken. Once again he did not tell his grandparents what had happened.
In the days following the experience he felt very uneasy going to bed, to the point that he would stay awake as long as possible until he passed out from exhaustion. Gradually after about a week this subsided and he was able to settle easier again. He was just grateful it had passed and hoped that nothing else would occur. Unfortunately this was far from the end of events.
Chris’s next contact experience took place in late April 1997 soon after his 8th birthday. It began with a very strange audible anomaly. He was lying in bed but still wide awake. There had not been much other unusual paranormal activity in the house for a while and he had started to sleep with the bedroom light off. He began to hear what sounded like muffled voices conversing with one another. Initially he thought that it was coming from the television downstairs. He shouted down to his grandfather, who confirmed that the TV was not on.
The noises continued. Listening intently to try and find the source, they sounded like they were coming from his guitar amp. It sounded almost like French but it was not clear enough to make out any actual words. Chris assumed that it was feedback coming through the amp, until he realised it was not plugged in. This made him a little un-nerved, but because he was tired at this point he chose to actively ignore it and settled down to sleep.
He woke up to find himself floating in a lying down position about 2 foot above the bed. The duvet had slipped off him to his right and was lying on the floor. He had a strong feeling of butterflies in his stomach. He glanced around as this happened so must have been able to move his head, but Chris says he is unsure if he was partially paralyzed, he just went along with what was happening. He drifted backwards and passed through the closed window to his room head first! Outside he could feel the cool night air hit him. It was fully dark, and Chris thinks it must have been around 2am but he was not able to confirm this.
When he looked upward above him, he saw a black sillouette of a large object which was blocking out the stars. He is unsure of the exact shape as it covered most of his view. He says the colour was “blacker than black, like a void”. He began to slowly ascend towards this sillouette. He was intrigued to see detail behind the blackness, but before he got near enough to see anything he blacked out.
When he came round he found himself back in the circular room with the three benches. But this time he was not on the bench. Nor was he alone. He was no longer in his pyjamas, was in a standing position and appeared to be stuck to the wall of the room, a few inches off the floor. There was seemingly no restraints, he was being held against it by a force of some kind. His arms were stretched up above him and his legs were parted at diagonals from one another.
Looking across the room directly opposite him was a group of three other people, all of them adults who were unclothed. There were two men with short brown coloured hair, and a woman with longer blond coloured hair. They seemed to be a trance like state. They had their eyes open but were not reacting or moving at all. To the left and right sides of the room like 4 points of a compass there were two other groups of three, made up of a mix of adults and teenagers. Again they appeared to be in a trance. Everyone was in the same pose that he was in and he also noted that everyone was Caucasian.
Chris found he was largely paralyzed, but could tilt his head a bit. When he did this he found that he was the central person in a group of three. There was a man to his left and a woman to his right. Again they were not moving. However he could not see them clearly as he could not bend his head right round.
Despite the bizarre situation Chris felt calm, possibly due to th