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High Strangeness of Bridgewater Triangle | Vault Notes

By: Brittany "Pagan" Adkins


As we traverse through Massachusetts, we cannot help but stop to talk about another triangle, the Bridgewater Triangle. This piece of land located just outside of Boston has become known as a place where the veil between us and them is weaker and sightings of Bigfoot, Native American ghosts, orbs, UFOs, and unmarked black helicopters sail through the sky. What mysteries await us in this land of High Strangeness?


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Basics on the Triangle


Paranormal researcher, Loren Coleman, who named the Bridgewater Triangle in 1970, revived public attention to the many paranormal reports emanating from the area. 

The towns that make up the points of the "Triangle include Rehoboth, Abington, and Freetown, with Bridgewater in the center. Other towns included in the "vortex" are Raynham, Brockton, Norton, and Taunton. 


Aside from the number and diversity of paranormal reports, what is phenomenal about the Bridgewater Triangle is that the first report of paranormal activity was made over three centuries ago, in 1760. Since then, the area has spawned a diversity of reports that include paranormal events that range from ghost dancers to UFOs to Cryptozoological sightings." 

Cryptozoological sightings are numerous and varied in the Bridgewater Triangle. In 1970, reports of a big-foot like, 7-foot tall hairy monster and its footprints instigated both the Bridgewater and Massachusetts State Police canine unit to conduct a search for a bear. However, neither man nor bear was ever found. 


High Strangeness


Windows or Window areas- John A Keel refers to window zones as areas where the veil is thin and multiple paranormal apparitions can appear.


He wrote about these ideas in his 1975 book The Eighth Tower: "This is a hypothetical spectrum of energies that are known to exist but that cannot be accurately measured with present-day instruments". 


Keel continues: “This super spectrum is the source of all paranormal manifestations ... it is extradimensional, meaning that it exists outside our own space-time continuum yet influences everything within our reality.” John Keel considered what others thought of as different phenomenon to all be one in the same or at least connected. 


General Sightings


“In 1971, Norton police sergeant Thomas Downy was driving along Winter Street in Mansfield toward his home in Easton. As he approached a place known locally as ‘Bird Hill’ in Easton at the edge of the swamp, he was suddenly confronted by a tremendous winged creature over six feet tall with a wingspan of eight to 12 feet,” Coleman said.


In 1976, a huge black ‘killer dog’ was reported in Abington within the Bridgewater Triangle by Abington firefighter Phillip Kane, who said it ripped the throats out of two of his ponies and terrorized the community for several weeks, Coleman said.


In 1993, there were a series of reports of a “large, light tan cat the size of a Great Dane” dubbed the “Mansfield Mystery Cat,” Coleman said.


UFOs


Every January, “spook lights — unexplained elusive balls of light — have been seen over the railroad tracks that run beside the Raynham Dog Track and through the swamp,” Coleman said.


In 1997, a “law enforcement officer working the night shift in Bridgewater saw a very large triangular UFO with three white and two red star-like lights,” Pittman said.


For two days and nights in 1970, Bridgewater and state police with attack dogs staged a hunt for a “giant bear,” even though no bears live in the area, following numerous reports of sightings of a hairy seven-foot-tall creature, Pittman said.


At 10 am on May 10, 1760, a "sphere of fire" was reported to hover over New England and emit a light so bright that is cast shadows in the morning sun. Reportedly, the light was seen from both Bridgewater and Roxbury.


Cryptids


Thunderbirds


"Since 1971, several sightings of phenomenally large, blackbirds, with wingspans that stretched from eight to twelve feet, have been reported as well. The first of these reports originated from Bird Hill in Hockomock Swamp. In 1984, two of these avian creatures were allegedly seen fighting in mid-air. 


Few traditional Wampanoag stories about the Thunder Bird have survived. The creature was described as an eagle large enough to carry off one of Moshup's children.


Due to the lack of data, it is no longer clear whether these birds were Thunderbirds as in Anishinaabe and Cree mythology, or whether they were giant wind birds like those in Wabanaki folklore. Today, many northeastern storytelling traditions have merged, and Wampanoag storytellers often tell Thunderbird stories from Ojibwe and other Algonquian sources.


"In 1980, Boston Magazine reported that police sergeant Thomas Downey spotted a six-foot-tall, winged creature while driving late at night on a country road. Some paranormal aficionados asserted that this was the mythical Thunderbird, prominent in local Native American mythology.


Other Cryptids


There is a legend of a large black dog that is known for eating two ponies.


Mansfield Mystery Cat is a legend of a large cat that stalks the area.


Ghosts


Also, nearby is the Anawan Rock, where Chief Anawan allegedly surrendered to the colonists, thereby bringing an end to King Phillip's War. According to local folklore, some people have reported seeing "ghost dancing" by the angry warrior spirits of Chief Anawan. If you visit Hockomock Swamp be prepared that cell service is spotty, GPS is glitchy, and it's very, very dense, so it's easy to get lost. In fact, the colonists called it "Devil's Swamp."


At Profile Rock in Freetown, a natural granite formation resembling a human face watches over the woods. Locals claim the natives believed the face to be an image of Chief Massasoit, Philip’s father, who was friendly to the newly arrived English. Today, crude graffiti mars the walls of the sacred cliff face.


There is a stretch along Route 44 in Seekonk where the "red-headed hitchhiker" has become a phenomenon. Motorists have reported seeing a man with long, red hair and a full beard walking along the roadside, but when they stop to pick him up, the man disappears. Others have allegedly reported driving through the spirit, and even having picked him up before his disappearance.


A ghostly phantom appears in Hockomock Swamp near Route 138.


From Freetown, a ghostly trucker is rumored to speed along the winding Copicut Road, blaring his horn and threatening passing motorists trying to run them off the road.


Explanations


Magnetized Soil

  • Enough to mess with electronics

  • Possibly enough to make humans hallucinate

  • We were unable to find out if the soil was magnetized but the Massachusetts government did have several articles about EMF fields around the state. Which is odd. I did look to see if other states had similar reports and they do not.

Native American Burial Grounds


There are several burial sites in Massachusetts but there is one just on the eastern side of Hockomock swamp. This could account for "ghost dancing" spirits.



Sources


[1] https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-massachusetts-came-to-have-its-own-bermuda-triangle

[2] https://www.paranormal-encyclopedia.com/b/bridgewater-triangle/

[3] https://maps.roadtrippers.com/trips/15922081

[4] https://www.enterprisenews.com/zz/news/20191009/boo-tricks-of-bridgewater-triangle

[5] https://themothman.fandom.com/wiki/John_Keel

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