The Bridgewater triangle scares everyone


Picture this: it’s just past midnight and you are driving alone on Route 44 in Rehoboth.

Suddenly, a man with red hair and a red flannel shirt leaps in front of your car. You hit the brakes and prepare for an accident, but an accident never happens. You get out of the car and look at the road behind you, but there is no one there.

How strange, do you think. Or maybe not.

After all, you are in the belly of the Bridgewater Triangle.

An area of ​​around 200 square miles loosely tied by Abington, Freetown, and Rehoboth to its points, the Triangle is said to be home to a who’s who of paranormal beings who, like the “red-haired hitchhiker,” have produced enough dizzying dating stories. . to fill a small library.

It’s a place, locals and longtime visitors will tell you, where the odd is normal, the repulsive is the allure, and the inexplicable is almost always part of the explanation.

“The earth has something that’s just spoiled, it’s not fair,” said Christopher Balzano, a folklorist who has written several books on the Triangle. “It’s not just the trees, it’s not just the grass and it’s not just the creatures that live there. The earth seems alive.

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The Triangle was developed in the 1970s by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, who Balzano said was investigating “cases of great oddity” in and around Hockomock Swamp. The name is a play about the Bermuda Triangle, Balzano said, and after Coleman released his findings, the Massachusetts area’s popularity “took off” among thrill seekers and investigators.

Since then, the landscapes that make up the Bridgewater Triangle have become one of New England’s most famous haunted attractions. An eponymous documentary on the Triangle premiered in 2013 and FX is currently developing a horror TV series based on the region.

Reports from the Triangle include Pukwudgies and Thunderbirds, Pterodactyls and Giant Snakes, UFOs and Bigfoot, and of course, encounters with ghosts. The Bridgewater State University campus, which is in the Triangle, is said to be haunted.

A cryptic location is Anawan Rock in the Freetown State Forest, said Balzano, site of the capture that led to the end of King Philip’s war in 1676. Balzano said he saw “ghost fires” near the boulder and had been spoken to and pushed into the back by unknown beings there.

“It’s all there, which is one of the reasons people are so drawn to the investigation,” Balzano said of the Triangle. “It confirms their own ideas about the paranormal.”

Many people point to King Philip’s War – a conflict between English settlers and Native Americans that is considered the bloodiest per capita war in US history – as the spark to haunt the Triangle. Fighting took place in the 1670s in southern New England.

But Bridgewater Triangle experts such as Balzano and Tim Weisberg, host of the “Spooky Southcoast” radio show, say the paranormal phenomena in the region are likely caused by the power and energy of the region itself, and not by a single traumatic event.

“Everything that is here and everything that includes the Triangle is something that has always been here,” Weisberg said. “I think all of these things that people are looking at, whether it’s King Philip’s war or what have you got, are really just symptoms of the Triangle.”

Weisberg said he had many unexplained encounters during investigations in and around the region. At War Memorial Park in West Bridgewater, for example, he said he saw “shadow people” – three-dimensional figures in pitch black – moving through a tunnel.

“It’s like a paranormal Disney World,” Weisberg said. “The Triangle sucks you in and gets under your skin, so it’s pretty easy to get obsessed with it. It’s pretty easy to become someone that’s constantly drawn to it.

For experts, the Triangle is also appealing because its stories make people addicted to Massachusetts history, said Darcy Lee, author of a book on ghosts in Plymouth.

“Ghost hunting in the Bridgewater Triangle gives all of us local historians a reason to tell the story of local history,” Lee said. “In particular that of the war of King Philippe, which is not very publicized in the history books. “

Plus, she said, there’s nothing wrong with a good ghost. The Triangle can certainly give you that.

“Isn’t it fun to be a little scared sometimes?” Lee said. “Some people think it’s fun.”

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