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The Bridgewater Triangle: The Focal Point Of Paranormal Phenomena In America

Updated September 15, 2017 11.2k views15 items

Even if you don’t spend your days digging around the Internet for paranormal phenomena, you’ve heard of the Bermuda Triangle. But what if you were to discover that one of the many vile vortices was right in your own backyard, and that it was one of the catalysts for much of America’s paranormal activity?

The Bridgewater Triangle is one of the oldest and most compactly haunted areas of America. It doesn’t just have a haunted forest, and it’s not just home to phantom fires and UFOs, it’s a place that’s so haunted that it literally has everything (except vampires, oddly enough).

The history of the Bridgewater Triangle is dense with tragedy, beginning with a bloody war that saw the Native Americans of the area get wiped out in order to make way for English colonists. That fact alone should tell you how haunted the Triangle is, but as you’ll come to discover through the history of this vortex of evil, there a multitude of reasons as to why this area is so spooky.

Keep reading to find out why the Bridgewater Triangle is covered in curses, and how it’s affecting the rest of the country, either psychically or literally. Then go down the rabbit hole and check out Laura Allan’s collection of Bridgewater Triangle stories to get a more in-depth look at the terror that consumes the everyday life of New Englanders who live near this portal to a hell dimension.

  • The Region Is Cursed Because Of A Stolen Wampum Belt

    After King Philip's War ended, colonial forces took whatever they wanted from the native people, including a prized "wampum belt" that told the story of the Wampanoag tribe. As far as tribal theft, this belt had no monetary value, but stealing it was akin to erasing the history of the people.

    According to Captain Benjamin Church, the belt was "curiously wrought with wompom, being nine inches broad, wrought with black and white in various figures and flower, and pictures of many birds and beasts."

    In 1677, the belt was sent to the King of England, but it supposedly never arrived, and has been lost forever - possibly at sea. Many paranormal researchers in the area believe that the lost wampum belt is one of the main causes for the area's spooky activity, and that this kind of theft of native goods may be one of the reasons that there are so many haunted hot spots across America. Some investigators believe that if the belt is ever returned to the remaining Wampanoag people, that King Philip's curse will be lifted.

  • Pukwudgies Are Spiteful Troublemakers

    According to the Wampanoag tribe, the Freetown Forest is said to be home to a race of elven humanoid creatures known as Pukwedgies, a classic folktale creature that you do not want to run into when you're camping. Pukwudgies are troll-like little creeps that are around 2 to 3 feet in height, with smooth, hairy grey skin that glows in the moonlight. Then there's the bad news.

    Pukwedgies are notorious tricksters who love to cause chaos whereever they go. They intentionally startle people, throw rocks or sand in their faces, push people around when they're not looking, kidnap them, throw them from cliffs; basically if it's an awful thing to do, they do it. Native peoples in the area used the myth of the Pukwudgie to explain various mishaps in their community, much in the same way that the Greeks assigned a god to literally everything. 

    Despite essentially being a mythology that's ascribed to all the annoying things that happen in your everyday life, there's something to be said for the possibility that a "puckwudgie" is simply an intelligent haunting that acts out whenever someone gets too close. While this kind of paranormal activity is regarded as being caused by a pukwudgie in Massachusetts, it could just as easily be known as classic Pope Lick Monster behavior when you go a little further south, or Loveland Frog mishaps if you move to the midwest.

  • Spooky Rocks Got Their Start In The Bridgewater Triangle

    If you think you have a spooky rock where you're from, then you should check out the spooky rocks in the Bridgewater Triangle. The most famous of these rocks is "Profile Rock," a large stone that got its name because it looks like a face in profile. Members of local Native American tribes believe that the face is that of Sachem, father of King Philip. Many members of the local tribes believe that Philip spent the night below this rock prior to being captures near the end of King Philip's War, and that because this was where he spent his final free evenings, the area is haunted with his presence.

    Many people have seen the ghost of a Native American wearing full war dress standing at the top of the rock as well as ghost fires that seem to be burning heavily from far away, but when the viewer arrives at the fire, there's nothing there. This is another case of the land being so heavily imbued with a dark energy from a terrible massacre that the area can't help but be haunted with some kind of residual energy. 

  • Lizzie Borden's House Still Terrifies Residents

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    Most fans of scary Americana (Scaricana? Scamericana?) know the rhyme about possible axe murderer Lizzie Bordon:

    Lizzie Borden took an axe

    And gave her mother forty whacks.

    When she saw what she had done,

    She gave her father forty-one.

    In reality, her mother suffered closer to 18 blows, while her father was hit with 11, but that doesn't matter because the story that's built up around the Borden case is far more interesting than what actually occurred. And who is splitting hairs about how many blows occurred in an axe murder?

    There's still a disagreement about whether or not Borden killed her parents, Lizzie was acquitted, but there's no argument that tension wasn't high in the Borden household after a series of family deaths, and an argument over Borden's father making one of the worst land deals in history, all of which could have led to a serious residual haunting once the Borden family was murdered. On top of all of that, the house is in the Bridgewater Triangle, which had been the sight of a bloody genocide just 200 years before. 

    Whatever you want to call it, there's a bad energy at the Borden house, and it's inspired people from all over the country to visit, and maybe even given a few people ideas about how to dispatch of their own pesky family.

    According to someone on Trip Advisor, the Lizzie Bordon house is the "most haunted" house they've ever visited, and  Lee-ann Wilber, a proprietor of the B&B, said it’s not unusual for guests to run away from the inn in the middle of the night. “Sometimes I think some come in already worked up about it,” she said. “It could be something as simple as a light bulb burns out, and their mind starts going into overdrive. Some guests scare themselves out of here.”

    Could it be that we manifest our own hauntings? Or is there something about the Bridgewater Triangle that amplifies whatever residual evil is in the area?