The Deadly Bermuda Triangle -


Also known as The Devil’s Triangle, refers to the tragedy-prone area of fifty miles of ocean, located between Florida and the Bahamas, where more than 200 people have been lost without a trace. The official explanation given by authorities blames freak storms, which seems plausible, but doesn’t explain why ships and airplanes seem to be swallowed up whole, vanishing from the earth.

The earliest recorded ship to suffer such a fate was the vessel, the Rosalie in 1840, and the last known ship was a yacht by the name of Connemara IV in 1956.

The first reported airplane disappearance was an eerie occurance that happened on December 5, 1945. On a routine, 2 hour patrol off Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 5 avenger fighters disappeared completely, after reporting to the control tower that their instruments were going crazy, and that everything is wrong, strange…even the ocean looked strange. The tower was puzzled… the planes should be able to see the sun now set low in the sky. Radio contact became more and more difficult. Finally, a Martin Mariner plane with a crew of 13 headed out to the planes’ last known position.. About 20 minutes later, there was a bright, orange flash in the sky, and no trace was ever found of the 5 avenger planes or the Martin Mariner plane.

In April of 1952, One man, Gerald Hawkes, had a strange experience in his plane while flying from Idlewild (now Kennedy) Airport to Bermuda, and lived to tell about it. During a clear-skied, windless late afternoon, Hawkes began his trip. Suddenly, his plane dropped 200 ft, like he fell down a lift-shaft in the air. His plane then shot up again. This pattern began again, like a giant hand was moving his plane up and down, his wings flapping like a bird. To make matters worse, they couldn’t make radio contact with either Florida or Bermuda, and had no idea where they were, because of instrumentation problems. Luckily for Hawkes, they finally made contact with a radio ship, and were able to get their bearings. Hawkes thought that perhaps he was "caught in an area where time and space seem to disappear."

A journalist, Vincent Gaddis wrote a book about mysterious occurrences that have happened at sea, called "Invisible Horizons." In the last chapter, Gaddis speculates that there may be "a space-time continua that may exist around us on the earth, interpenetrating our known world."

Some believe that on the surface of the earth, their are whirlpools "where gravity and terrestrial magnetism are weaker for some unknown reason. Aliens from outer space may know of these whirlpools and pick up humans from them for further study.

Ivan Sanderson made an interesting discovery. While looking on a map of the world, he discovered that all the areas where strange disappearances at sea had occurred were all shaped like "lozenges," and surrounded the globe in two rings, each located between 30 degrees C and 40 degrees C, both North and South of the equator. These 10 funny places were 72 degrees C apart. Interestingly, earthquake specialist discovered that Sanderson’s "lozenges" matched his map of seismic disturbance areas, that are located in kind of a trough that encircles the core of the earth, which "determined the direction of seismic activity."

Their conclusion that if the weird occurrences were caused by whirlpools, they were perfectly normal whirlpools caused by the earth’s tendency to "burp" on occasion.

Charles Berlitz came out with a book on the Bermuda Triangle, speculating creatively about the possible explanations of the disappearances involving UFO’s, space-time warps caused by magnetic vortex (a la the Philadelphia Project), intelligent aliens, etc. While low on scientific precision, it became a huge hit with the public masses.

Some important clues to this mystery can be gleaned from the experiences of those who have escaped the clutches of the Bermuda Triangle. In 1964, on a return trip from Nassau, on his way to Miami, Florida charter pilot, Chuck Wakely all of a sudden noticed a faint glow around the wing tips of his plane, at 8,000 feet. As the glow increased in brightness to a blinding level, his electronic control instruments went haywire, causing him to fly the plane manually. As the glow decreased he was able to gain control of his instruments.

In 1966, a tugboat captain, Don Henry was on his way from Puerto Rico to Fort Lauderdale on a clear afternoon. Suddenly the compasses on his tug began to spin wildly as a strange darkness descended on them and the horizon couldn’t be seen. Water was coming in all directions, and their electrical power failed completely. A dense fog covered their tug. Luckily, their engine kept going and they moved out of the fog. Looking back, the fog was densely concentrated in a solid block, "a bank." Inside this area, the sea was boiling. Outside this area, the sea was calm.

The fact is that our earth’s magnetic field isn’t "symmetrical and precise," but has many pitfalls and abnormalities, tied to perhaps the movement of the earth’s molten core, acting much like sun spots. Such earth quakes in our magnetic field would cause symptoms experienced by the tug boat captain and the charter airplane pilot.

This theory deserves further investigation. With Satellites spinning 150 miles above the earth, scientists could observe these outbursts of magnetic activity, and could learn to predict when they would happen, which would prevent any more tragic incidents, or scary experiences that cause nightmares in these "funny places."

Data Sources include: The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved by Colin
Wilson & Damon Wilson and Mysteries of the Unexplained from Reader's Digest.