Vermont’s Bennington Triangle has a fascinating history. It’s a lovely place to hike, but it’s not without significant dangers. Like the Bermuda Triangle, people vanish without explanation in the Bennington Triangle.
The “triangle” phenomena are interesting to study. The most famous of these locations is, of course, the Bermuda Triangle.
However, the trouble with the Bermuda Triangle is (a) that location is huge and mostly over the water, and (b) it has been so frequently researched, there’s a massive amount of information to sift through to find any patterns… or any angle or explanation that’s been overlooked. All we can say is: We don’t know why it’s so strange.
Another triangle, the Bridgewater Triangle (MA), offers some interesting quirks that haven’t been fully explored, but the area is densely populated. That’s both a plus (lots of eyewitnesses) and a minus (many locations are difficult to access or on private property). In addition, sensational headlines and a lurid history sometime attract thrill-seekers and people who think it’s funny to terrify others.
We have enough challenges in paranormal research. Frankly, we don’t need stupid people making our work more difficult. Personally, I’m not impressed enough with the Bridgewater Triangle to explore it after dark.
The Bennington Triangle (VT) has remained under the radar for many people. I’ve deliberately avoided saying much about it, but as ghost hunting is becoming less trendy, I’m more comfortable talking about it now. Bennington’s relative isolation also makes it a less-accessible location for thrill seekers. In addition, it’s not really a ghost hunters’ kind of site; a ghostly encounter might be possible, but that’s not the main reason paranormal researchers quietly study Bennington and vicinity.
For the original, most intriguing article about the Bennington Triangle, view this archived link.
Wikipedia gives more geographic information, at Bennington Triangle.
Also check the Virtual Vermonter stories about the Bennington Triangle.
It was no surprise when I learned that author Shirley Jackson (author of “The Haunting of Hill House,” the basis of my favorite fiction-based ghost movie) chose to live there. I’m not sure that I would. If real gateways to other dimensions exist, the Bennington Triangle is probably one of them. I’m happy to do most of my Bennington Triangle research off-site.
The links I’ve listed are the tip of the iceberg. The stories that come out of the Bennington Triangle… they’re not like any other stories I’ve heard in the New England area. Some of them are terrifying, simply because they make no sense. Even more strange: The people who share their first-person Bennington and Glastenbury stories are as credible as any I’ve met. These aren’t the kinds of people you can dismiss as over imaginative, delusional, pathological liars, attention-seekers, or substance abusers.
Most of them seem uncomfortable describing their encounters. Then, once they start sharing the details, it’s like they’re reliving the experience. They get pale, break out in perspiration, and tremble a little. Part-way into the story, they go silent, shrug, and say, “I’ve said enough.” After that, you can’t get another word out of them… not about the Bennington Triangle, anyway.
At a later date, I may post more of my own research. The deeper you look into this strange phenomenon, the weirder it gets.