I tell you, some days I feel like a magnet for serendipity and everything weird just falls into my lap.

Today was one of those days. I was researching an urban legend of a region of Massachusetts called the “Bridgewater Triangle” when I couldn’t help but notice the same descriptions coming up that other sites around the US also report. I used to think these clusters of sightings and experiences were relegated to just the west, but apparently the east can get them too.

I love a puzzle, so my goal here is to write up these places, their reported events, and then check into the geology of the land and the history of it, as well. There are actually more places than these, but I looked for ones that had multiple similar occurrences.

I’d really like to get the opinion of my readers on these findings. Speculation is a fun hobby and I know ya’all are super great at that activity, so bring it on. I think we have a real earth mystery on our hands. I’ll put my 2-cents worth in at the end of this post.

Bridgewater Triangle (Massachusetts)

This region is a 200 square mile area with a swamp smack dab in the middle. The swamp by early settlers was referred to as “The Devil’s Swamp.” There are lots of Indian burial grounds here and many conflicts between settlers and the Native’s. The land is granite. They have sand and gravel mining here.

Reports include:

Will-o-the-wisps (phosphorescent lights)
Men in Black/helicopters
Strange beasts
Animal mutilations

If you want more in the creep factor, read this Wikipedia entry about it: “Among the recorded homicides are over a dozen confirmed murders in the forest over 1978 to 1988, as well as on-going police investigations in discovered mutilated remains of cattle and goats.Another gruesome discovery by Freetown police, following the report by the victim of a previous sexual assault at the site, was an underground bunker otherwise hidden from view. Upon investigation police found a number of strange objects, including small chairs with belts or restraints, seemingly made for children. Also found within the boundaries of the Bridgewater Triangle is the Dighton Rock. The source of great controversy, the rock contains a number of inscriptions by possibly pre-Columbian visitors ranging from Vikings, to Portuguese to Phoenicians (characteristics of each of these languages can be found on the rock.) ”

Brown Mountain Lights (North Carolina)

The Cherokee Indians 800 years ago reported these lights and they persist today. They are described in many different ways and have been studied by the geological survey. Still, no answers yet on what cause these lights along the Blue Ridge Parkway around Morgantown, North Carolina. The land is granite. There are gold mines in this area.

Reported things are:

Strange lights of varying color, size, duration, and amount
UFO sightings
Static electricity/lightheaded feelings

Skinwalker Ranch Utah

This ranch is on ancient Indian ground. Local Native Americans are very wary of going to that area. They don’t like the land at all, and with good reason. The owners of the ranch experienced a wide variety of strange and horrifying events depicted in the book “Hunt for the Skinwalker” (great book, by the way—cannot put it down!) The land here is sedimentary with coal and petroleum. There is petroleum and natural gas mining in this area.

Reported things are:

UFO sightings
Rift in time/space
Strange creatures
Animal mutilations
Strange lights
Crop circles

Wikipedia creeps it up better than I could when they wrote: “Some Utes who live in the region believe the phenomena are related to a Navajo curse. Their folklore tells that the Navajo sent Skinwalkers to punish the Ute. The ranch is off limits to the Ute as they are reported to say, "The ranch is in the path of the Skinwalker."[2] Junior Hicks, a retired schoolteacher and local researcher living in the Uinta region, claims contacts amongst the Ute have told him that the Skinwalker lives in Dark Canyon, beyond the ranch, within a cave decorated with centuries-old petroglyph depicting Skinwalkers[citation needed]. Another general explanation is the intrusion of alternate realities, parallel universes, higher dimensions, or rips in spacetime, which may be connected with the orange portal. Both the Apache and the Hopi have folk traditions which might be interpreted as depicting travel between different dimensions.[1] This explanation might explain the diverse array of phenomena encountered at the ranch, but is problematic given the current lack of understanding about time travel and quantum physics.”

Lucky Point (Indiana)

This is an area of southern Indiana known for strange paranormal phenomenon. Known as a great place to look for UFOs, this area also has reported many other weird occurrences. Locals believe this might have something to do with Indians and burial grounds. Strange creatures, cattle mutilations, weird lights, and UFOs. What more could you ask for? The land is shale and sandstone. There is coal mining in this region.

Reported here are:

Spook lights/orange ball light
Cattle mutilations

Other places exist, such as Marfa Lights, Cleburne County Alabama, Sedona, and more, but these ones really caught my attention for their similarities. Do you note a running Native American/geology theme? Granite, sandstone, mining areas, and limestone—all very related to haunted places.

Theories anyone?


  1. Another great post, thanks for all your research, I am learning about a lot of new things.
    Please check out my blog and take a look at the photos i have posted. I can't make out what's in the second photo. In talking with my husband, he thinks it may be a person. But I'm sure I waited for everyone to be off the staircase. I was really surprised to this on the photo. What do you think?

  2. Perhaps something to do with the conductive properties of the rocks, minerals, and metals in the areas.

    For example, it's well known that metal is a good conductor of electricity. So perhaps various mixtures of minerals, rocks, and metals can conduct other energies besides just electricity. Maybe even energies that we either haven't discovered yet, or that we don't understand fully, such as those on the quantum level.

    Or perhaps that geologic makeup in those locations act as gigantic batteries. Energy gets accumulated and stored naturally, but certain forces, beings, and phenomenon are able to draw from that stored energy.

  3. Sandra; I'll definitely check your post.

    Naveed; I'm thinking along those lines too. The spook lights are common in a lot of places and almost always associated with a certain geology, but for some weird reason Indian tales are intermixed with the explanations. Makes me wonder if Indians were like other ancients who just knew where leylines and earth energies were and hence congregated in such areas for spiritual visions. I'm going to hopefully do some more in depth research to try to find out other commonalities they might have and perhaps include other sites around the world. I find it endlessly interesting.

  4. Thanks for the list. I have been aware of the Bridgewater Triangle and the Skinwalker Ranch for a year and a half now, and even spied around for a couple of weeks at the Triangle last year when I lived in Framingham, with nothing to show but a nagging feeling that the Ryan Ironworks guarded gate behind the dog tracks seemed a little overkill.

    Word of advice: if you like these kinds of stories and the Skinwalker Ranch especially, go out and get the book by Knapp and Kelleher. It's a wonderful read and relatively comprehensive on the phenomena.

  5. Can't wait to see what you find on these. I've always been curious about why some areas are targets for High Strangeness while others are completely mundane and boring.

  6. Christopher, thanks. Yeah, I read the "Hunt for the Skinwalker" and ended up doing a post on it because it was such a riveting book. Even if you only believe 1% of it happened, it's really terrifying. I'd like to get some more time in these places. I've spent a good deal in Sedona, but I'd like to check out these other places. I'm hoping to find more places that have reports of the same sort of things and get a list going and find out their commonalities. It'll be sort of like what I just did with 50 haunted places that I studied on my blog.

    Yeah, there's just some weird places in the country. I felt it when I was in Mt. St. Helens too. Don't know why, but it was distinctly an earth-power feeling. I wonder if tectonics have to do with it too? I should check fault lines, as well, to be thorough.

  7. btw...i love your tattoo!!! where did you have it done?

  8. Joyce;
    Thanks. I am an artist, but I didn't trust myself with capturing what I wanted, so I had my best friend design it (an artist). I told her, I wanted it to look like it fell on me while I walked through the forest. I wanted the changing colors because orange, yellow, and green are my favorite colors and because I thought that the changing leaf coming from an oak tree (strong family) drifted away and changed from my family (lost a lot of family members to lifestyle issues) and I've always been really really different than them, so I wanted to represent that, oh, and I love autumn--no duh! I had the tattoo guy tilt it so it looked askew and he took a bit of creative license putting the minty color behind it. I actually didn't watch him while he did it because I wanted it to be a surprise. I was kind of not sure about the mint color but then I realized my favorite image in the world is one I have of an autumn leaf captured in an icy creek surface and since I'm a water freak, it seemed appropriate. He said he did it to make it pop from my skin since it's a lot like my skin tones. From a distance, that background hint of color really makes it snap. I'm so glad I go it. It was important to me to have autumn with me year-round.

  9. Autumn, have you read any of Linda Godfrey's books? In "Hunting The American Werewolf" and also in "The Beast Of Bray Road" she looks for commonalities in the areas of "Dogman" sightings. Of course, WI and MI are her main areas of research. She's found elements such as Indian mounds, bodies of water, and (of course) heavily forested and wooded areas seem to be common in sightings not only in "her" region, but in other reported sightings from other states as well.


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