Fwd = [UASR]> Whatever happened to... The Bermuda Triangle
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Original Subject: [UASR]> Whatever happened to... The Bermuda Triangle
Original Date: 30 Mar 2001 07:50:12 +0200
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Fortean Times 145, May 2001, p. 66
Whatever happened to
22. The Bermuda Triangle
The 17(th) of December 1999 saw the death of Jean Dion, the communications
officer who was on duty the day Flight 19 'disappeared' into the infamous
Bermuda Triangle. Although first named by fortean writer Vincent Gaddis
in 1965, the 'Bermuda Triangle' was the paranormal topic of the 1970s,
spawning several best-selling books and at least one unwatchable B movie.
Its association with the disappearance of dozens of planes and ships has
been blamed on sea monsters, Atlantean weapons, and regions of gas
bubbles. The Triangle itself is often described as a UFO 'window area'
yet, for all its fame, it is scarcely mentioned today. It is almost as if
the Bermuda Triangle itself has vanished into thin air.
The neglect stems, in part, from 1976, when *The Bermuda Triangle
Mystery: Solved*, an analysis of many of the original claims by Larry
Kusche, found that many ships and planes had not in fact vanished
'"without trace."' Some had long since had their wrecks located; others
had not disappeared in '"calm seas"' but, according to weather reports,
had gone down in raging gales. Most perplexing of all was the fact that
many disappearances did not occur within the boundary of the Triangle ---
Bermuda to the Florida Keys to Puerto Rico --- but sometimes thousands
of miles away. The *Mary Celeste*, for example, was found drifting off
the Azores but has been included by careless writers in the roll call of
the Triangle's victims.
The decline in interest has been due, also, to a lack of any new
inexplicable disappearances; eg., most of the cases used by Charles
Berlitz et al, happened before the 1960s. Since then advances in radio,
radar and satellite navigation have led to far more efficient search and
rescue procedures so that very few wrecks or plane crashes now remain
Consequently, in the last couple of decades, only a handful of plane
crashes have been 'linked' to the Triangle --- including one off the
Dominican Republic in February 1996 --- and to a few unfortunate,
but quite explicable, marine accidents. None of these involve any
actual objects or people that simply vanished without trace. One
hopeful story came from *The Adelaide Advertiser* of July 1997;
bearing the headline 'Couple Lost in Bermuda Triangle' it concerned
the discovery of the 17m ketch *Ruth* whose German owners were
missing. The condition of the yacht was described as being '"as if
someone had just stepped off five minutes before with every intention
of returning."' This *Mary Celeste* style mystery was solved
satisfactorily when the owners were found alive and well in
Dusseldorf. Their yacht had broken free from its mooring in the
Canary Islands months earlier.
Inactivity in the Triangle has not hindered the advancement of fresh
theories. The 'gas bubbles' idea --- see FT143:6 --- came from the
late Dr Donald Davidson who believed that the release of large volumes
of gas from seabed sediments could lower the viscosity of the sea causing
ships to sink in a matter of seconds.
Author David Jungclaus claims to have been taken aboard a UFO and shown
an Atlantean city beneath the Bermuda Triangle where he met an advanced
race of beings. Equally unverifiable is Dr Michael Persinger's attempt to
link geo-magnetic anomalies in the Triangle to 'micro-wormholes' which
make the region a 'stargate' to another dimension. The Triangle has also
been linked to the Earth's 'crystal grid"', according to Bruce Cathie,
disrupting weather and navigation equipment.
Modern rumours suggest the Triangle has moved further up the US coast,
precipitating four plane crashes in as many years --- TWA 800, Swissair,
John F. Kennedy and EgyptAir --- off Long Island. Maybe the Bermuda
Triangle isn't stuck in a 1970s timewarp after all.
D. Jungclaus, *The City Beneath the Bermuda Triangle* (Lost World
Papers: *Cape Cod Times*, 18 Dec 1999; *Yahoo News* (Asia), 2 Nov 1999;
*D.Telegraph*, 8 Feb 1996, 16 Sept, 30 Dec 1997, 11 Apr 1998; *Atlantis
Rising* (issues 7 & 18); *Adelaide Advertiser*, 16 July 1997.
< http://www.sids.com/mysteries/thebermudatriangle >
History, theories, US Navy reports and links
Charles Berlitz, *The Bermuda Triangle* (1975)
Lawrence Kusche, *The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved* (1981)
Terry W. Colvin, Sierra Vista, Arizona (USA) < fortean1@... >
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