The Bridgewater Triangle is an area in southeastern Massachusetts which encompasses approximately 200 square miles and includes the three Bridgewater towns (Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater), hence its name. The name was coined by Loren Coleman, perhaps one of the best-known paranormal and cryptozoological researchers, in the 1970’s, and he included The Bridgewater Triangle in his book Mysterious America.
The Hockomock Swamp (the 2nd largest wetlands area in the state) is also completely contained within the boundaries of the Triangle and has a centuries old connection with the local Wampanoag Indian tribe, the name Hockomock translating from the native Algonquin as “the place where spirits dwell.” The Hockomock was a central location during King Philip’s War.
Freetown-Fall River State Forest is also within the bounds of the Triangle and is often in the news as the site of grisly ritual murders, strange occurrences, and cult activity. The Wampanoag tribe maintains a 227-acre reservation within the state forest.
Lake Nippenicket (“The Nip”) is a 354-acre lake that is part of the Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area. Many strange sightings and occurrences have taken place in and around The Nip.
Dighton Rock is a 40-ton boulder which used to be situated in riverbed of the Taunton River (a major waterway which empties out into Mount Hope Bay into the Atlantic). The boulder was moved in 1963 to its present location, and a structure was built around the rock. This is now Dighton Rock State Park. Dighton Rock is significant for its petroglyphs, and various theories have been proposed over the last 300 years to explain the origins of the strange markings – from indigenous Indian tribes to Portuguese explorers to Norsemen to Chinese travelers.
Many strange sightings and occurrences have taken place within The Bridgewater Triangle including:
- UFO sightings
- Indian curses
- Bottomless pits
- Animal mutilations
- Black panthers
- Devil dogs/Hellhounds
- Mysterious disappearances
- Urban legends
- Satanic rituals
- Murders (in 1978, a teenager, Mary Lou Arruda, was found murdered and tied to a tree in the forest; in 1979, an admitted “Satanic cult” murdered three prostitutes in the forest, mutilating their bodies and in one instance using one of the skulls as a ball)
- Grave robberies
- Black helicopters
- Giant snakes
- Ghostlights and foxfire
Author’s Note: The author has had first-hand experiences in the Bridgewater Triangle including a thunderbird sighting, personal knowledge of bottomless pits, and what she believes to have been a cryptid sighting at The Nip as well as an experience of unexplained phenomena also at The Nip (involving a crowd of people dancing around a bonfire who mysteriously disappeared when she and a friend arrived at the area, then strangely reappeared when they returned to their previous vantage point across the lake).