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The Massachusetts version of the Bermuda Triangle

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  October 23, 2013 12:45 PM

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That triangle off of Bermuda gets more attention, but it turns out that Massachusetts has its own three-sided region of paranormal activity. A new documentary, "The Bridgewater Triangle," chronicles decades of weird activity (including UFO sightings, Bigfoot alerts, and unexplained, bloodless cow slaughters) in a 200-square-mile area in southeastern Massachusetts. According to the film's website, "The triangle’s traditional borders are revealed by connecting the dots between the town of Abington to the North, the town of Freetown to the Southeast, and the town of Rehoboth to the Southwest," an area that encompasses the Hockomock Swamp and the "infamous" Freetown/Fall River State Forest. The well-produced trailer (below) features a parade of old local newspaper headlines ("Searchers Baffled in Hunt for Girl") along with interviews with cryptozoologists and testimony from local eyewitnesses, one of whom drops this incisive comment: "whatever it is," he says, "we keep talking about this region for some reason."

"The Bridgewater Triangle" is directed by Massachusetts natives Aaron Cadieux and Manny Famolare. The next screening (after tonight's sold-out event at Uplifting Connections in Bridgewater) is Monday, 7:30 pm, at Bridgewater State University.

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