Whether you believe the Bermuda Triangle is a cursed region or simply a really good urban legend, there is no denying the mysterious past that hangs over it. Nearly all travelers by sea and air who venture into the region, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, have the mysterious Bermuda Triangle looming in the back of their head. In this article, you will learn some of the theories behind the unknown.
What is the Bermuda Triangle?
The Bermuda Triangle represents a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is here that more than a handful of aircraft and water vessels have supposedly disappeared without a trace. The popular thought about the region is that it holds some sort of paranormal, extraterrestrial, or magical power.
How Did It All Start?
The concept of the Bermuda Triangle didn’t appear out of thin air, it had to start somewhere. The earliest claim that the Bermuda region was responsible for strange disappearances dates back to 1950. On September 16, an Associated Press article written by E.V.W. Jones was published. In 1952, Fate magazine published a short article by George X. Sand titled “Sea Mystery At Our Back Door,” which mentioned lost planes and ships. The article spoke of the missing Flight 19, which involved five United States Navy TBM Avenger bombers who were on a training mission.
It was Sand’s article that started to highlight the triangular area that many will later attribute to playing a role in the disappearance of planes and ships. In an April 1962 issue of American Legion Magazine, a quote linked to the flight leader during the mission was printed: “We are entering white water, nothing seems right. We don’t know where we are, the water is green, no white.”
In Sand’s article, he suggested that the supernatural played a role in the Flight 19 incident. This was the first time that such a claim was made. A 1964 issue of Argosy, an article titled “The Deadly Bermuda Triangle” by Vincent Gaddis made the argument that Flight 19 and other disappearances were involves in a pattern of strange events that took place in the region.
The following year, Gaddis published a book called ‘Invisible Horizons,’ which further expanded upon his article. The number of books surrounding the Bermuda Triangle continued to increase, including:
John Wallace Spencer , Limbo of the Lost (1969)
Charles Berlitz , The Bermuda Triangle (1974)
Richard Winer , The Devil’s Triangle (1974)
They all blamed incidents occurring in the region as being connected to the supernatural.
However, other researchers and scientists would come forward with many different theories as to how to explain the Bermuda Triangle phenomena. They would include malfunctioning navigation equipment and poor weather conditions. In “Larry Kusche and Possible Bermuda Triangle Explanations,” you will encounter theories that go beyond the supposed link to the supernatural.