Creepy Stories About The Bridgewater Triangle

June 4, 2023 People's Tonight 362 views

Laura Allan

You’ve no doubt heard of the Bermuda Triangle, but what about the Bridgewater Triangle? While no planes or ships have mysteriously disappeared there, the Bridgewater Triangle has its own creepy stories to tell. Located in a 200-square-mile area in southeastern Massachusetts, the Bridgewater Triangle has been known for centuries as a hot spot for UFO sightings, ghosts, curses, Native American lore, and more. The spooky stories from this region range from fascinating and amusing to downright gory and horrifying.

From vengeful ghosts to cult sacrifices, it’s time to turn out the lights, get under the covers, and prepare for some creepy Bridgewater stories that are sure to make you question your next trip to Massachusetts.


• A UFO Appeared In The Sky In 1760

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It was just another morning in New England in 1760 when a strange noise that no one could identify began echoing from the sky. Witnesses observed a strange glowing shape above, bright enough to cast a shadow in broad daylight. The light was reportedly seen in both Roxbury and Bridgewater, MA, by multiple people.

The local papers recorded it, and it became the very first UFO sighting in the Bridgewater Triangle. It was the first of many strange incidents to come.

• Sightings Of Mythical Thunderbirds Have Been Reported In The Area

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Certain Native American tribes believe in the thunderbird, a legendary, giant condor-like bird with great powers. In the Hockomock Swamp located in the Bridgewater Triangle, there have been numerous sightings of giant, pterodactyl-like creatures similar to thunderbirds. One sighting is of particular note.

In 1971, police sergeant Thomas Downy was driving near Bird Hill in Easton, MA, when he claimed to have seen a six-foot-tall creature with a wingspan nearly double its size. He watched the bird fly off and went to report it to the Easton Police. They laughed, but he’s stuck to his story.

• The Area Played A Huge Part In A Native American Conflict

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If you don’t believe in UFOs or Bigfoot, then maybe a little spooky history is more your speed. In 1675, Chief Metacom of the Wampanoag tribe, also known as King Philip, was allegedly on his deathbed after a bloody and fatalistic conflict. In what is now known as King Philip’s War, Native Americans tried to drive the English Colonists out of New England. Chief Metacom was slain in a swamp two years before the conflict’s end.

According to legend, he called out a curse upon the Bridgewater Triangle before perishing in the mud. Now, a dark curse hangs over the land and is often blamed for many of the area’s strange occurrences.

• There May Be A Vicious Cult Roaming The Woods

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When the police start to get involved, you know something is up. Beginning in the 1990s, the Freetown police found mutilated cows in nearby forests. All seem to have been slain in ritualistic manners, and it has been suggested that it is the work of Satanic cultists.

Those responsible for these mutilations were never caught, and no one knows to this day what group or individual was doing it.

• There Was A Mass UFO Sighting In 1972

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The first strange occurrence in the Bridgewater Triangle was a UFO sighting, so it makes sense that there are still many mysterious objects that show up in the sky even today. There have been photographs, news reports, and more dating back over 100 years ago, but one sighting, in particular, stands out.

On July 3, 1972, people in the South Shore area of Massachusetts looked up into the night sky and spotted a strange sight – a large triangular object that looked like a baseball diamond. It was reported to be translucent by many, and the local naval base received numerous calls inquiring about the object. To this day, no one has an answer as to what it was. The object was reportedly visible for over half an hour; at least 26 people confirmed seeing it.

• A Creepy Redheaded Hitchhiker Roams The Highways

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One of the most famous legends of the Bridgewater Triangle is of the Red Headed Hitchhiker on Route 44. As the man walked up the road on his way to find a pay phone, he saw a redheaded stranger. He asked the man for help, but the man was silent. Upon asking a second time, the man noticed that the stranger’s face was contorted and ghostly. Out of fright, the man ran back to the car to tell his wife, who he found standing outside the car, terrified. When he asked what was wrong, she said that she’d turned on the radio and heard deranged laughter and a taunting voice that called her by name.

There are several different versions of this tale, but this one is by far the spookiest.

• There Are Spheres Of Fire In The Sky

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Ever since the first UFO sighting in the Bridgewater Triangle, people have said they sometimes see a sphere of fire in the night sky so bright that it lights up entire towns.

Multiple witnesses spotted the balls of fire in 2011; 21 separate reports were filed.

• There Is A Serial Killer Still On The Loose

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Besides animal sacrifices in the swamps and woods of the Bridgewater Triangle, there have also been other cadavers found – human ones. In 2014, the two women were found in the woods near the border of Brockton, MA, and Abington, MA. Many of their body parts were severed, including a foot, a calf, and part of an arm. The cadavers were placed on top of one another, and there were signs of ritualistic activities. The case was never solved.

So, the question remains: is this the work of one deranged slayer, or has the cult that mutilates animals moved on to bigger game? Some blame the mysterious cultists, but the police have never given any credence to that claim.

• Children Have Disappeared, Never To Be Seen Again

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Multiple children have gone missing in the Bridgewater Triangle. And a few were never found. One story has a happier ending. Little Alden Johnson was playing with his sister when suddenly witnesses nearby heard a horrifying scream. When they went to see what was wrong, the boy was gone. Hundreds of volunteers and police searched for the boy – there was no trace of him. Twenty-four hours later, the boy just walked out of the woods with a bundle of mud and twigs and asked a rescuer if they would like to buy some flowers. He seemed healthy and said he had no memory of the past day.

The only thing he did remember was that he was compelled to go pick flowers because that would make him rich. No one knew where he went or how he was unharmed in the swamp overnight.

• A Ghost Trucker Terrorizes Motorists In Fall River

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Beware of the mad trucker of Copicut Road in Fall River, MA. Legend has it that there is a ghostly truck with a loud horn that terrorizes motorists, particularly tourists, at night. Witnesses have seen headlights coming towards them, heard the truck’s horn blast, and seen the driver in their rearview mirror.

Once they’ve gotten out of their cars to get a closer look, he disappears.

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Terrifying Real-Life Objects That Are Supposedly ‘Cursed’

Cryptids• Cryptids Are Said To Live In Lake Nippenicket

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In the Bridgewater Triangle, Lake Nippenicket is home to ghosts, UFOs, mysterious magical lights, and of course, cryptids. A cryptid is a mysterious, unidentified, and possibly paranormal animal, and this lake has plenty of them. Snakes so large they’ve messed with the local trout population have long been reported, as well as strange shapes that have been seen moving through the water.

There have even been reports of frogs raining down onto the lake. If you go fishing here, you never know what you might catch.

• More Than One Sideshow Performer Has Been Born There

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The area around the Bridgewater Triangle is the birthplace of two famous sideshow performers. The first, The Human Skeleton, was a man named Isaac W. Sprague who lived in the mid-1800s and was so skinny and odd-looking that he became the original “thin man” of circus fame. He weighed less than 43 pounds at the time of his passing.

The other is General Tom Thumb, who stood only 25 inches in tall. He did acts in costume as well as comedy and other routines.

• Bigfoot Is Said To Lurk In The Woods

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Most people think of Bigfoot as being located somewhere out west, however, folks of the Bridgewater Triangle make a pretty good case for him taking up residence in their area. Local business owners, media writers, and even law enforcement have all said they’ve seen a strange creature near the woods that looked like it was half-ape and half-man. In 1970, two police officers saw something they couldn’t explain.

The officers were sitting in their car when it suddenly began to lift off the ground. When they felt someone lifting the rear of their car, one of the officers put a spotlight on the offender and claimed it looked like a massive bear man. It then ran into the woods, but sightings continue to this day.

• The Ghosts Of Native American Warriors Dance At Profile Rock

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If you’re noticing a lot of Native American lore on this list, you’re onto something. Given that many were massacred here and that the land was considered holy to the Native Americans, it’s no wonder that their spirits are upset with the new residents, and their legends live on. One particular area where the legends loom large is Profile Rock near Freetown, MA.

The area was once considered sacred, and legend has it that you can see the ghosts of Native American warriors dancing there, scaring off any who venture too close. Given the bloody history of the Triangle, you probably want to give these folks their space.