"Bennington Triangle" is a nickname given by paranormal author Joseph A. Citro to denote an area of southwestern Vermont within which at least five or as many as ten people have disappeared between 1920 and 1950.This "mystery triangle" centered around Glastenbury Mountain and includes some or most of the area of the towns immediately surrounding it, especially Bennington, Woodford, Shaftsbury, and Somerset.
Glastenbury and its neighboring township Somerset were both once moderately thriving logging and industrial towns, but began declining toward the late 19th century and are now essentially ghost towns,unincorporated by an act of the state legislature in 1937. The Bennington Triangle also has been a hotspot for UFO activity, Big Foot sightings, and strange lights and sounds. Other sources do seem to support that such folklore does appear to date back as far as the late 19th century. This includes the local folk belief that Native Americans regarded the Glastenbury area as "cursed" and avoided it, as well as tales of hairy "wild men" and other strange beasts in the woods.
Missing People in The Bennington Triangle:
1945- Middie Rivers was serving as a mountain guide in the area on November 12, 1945. When he was guiding his group back to their camp, he got ahead of the bunch and was never seen again. The event happened near the Long Trail Road, an area that 75-year-old Middie was presumably familiar with. Police and volunteers searched for the man, but no clue to his fate was ever found.
1949 - Three Hunters went missing in the area around 1949, but there is little evidence to back up the claims.
1949 - James E. Teford got on a bus in St. Albans, by the time the bus reached Bennington, he was gone and never to be seen again. There is no evidence that supports that he actually went missing in the Bennington Triangle area.
1950- Frieda Lander disappeared on October 28,1950 when she was hiking with her cousin. Frieda had seperated with her cousin to head back to camp to change after getting her clothes wet, but she never returned to the camp. A massive search was mounted by police, volunteers, firemen and military sought the woman, but nothing turned up until the following May. Her body was found in a field that had been searched extensively in the previous months.
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The movie, "The Blair Witch Project", portrays a terrifying bit of (fictional) folklore where people mysteriously disappear deep in the woods, go insane, or witness strange sights or sounds. Although fictional (yes, "The Blair Witch Project" is completely fiction and no, there is no plot to cover up the truth), events portrayed in the movie have occured in real life. During a five year period in the Green Mountains of Vermont, 10 people have disappeared without a trace in an area of woods known for mysterious creatures, strange lights, and spooky specters. - X-Project Paranormal Magazine