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Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle UFO

Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

Many people believe that certain places are haunted or have unusual phenomena due to their location. One American city in particular, Miami, is located on the tip of one of the world’s most powerful energy vortices, the Bermuda Triangle.

Often referred to as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the Bermuda Triangle is situated at the Northwest edge of Bermuda, the Southwest edge of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Northeast edge of Miami, Florida. It goes by many names including the Devil’s Triangle, Limbo of the Lost, Hoodoo Sea, and the Twilight Zone. It covers approximately 500,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean.

In the past one hundred years, more than fifty boats and twenty aircraft have mysteriously disappeared in the triangle; never to be seen again. Most of them vanished without a trace. Just prior to disappearing, crews made radio contact indicating no problems. In some instances, missing ships have been found without their crews and passengers.

Many theories have been presented through the years ranging from alien abductions to vortices that lead to a fourth dimension. What is known is that there seems to be an abnormal magnetic field present in the area. Compasses usually point magnetic north allowing for up to twenty degrees in variances depending on the location. In the triangle, however, compasses show true north. Another factor is the Gulf Stream present in the triangle which is swift and treacherous. Unpredictable weather patterns in the Atlantic and Caribbean are also taken into consideration. Sudden storms and waterspouts can spring out of nowhere spelling disaster for ships and aircraft.

Christopher Columbus wrote of seeing a great fire in the sky that crashed into the sea during his voyage through the triangle. Shortly before his famous landing in what is now the United States of America, he wrote of seeing strange lights in the sky and experienced abnormal compass readings.

The triangle was named in 1945 after the disappearance of six navy planes and their crews on December 5. It was a sunny day, ideal for flying. Commander Lt. Charles Taylor was leading a group of trainees on a routine flight. The mission called for the team to fly due east 56 miles to conduct practice bombing runs. The team would then fly another 67 miles east then turn north for 73 miles and straight back to the base. The course took them on a triangular route over the sea.

About an hour and a half into the flight, radio transmissions were picked up from Taylor who indicated that his compasses were not working but he believed himself to be somewhere over the Keys. Lt. Robert Cox instructed him to fly north toward Miami. The disoriented Taylor made futile attempts to fly into Miami but continued to fly further out to sea. By 4:45 PM, he was hopelessly lost. Communication died as it grew dark. At 6:30 PM, a Dumbo Flying Boat was dispatched to find Flight 19. Two hours later, two more planes, Martin Mariners, joined the search. The search continued throughout the night and into the next day. Flight 19 and one of the Martin Mariners had disappeared.

Other disappearances include the Marine Sulphur Queen that had made sixty-three voyages prior to disappearing in the triangle. After several days of searching for the ship, all that was found were a few life jackets, life rings, and some debris.

On page 224 of Martin Caidin’s book, Ghosts of the Air, he reported that a National Airlines Boeing 727 disappeared from the radar on its final approach to Miami International Airport. Helicopters searched for wreckage assuming the plane crashed on approach but nothing was ever found. Ten minutes after its disappearance, the 727 reappeared in the exact same location it had vanished just moments before. The plane landed as normal with no mishaps. The Captain and crew had no knowledge of the disappearance but when they landed their aircraft clocks and watches were ten minutes behind ground time as if time stood still for them.

In addition to missing planes and ships, there have been countless sightings of unidentified space crafts reported off the shores of Miami and in the nearby Everglades. One witness reported seeing a green ball of fire over the Everglades in March 2000. Another claimed to see an aircraft covered in lights over downtown Miami that same month. One woman heard noises on her porch late one evening and claimed to have seen a strange creature outside of her window. In November of that same year, a man saw a flying object that resembled an upside down plate with a cup on top covered in blinking lights. Miami has had so many reports of UFOs and alien abductions that it has several organizations dedicated to recording such events.

One individual gave a vivid account of seeing alien visitors during a family trip to Miami. He described driving on a lonely highway in Miami with his family asleep in the car. Suddenly he witnessed what appeared to be four alien beings crossing the highway. He described the beings as wearing tight suits that covered their somewhat large, oval heads. The beings vanished into the darkness before he could gather his senses.

Others reported seeing a bright light or strange object outside of their home. Some reported feeling a sensation of suffocating, and vision becoming fogged then waking in a white room. Most describe seeing gray creatures with large heads and strange eyes. There is usually some sort of medical examination involved. Strange instruments are used to probe and take samples. One individual awoke in a white room accompanied by cages of animals that were also abducted and being tested. The abductees are usually returned to their bed or back yard, unharmed, with vague memories of the abduction.

These accounts are nothing new. People from all over the world claim to have witnessed UFOs, and even encounters with extraterrestrial beings. A recent poll taken by Newsweek reported that 48% of Americans believe that extraterrestrial visitors are real and that the government covers it up. But no one has had a more vivid experience with visitors from outer space than the late, great Jackie Gleason.

Gleason is best remembered for his character, Ralph Kramden, in 1950s television series, The Honeymooners. In addition to being a great entertainer, Jackie Gleason also had an intense interest in spiritualism and the occult. William A. Henry III outlined in his book, The Life and Legend of Jackie Gleason, Gleason’s interest in the unknown. He wrote, “Jackie Gleason had a lifelong fascination with the supernatural. He would spend small fortunes on everything from financing psychic research to buying a sealed box said to contain actual ectoplasm, the spirit of life itself. He contacted everyone from back-alley charlatans to serious researchers like J.B. Rhine of Duke University and, disdaining the elitism of the scholarly apparatus, would treat them all much the same way.”

He had a fascination for UFOs and financed psychic research. His library contained over 1700 books on paranormal, occult, UFO’s, and parapsychology. An insomniac, he spent many a sleepless night in his library reading books, magazine articles, and journals on the subjects. His collection included numerous books on psychics and mediums from the 1800s, Fate Magazines from the 1950s, and The Encyclopedia of Death. One periodical was The Occult Digest dating back to the early 1900s. The Jackie Gleason Collection is now owned by the University of Miami Library. Gleason’s widow donated the collection after his death.

One of Gleason’s close friends who shared his interest in UFOs was President Richard Nixon. Gleason, a strong supporter of the Republican Party, became friends with the president through their mutual golf interests. Nixon had a home in Biscayne Bay a short distance from Miami Beach where Gleason resided.

In an interview with Larry Warren, a retired U. S. Air Force Security Police Officer at RAF Bentwater in England, Gleason described a very strange encounter with President Nixon. Warren witnessed a bizarre incident in 1980 that became known as the Rendlesham Forest Incident. Numerous UFO sightings had been recorded by airmen at the base. In December, 1980, Warren had been called to investigate strange lights in the forest just outside of the base. There he and several others witnessed a grounded spacecraft of some sort. It was surrounded by a mist and brightly colored lights. Warren claimed to have witnessed some sort of meeting between the airbase commander and three beings from the ship. The incident is often referred to as the British Roswell. Warren met with Gleason in 1987 shortly before Gleason’s death.

On February 19, 1973, the two had spent the day golfing together. Many hours later, around midnight, the president showed up at Gleason’s residence in a private car with no security. Nixon told Gleason that he wanted to show him something. He escorted Gleason to the car then drove him to nearby Homestead Air Force Base. Gleason described going past a number of labs, then being shown wreckage of a UFO. He was then taken to a room where he saw several large containers with glass tops. Inside were the mangled bodies of what at first appeared to be children.

“Then upon closer examination, I saw that some the other figures looked quite old. Most of them were terribly mangled as if they had been in an accident,” Gleason stated.

Gleason went on to tell Warren that he was so traumatized by the experience that he didn’t sleep for three weeks following the incident. For many years following the visit to Homestead Air Force Base, Gleason is said to have had numerous UFO sightings. He became convinced that there might be an underwater base of some type in the Bermuda Triangle.

No one but those present that night at the base know for certain what Jackie Gleason witnessed. Was it some prank that the president played on him knowing his belief in the supernatural and space aliens? Warren was convinced that Gleason was sincere. The connection between the Bermuda Triangle and alien encounters remain mysteries. The sightings of UFOs and strange alien encounters in the area continue to this day.

Kalila Smith

Kalila Smith

Kalila Smith was born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana.She is the author of New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, & Vampires, Tales From The French Quarter, Miami’s Dark Tales, Searching for Spirits: The Ultimate Guide for Ghost Hunters, and Afterlife Mysteries Revealed.She has been featured on and worked behind the scenes on television productions on Travel Channel, Discovery, A&E, Sci Fi, BBC, History Channel, and PBS. She teaches paranormal studies at University of New Orleans, Delgado College, and The Metaphysical Research Centre in New Orleans.Kalila is currently studying physical mediumship in America and the UK.