Recently, I wrote an article for TheDailyConspiracy.com called “USS Cyclops Lost To The Bermuda Triangle” which detailed the strange story of the USS Cyclops which vanished without a trace in March 1918 while sailing through this infamous aquatic area.
Most people are familiar with the spooky and treacherous waters bounded by Puerto Rico, the southern tip of Florida, and Bermuda, that have swallowed more than 50 ships and 20 airplanes – but have you ever heard of the Alaska Triangle?
This tri-cornered region stretches from the southeastern region of the 49th State near Juneau to Barrow (the northernmost city of the U.S. on the Arctic Ocean) and south to Anchorage, the largest city.
Jagged, snowy mountain peaks, alpine lakes, and pine forests are home to polar bears, seals, arctic birds, and a few human settlements. But, by and large, Alaska is an enormous wilderness.
People go missing in wilderness areas on a regular basis. But what’s strange about the Alaska Triangle region is that many disappear without a trace, leaving no explanation as to what happened.
Not only that, the Alaska Triangle is far more lethal than its Bermuda counterpart. Since 1988, more than 16,000 people have never returned from the Alaska Triangle and can’t be accounted for. The missing person rate there is more than double the national average.
Nobody paid much attention to these unexplained occurrences until October 1972 when a private small airplane with a VIP passenger list vanished in midair while flying from Anchorage to Juneau. U.S. House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, Alaska Congressman Nick Begich, a congressional aide named Russell Brown, and bush pilot Don Jonz never arrived at their final destination for a campaign fundraiser.
The plane was never found. No wreckage was found. No dead bodies were found – despite an intense search that lasted for over a month. A total of 50 civilian planes, 40 military aircraft, and dozens of boats methodically searched about 32,000 square miles of frozen wilderness.
After the 1972 mishap, more airplanes disappeared without a trace, as did hikers, residents, and tourists. The Alaska Triangle claims 500-2000 people every year – innocents who leave no explanation of what happened to them.
Rescue experts say that bad weather, giant holes in glacial ice, hidden caves, and enormous crevasses are the most likely culprits behind the baffling vanishings. This is certainly a credible explanation, given the perils of the frozen northlands.
Others theorize that disruptive Vile Vortices are to blame, messing up electronic instrumentation. The thinking here is that there are 12 vertex points on the planet’s grid, as identified and named by Ivan T. Sanderson, a naturalist and paranormal investigator who published “The Twelve Devil’s Graveyards Around the World” in Saga magazine in 1972:
Sanderson “theorized that hot and cold air and sea currents crossing these lozenge-shaped areas might create the electromagnetic anomalies responsible for the disappearances of planes and sea-going vessels and the reported mechanical and instrument malfunctions in these areas.”
Energy vortices are swirling energy funnels focused in specific places where Earth energies are more intense. Radiant energy spirals in a cone shape in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, generating positive or negative effects. Vile vortices supposedly affect humans in various physical, mental, and emotional ways.
Positive vortexes “spiral upward in a clockwise motion creating an enhancing flow of energy. This type is said to be conducive to healing, meditation, creativity, and self-exploration. People actively search these places out to feel inspired, recharged or uplifted.”
As you might expect, “negative vortexes spiral downward in a counterclockwise motion, creating a draining or depleting energy and depleting the positive energies in its vicinity. In humans, they are believed to cause health problems including depression, nightmares, disorientation, confusion, and both visual and audio hallucinations. They are also said to cause electrical instruments to malfunction.”
Magnetic anomalies in Seward’s Icebox have been known to deflect a true compass reading by up to 30 degrees.
Still, others trying to make sense of this puzzling phenomenon think that aliens have been busy doing their abduction thing. Many UFOs have been spotted over the skies of the Last Frontier.
Perhaps the most famous such case happened on November 17, 1986. The crew aboard Japan Air Lines Flight 1628, traveling from Paris, France, to Narita International Airport near Tokyo, Japan, said they saw two unidentified flying objects on the port (left) side of the aircraft.
The two UFOs ascended from below and escorted the plane for 50 minutes. The captain reported that the closest approach lit up the cabin and he could feel the heat on his face.
The Tlingit Indians believe that Kushtaka, a malefic demon that can shape-shift, is responsible for this massive, ongoing disappearing act. Kushtaka means “land otter person” and members of this devilish trickster race occupy their time trying to lure unwitting humans away from their homes to transform them into new Kushtaka. This thwarts a human’s ability to reincarnate, according to native lore.
Complicating search and rescue operations are heavy snowfalls that can cover up all traces of an accident. Wild animals are on the prowl for fresh meat and may gobble up any human remains.
Still, it does seem strange that nothing is ever left behind after airplanes and their passengers go missing. With neither survivors nor any forensic evidence left behind, we may never know what is causing all this High Strangeness in the wilds of Alaska.