Here are five cursed destinations you should never visit. From a forest that swallows people up never to be seen again, to a rural area of Scotland rife with UFO sightings, we take a look at some seriously scary cursed destinations that experts warn visitors should stay away from.
5. The Alaska Triangle
The Alaska Triangle covers a large section of the state, reaching from the south eastern area near Yakutat, up north to the Barrow mountain region and on to Anchorage. The Triangle is comprised of mountains, forests and tundra, much of it still unexplored. But within that same region, a tremendous number of individuals have gone missing, seeming to have simply vanished into thin air. Since 1988, it’s thought that as many as 16,000 people, including hikers, tourists, locals, and flight passengers have vanished while in the Alaska Triangle, an astounding figure, making this triangle one of the most dangerous to date. In fact, the Alaska Triangle is responsible for more unexplained disappearances than anywhere else in the United States.
There are almost as many theories about what is happening in the Alaska Triangle as there are people who have disappeared there. There are several legends associated with the region, including one put forth by the Tlingit people of the region. Their legend tells of the Kushtaka, a demon with shape shifting abilities that targets unfortunate individuals who find themselves lost. The Kushtaka leads these poor people to their destruction, leaving no trace that they had ever been there.
Another popular, more mainstream theory is that the Alaska Triangle is a “vile vortex”, a term coined by cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson. Vile vortices are areas around the globe that seem to display highly charged electromagnetic currents and anomalies as well as other severe magnetic and electric disturbances. There are at least 12 such vortices, including the Devil’s Sea, the Algerian Megaliths of Timbuktu, and the Bermuda Triangle. It’s thought that these vortices cause all sorts of unusual phenomena that can affect both machinery and people in strange ways. In particular, people may experience emotional, physical, or mental disturbances including hallucinations, disorientation, nausea and confusion. With regard to mechanical and electronic instruments, vile vortices can cause all sorts of malfunctions including inaccurate readings, disruption of compass accuracy and even complete failure of devices. Some theories involving vile vortices go so far as to state that they are actually portals – doorways to other dimensions or parallel realms – as an explanation as to where all of the people and airplanes who have disappeared in the area have gone to.
State authorities offer a different explanation for the disappearances, stating that the extreme climate, uncharted wilderness and local wildlife are the reasons behind many of the disappearances. Authorities go on to note that not only do these factors make it more likely for a person to become lost and possibly injured, but it also makes it more difficult for rescuers to successfully find those who have disappeared.
Other theorists believe that at least some of the disappearances can be attributed to alien abduction. There are a large number of UFO sightings reported in Alaska, many of them made by credible witnesses. Regardless, whether the disappearances of so many people are due to the properties of vile vortices, demonic shape shifters, or massive alien abductions, something highly unusual has been occurring in the Alaska Triangle.
4. Hoia Baciu Forest
The Hoia Baciu Forest, often referred to as Romania’s Bermuda Triangle, has a sinister reputation for a wide variety of unusual activity including ghosts and apparitions, UFO sightings, creature sightings, strange sensations of doom and anxiety, weird vegetation and a host of other bizarre activity.
From the beginning, Hoia Baciu Forest was known as a strange and frightening place. It was named after a local shepherd who disappeared nearby along with his flock of around 200 sheep. Legends of the forest have been passed down by the locals and most natives refuse to enter it, claiming that those that do are not likely to ever return. Those who have ventured into the forest have reported all sorts of strange experiences, with some claiming they’ve received physical injuries such as burns, rashes, and scratches while others claim to experience terrible sensations of doom, anxiety and depression. Still other individuals who have made their way into the forest report seeing strange lights, while others claim to have heard voices on the wind. Some people who enter Hoia Baciu Forest simply disappear.
Some who have entered the forest and were lucky enough to return claim to have no recollection of their time spent in the woods. One such case involves a five year old girl who got lost after wandering alone into the forest. Five years later she returned, dressed in the same clothing that she had worn on the day that she vanished. Her garments looked the same as they had on the day she disappeared, with no signs of wear or weathering. The girl had no recollection of where she had been or who she had been with for such a long period of time.
Recently, the paranormal activity in Hoia Baciu Forest has taken an even stranger turn. Reports of poltergeist activity and other ghostly phenomena have been reported. An investigator associated with a paranormal television show was thrown to the ground and scratched by a malevolent force while visiting a clearing in the forest. This clearing seems to be a particular hotspot and is described as a perfect circle with zero vegetation. Soil from this area has been tested, but nothing has been revealed in the analysis that would prevent vegetation from growing in the area. Sightings of strange lights, ghostly figures, malfunctioning electronics and EVP activity have also been associated with this clearing.
Numerous researchers from around the world have investigated the strange occurrences in the Hoia Baciu Forest, but no definitive explanations have been discovered. Many theories have been considered, including the standard ideas of Alien interference, dimensional portals, and land curses, but none of these suggestions seem to successfully cover all of the activity taking place in the Hoia Baciu Forest.
3. Lake Michigan Triangle
The Lake Michigan Triangle covers a vast area, reaching from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Benton Harbor. Strange disappearances and other unusual events connected to this triangle have been reported since as early as 1891. Bizarre occurrences continue to be reported even today, including the discovery of an underwater structure that has been compared to Stonehenge.
In 1891, the schooner Thomas Hume along with its seven crew members disappeared while crossing the lake to pick up a load of lumber. It’s known that while crossing, the schooner encountered a strong wind storm, but it was thought that the schooner should have been able to weather the storm. After several days, a search party was sent out to look for the missing vessel and its crew, but no sign of their whereabouts were ever discovered. The Thomas Hume had simply vanished.
Other unusual occurrences followed. In 1921 the ship Rosa Belle disappeared while crossing the lake. When it was apparent that the ship wouldn’t be reaching its destination, a search party was dispatched, and they soon found the derelict vessel. The Rosa Belle was found floating overturned in the lake and seemed to have been in some sort of collision that seriously damaged the craft. There was no sign of any other ship in the vicinity, and no reports had been made in reference to an accident on the lake. Of the 11 people who had been on the ship, no sign was ever found. They had disappeared without a trace.
Yet another, even more unusual disappearance occurred on April 28th, 1937. Captain George Donner of the freighter O.M. McFarland went to his cabin after the freighter was seen successfully through the straits of Mackinaw on its way to Port Washington. As the freighter neared its destination 3 hours later, a crew member went to notify the Captain, but his cabin was empty. The door was locked from the inside and crew members had to break down the door to enter, but there was no sign of Donner. His disappearance remains unsolved today.
Some people believe that the strange happenings of the Michigan Lake Triangle are directly related to the discovery of an ancient stone formation at the bottom of Lake Michigan. The formation was discovered in 2007 and is structured in a manner that is similar to Stonehenge. Theories have been put forth stating that the stone circle is the hub for a dimensional portal, resulting in the strange disappearances. Other theories link the disappearances to UFO activity that has been reported in the Lake Michigan Triangle. A more down to earth theory blames the extreme weather that occurs on the lake for the anomalous activity.
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