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Inside the Bermuda Triangle: the Mysteries Solved

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Adam Fowler Adam Fowler 16:39, Thursday, 17 September 2009

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The idea behind the series was to find primary sources and to uncover original documents which might give some clues as to why the Bermuda Triangle myth caught on in the first place, and why it has endured for so long - and of course to get a sense of whether there is any truth in it. So it took a long time - about a year - to put together.

The real driving force behind it all was reporter Tom Mangold, with whom I worked extremely closely all through the research, recording and editing stages. It was his idea in the first place, and it was his passion and his extraordinary detective tenacity which made it all work. There is something rather attractive about the idea of setting a hard-nosed, investigative journalist the task of getting to the bottom of a myth, and it was quite something to behold when Tom gave some of the myth-mongers a courteous, fair but rigorous grilling.

One author we tracked down to his large house in Florida eventually unlocked the chain around his fence and invited us to talk in his garden about his part in genesis of the Bermuda Triangle 'mystery' . He ended up warming to Tom and finally admitting that he had 'spiced up' his book in order to make it more interesting.

There are three lines of enquiry throughout the series: first, we looked at the stories, articles and books which set up the myth in the 1950s and 60s, and some of those which have kept the pot boiling ever since; second, we spoke to historians and psychologists about the human need for mystery and conspiracy; and lastly we took several 'inexplicable' maritime and aircraft disappearances and did some thorough 21st century investigations into probable causes with the help of an air accident investigator and Lloyds Register in London.

Tom remains skeptical throughout, and virtually everything he uncovers suggests some very terrestrial and very human causes of the events and accounts of the Bermuda Triangle. However, we don't want to be complete spoil-sports and we did speak to some plausible people who remain convinced that they have experienced 'something weird out there". As ever, in my job, the real privilege was meeting the characters who gave us their time and their stories - and we met a lot, in the UK in the USA and in Bermuda itself.

And it was a privilege too, working with one of the world's best journalists and finest travelling companions. Indeed I have to admit, on the recording trip to the Triangle, more than one bottle of wine went missing without trace.

Adam Fowler is Producer of Inside the Bermuda Triangle: the Mysteries Solved

Adam sent this fascinating interview with a prominent Bermuda Triangle skeptic for exclusive use here on the blog:

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Adam has also given me a full-length recording of the haunting song written and recorded specially for the programme:

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  • Comment number 1.

    Just listened to fri18th prog.
    Researcher Alice Robinson seems to have found 'a scientist' to say he 'knows of nothing like this electronic fog'. Look further with less prejudice, eg plasma, and ball lightning, both possible in electric storm conditions, and known to 'follow' cables. The tone of dismissal is too trite.
    For 60 years its known that electromagnetic signals effect brain function. Since repairing wartime radar installations while still on, technicians reported all kinds of effects.
    See Delgado for his 20 years of research
    Read 'The Field' and 'The Intention Experiment' for review of experiments that cover the area. It is well within Quantum theory that timeless events occur.
    The pilot is not speaking in scientific language so too easy to debunk. Thats not any exploration, its up to you to TRY and explain, not simply assume he's lying or mistaken

  • Comment number 2.

    I'm a Bermudian living in the UK and I found the programme series interesting but it was a shame that more scientific explanation considerations were not considered. What about the explanation for the disappearances based on underwater methane eruptions which are capable of producing massive regions of water with so much dissolved gas, that the water density is no longer capable of providing adequate buoyancy for ships to float. Also this would ionise the air creating an enormous column of methane which could effect aeroplane’s instruments. I realise that there are a lot of Americans on the east coast are absolutely paranoid about the Bermuda triangle and won't travel to bermuda because of it however the majority of Bermudians like myself consider it to be one big joke

  • Comment number 3.

    An excellent series. I've been through the "Triangle" several times (I have yet to find a seafarer remotely unsettled about going through the area. and in the mid-1980s asked Lloyds about it and got the same answer as Tom Mangold - there is no insurance premium on going through the area and if insurers think its nothing special it's worth listen, their profitability depends on getting such things right. Larry Kusch's book is a must-read.

    As for the gaseous eruptions mentioned by another poster, yes, these have been discussed and you'll find a reference to them at the New Scientist site. Such eruptions haven't happened since before mankind started traveling the high seas in ship.

    A core thing to bear in mind is that before coming up with theories and explanations one must demonstrate that there is, in fact, some phenomenon to be explained. In the case of the Bermuda Triangle the only real phenomenon to be explained is the longevity and 'stickiness' of belief in it.

    Bob Couttie
    Maritime Accident Casebook
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  • Comment number 4.

    But does this explain why Barry Manilow is putting in an appearance on 'Desert Island Discs' ?

  • Comment number 5.

    lordBeddGelert - There are some things it's better not to know


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