Published: 9:53 AM 10/19/2013
Emily J. Reynolds/The Enterprise
Documentary film premiers Sunday at the UMass-Dartmouth main auditorium at 2 p.m.
Linda Triconi, owner of Ms. Beehaven Angel Alley on West Union Street in East Bridgewater seen in September, says she has had several experiences with spirit activity in her store in the past few years including doors opening on their own and hearing footsteps.
A dozen calves, the blood drained from their bodies, found in the Fall River-Freetown State Forest. UFOs flying over Route 106 in Bridgewater. A man in a dark suit walking up to, then straight through, the front door of an East Bridgewater antiques shop.
No, these aren’t the subject matter of the latest Stephen King novel. They are some of the many real-life accounts and eyewitness reports that will be explored during Sunday’s premier of the documentary film “The Bridgewater Triangle.”
“I think the documentary offers a little bit of something for everyone whether you believe in the paranormal or not. It’s a local topic,” said co-director and local filmmaker Aaron Cadieux, who interviewed first-hand witnesses and experts in the field of paranormal activity for the film.
The film, which premiers Sunday at the UMass-Dartmouth main auditorium at 2 p.m., is based on a 200-mile tract of land in southeastern Massachusetts, “with a long history of strange, paranormal and sometimes sinister activity.”
The Bridgewater Triangle – which includes Brockton and Taunton and the towns of Abington, Berkley, Bridgewater, Dighton, Easton, East Bridgewater, Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, West Bridgewater and Whitman – was given its name by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman in his 1983 book, “Mysterious America.”
One of the experts interviewed in the film is Wayne Nye, narrator of the Historic Ghost Tour of East Bridgewater Village. Nye said he believes in the Bridgewater Triangle and has heard reports from many people about paranormal activity in the area.
“A lot of the buildings and homes have reported activity. Everything from apparitions, hearing footsteps, doors slamming,” Nye said, “People remember what their favorite haunts were so they come and go. A piece of us remains wherever we’ve been so the energies come and go.”
Nye is a member of the Massachusetts Area Paranormal Society (MAPS), which operates out of Mrs. Swift’s and Moore Antiques on West Union Street in East Bridgewater. The shop is believed to be a hotbed for strange sightings and activities, which he claims to have witnessed on several occasions.
Store owner Lorrie Parker describes one experience when she was standing at the counter talking to a couple of customers who were saying they “don’t believe in the ghost stuff.” All of a sudden, a basket that was on the floor by their feet moved, on its own, across the floor and crashed into the wall. She said they left the store as “believers."
Parker also described an incident in which two women got a new digital camera and, in testing it out, stopped to take photos of the store’s front window decorated for Christmas. When they looked at a picture of the storefront on the camera they saw dozens of faces looking out the window from inside, even though the store was closed and dark at the time.
Cadieux said that while he is drawn to dark, macabre stories he is a skeptic of the things described about the Bridgewater Triangle, even after finishing the documentary. But he said he wants the audience to draw its own conclusions after seeing the film.
“A couple of the accounts are just so compelling, so sincere. But I don’t know if I believe more in the Bridgewater Triangle than I did before starting,” Cadieux said. “We’re not trying to convince anybody that any of this is legitimate.
The film is very journalistic and attacks the subject matter from a neutral perspective.
“I think the content is very strong and I’m very proud of it,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”