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Missing Persons of Bermuda Triangle Alaska : Organized Crime,Extreterrestrial or Paranormal

World  (tags: Alaska, Missing Persons, Unsolved Mystery )

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Last year, some 3,780 people were reported missing across the state. The vast majority were young runaways who eventually turned up alive. But many of the missing were pilots, fishermen, recreational boaters, hunters, tourists, snowmachiners, hikers

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Tigerman K (19)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 10:39 am
According to this show, a person disappears in Alaska every day; the natives have a saying for this, "Gone missing," and the phrase seems to have ominous, almost supernatural overtones. With rugged terrain filled with plenty of enticing (if dangerous) things to do, and much travel done by airplane, Alaska seems to be a perfect place for such vanishings, and the show presents a "triangle" map with a huge swath of land ruled off for the alleged strange occurrences. In 1992, three brothers disappeared when returning by plane from a remote fishing trip, no trace was ever found. Twenty years earlier, house majority leader Hale Boggs and congressmen Mitch Begich disappeared on a route "bisected" by the alleged triangle. The pilot who flew them that fateful day is described as "arrogant" by fellow pilots. A huge effort, including overflight by SR-71 spy planes, was mounted to find the men, but nothing ever turned up.


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Saturday March 27, 2010, 11:21 am
Interesting---read this!

Tigerman K (19)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 11:23 am
Amid the untouched beauty of Alaska's varying landscape, a mystery lingers. Because people seem to go missing at an eerily high rate, a large section of the state has come to be called Alaska's Bermuda Triangle. Planes go down, hikers go missing and Alaskan residents and tourists seem to vanish into the largely untouched backdrop.

The so-called Bermuda Triangle slices through four of the state's regions, from the southeastern wilderness and fjords to the interior tundra and up to the arctic mountain ranges. Its points include the large swath of land from Juneau and Yakutat in the southeast, the Barrow mountain range in the north, and Anchorage in the center of the state.Even the native Alaska Tlingit Indians that live near Juneau have integrated this peculiar mystery into their religious culture. They believe an evil spirit named Kushtaka, a cross between a man and an otter, captures people who have drowned or gotten lost, whisking them away to his realm never to be seen again.

Evil spirits or not, the rate of people reported missing in Alaska is almost twice the national average. While many cases involve runaways or people who return home, Alaska also has the highest percentage of missing people who are never found

Tigerman K (19)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 11:32 am
FBI serial homicide experts have been called in to investigate a chain of disappearances and suspicious deaths of Native villagers visiting Nome.

The cases date back to the 1960s, with 10 since 1990. The victims were mostly Native men who had traveled to the Seward Peninsula's commercial hub from smaller villages of the Bering Strait region.

A prominent Native organization in Nome last week released a list of 20 such suspicious cases, along with offers of a reward, in an effort to get help from the public.

Whispers that danger awaits travelers on the streets of Nome have circulated in the region's Inupiat and Siberian Yupik villages for years. The accounts of missing cousins and in-laws have been colored by allegations of police indifference and even hostility toward visiting Natives, especially those who pass through the bars on Front Street.

But no official investigation ever was launched until earlier this year, when the region's Native community was galvanized by the sensational murder trial of a Nome police officer who stood accused of killing a young village woman.

The trial added to community concerns over yet another disappearance. Eric Apatiki, 21, had come from St. Lawrence Island in October 2004 to meet his pregnant girlfriend and spend his Permanent Fund dividend check. After he vanished, his mother wrote a heart-rending letter to the Nome Nugget.

By February, villagers trembling with emotion were stepping forward in meetings to tell stories of missing family members. The U.S. attorney for Alaska and the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety flew to Nome with FBI officials in June.

Now the FBI Behavioral Analysis unit in Quantico, Va., has been called in, agreeing to profile each case in a search for possible links. The unit, part of the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, has made the case a priority, said FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez.

"A concern expressed by the community is that there's very clearly some pattern to these disappearances and there might be a serial killer," U.S. Attorney Tim Burgess said. Delbert Pungowiyi, a tribal council member from Savoonga who has been pushing for an investigation since 1998, believes more than one person is preying on Natives in Nome.

"People disappear over there and where are the bodies going? Where are the remains going?" Pungowiyi said last week. He called Nome "a boneyard for the region because there are so many remains there that have never been found. We're in 2004, 2005 -- and it's still happening."

Burgess and other officials say talk of a serial killer is only hypothetical now, with no schedule yet for hearing back from the FBI.

There are other ties linking many of the cases.

The path of many victims led through Nome's Front Street, where booze has flowed from the bars since the Gold Rush and more than a few Permanent Fund checks have evaporated. The bars make Nome different from other regional hub communities like Bethel, Kotzebue and Barrow, which have attempted to regulate alcohol more tightly.

The tragic sequence of people getting drunk and then dying because of cold, drowning or fights plays out across Alaska, to be sure. What's different here is that obvious cases like that have been culled from the list in Nome, leaving so many cases with an air of lingering mystery. Even so, it seems possible more than a few on the list fell victim to some combination of alcohol, cold, despair and maybe opportunistic thuggery.

"I don't think they'll go out and solve any of these cases," said former Nome Mayor Leo Rasmusson, who has been involved in local search and rescue efforts for years.

Tigerman K (19)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 11:34 am
Families suspected a serial killer. The FBI mostly blamed alcohol and the cruel Alaska winter.
This fall, a movie distributed by a major studio and marketed as a “dramatization” of real events is offering another explanation for decades of disappearances and suspicious deaths in and around Nome:
Abduction by space aliens.

"The Fourth Kind," a thriller, hits theaters Nov. 6. Marketing from NBC Universal says it’s based on “archival footage” of a psychologist who stumbled upon “the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented” while interviewing Alaskans.Spooky. Except it all looks to be a “Blair Witch Project” style fakeout.

No one has heard of the psychologist, including the state licensing board and president of the state psychologists association. And while there have indeed been disappearances in Nome — mainly people traveling to the hub city from surrounding Inupiat and Siberian Yupik villages blaming a real-life tragedy on alien abduction is not sitting well with the non-profit that pushed the cases into the open. “The movie looks ridiculous,” said Kawerak Inc. Vice President Melanie Edwards, who watched the trailer online Monday. “It’s insensitive to family members of people who have gone missing in Nome over the years.”
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