Last night on the History Channel, Brad Meltzer′s Decoded team investigated the Alaskan Triangle, a Devil′s Graveyard of lost ships, airplanes and missing people. Since 1988, some 16,000 people have vanished in the Alaska Triangle. Annually, 4 out of every 1,000 Alaskans disappear without a trace. Its a big state with wild weather, extreme weather, even, along with 100 active volcanoes and Alaska accounts for 50% of all earthquakes in the United States, about 100 per day. Is it any wonder that people vanish so?
In 1972, one of the more famous disappearances involved two members of the U.S. Congress, Speaker of the House Hale Boggs and Rep. Nick Begich. They, along with an aide, Russell Brown and the pilot, Don Jonz, were flying in a Cessna 310 from Anchorage to Juneau. Not long after take-off, all contact with the plane ceased. A massive air-sea search and rescue mission was launched. Some 400 aircraft, dozens of boats, including 12 Coast Guard ships, and even an Air Force SR-71 searched for the missing plane and men. After 39 days, the effort was called off. To this day, nobody knows what really happened?
The Decoded Team talked with Nick Begich, Jr., son of the missing Congressman, who is not ruling out any possibilities, including energy vortexes. He describes his own research on the subject of electromagnetic disruptions that appear to be happening at certain key points across the globe. A seasoned Alaskan bush pilot, Terry Holiday, who actually participated in the 1972 search, tries to take Buddy and Mac along the same route from Anchorage to Juneau. But the weather quickly closed in around them plus their compass began acting up. The pilot decided to turn back, which made Buddy and Mac happy.
Meanwhile, Scott talked with former Alaskan State Trooper Thomas Anderson. He knew pilot Don Jonz and credited him as being an exceptional pilot. A month before his disappearance, Jonz wrote and published an article on dealing with aircraft icing, a likely cause for many aviation accidents. Back on the ground, Scott notices how shook up Buddy and Mac were after their flight. They learn that Alaska is thick with magnetic anomalies which can vary compass readings as much as 30 degrees. The team also learns more about energy vortexes and the twelve Devil′s Graveyards, triangular regions where ships and planes are frequently lost.
Dan Shaw is an expert on energy vortexes. He demonstrates to Buddy and Mac how a simple device known as a ′Golden Vortex′ with just three aligned magnets can alter perception. With the device placed between them, Buddy actually looks taller and thinner to Mac. Brad Meltzer steps in to describe how the camera crew experienced all sorts of problems due to Shaw′s vortex simulator. How even the electronic camera showed Buddy taller and Mac to appear shorter. Shaw says that people react differently when they encounter a vortex, either psychically or even physically.
Scott chats with Alaskan native Ethan Pettigrew about ancient legends in Alaska. How several tribes believe in creatures like Bigfoot. One tribe accounted for their frequently vanishing members to an evil being called Kushtaka, who steals souls. Pettigrew says that Kushtaka was a shape-shifting being who lures his victims before capturing them. The team then talks with an expert in Alaskan search and rescue, Bill Romberg. He describes how he has heard a strange buzzing sound at times. Could he have been hearing an energy vortex?
At the end of this week′s episode on the History Channel of Brad Meltzer′s Decoded, the team discuss the Alaska Triangle and Devil′s Graveyard. As pointed out by Romberg, the Alaskan Triangle of Anchorage to Juneau to Barrow is the most populated region of this vast, wild land. So the odds are most vanishings will take place there anyway. While there may be unexplained phenomena involved in some cases, Buddy believes that the basic nature of the average Alaskan, more daring and adventurous than an average American, means that they are more inclined to take risks, not always ending with good results.