If you are the Type of Person who likes GHOST STORIES, TALES OF ALIEN VISITATION, LEGENDARY MONSTERS etc, AND OTHER SUCH STAPLES OF POPULAR FICTION, OLD TIME RADIO SHOWS, FEATURE FILMS, AND OF COURSE T.V., YOU ALMOST CERTAINLY HAVE COME ACROSS DISCLAIMERS LIKE:
- "BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS."
- "ACCORDING TO WITNESS TESTIMONY."
- "REPORTED BY RELIABLE PERSONS, WITH
NO REASON TO LIE."
- "THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COULDN'T ALL BE WRONG."
AND SO ON...
The Problem is, you have almost no way of knowing the Accuracy or the Truth Contained Within these Statements. You Hear the Characters, (or the Witnesses, if it is some form of Documentary), relate information that seems Genuine and Sincere, but is, in Fact, Unreliable Dialogue promoting a Particular Point of View.
This could lead to an Individual Making a Decision Based Upon Factors that have been placed within the Content of the Story, encouraging them to be less OBJECTIVE, and MORE ACCEPTABLE OF SHODDY, UNRELIABLE, AND INADEQUATE ANALYSES OF THE SUBJECT MATTER, THAT CANNOT STAND UP TO PROPER SCRUTINY. (WHICH, IN MANY WAYS, MIRRORS THE STRATEGY OF POLITICIANS RUNNING FOR OFFICE. HOWEVER, YOU CAN READ ABOUT THAT ON OTHER PAGES OF THIS WEBSITE.)
#1. GET THE REAL STORY- Researching the Paranormal, to find information that has A Direct Relationship or Bearing on the Truth of the Given Legend or Myth, is not always easy. The Lack of Supporting Evidence on Many Claims Leads Some Adherents or Believers to MANUFACTURE, CREATE, OR EMBELLISH INFORMATION AND DATA THAT LENDS CREDENCE TO THEIR CLAIMS. This can become more Prevalent Depending on the # OF TIMES IT HAS BEEN RETOLD OR REPUBLISHED, WITH EACH SUCCEEDING "AUTHOR," ALTERING THE STORY TO REFLECT THEIR PERSONAL BELIEFS, AGENDA, OR PERSPECTIVE AUDIENCE.
For Example, Researching the BERMUDA TRIANGLE LEGEND IS PERHAPS THE MOST TIME CONSUMING, WITH THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF DISAPPEARANCES VARYING BETWEEN AUTHORS. Explanations for the Losses run from the Mundane and Commonplace, to the Bizarre, Irrational, and quite frankly, Stupid.
However, the BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO OVERCOME IN VERIFYING THE TRUE NATURE OF THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE MYTH, IS FINDING THE ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL THAT PROVIDED THE INITIAL INFORMATION REFERENCED FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL EVENT.