Do you believe it? Local legend says these Taunton area sites are haunted by ghosts – Fall River Herald News

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TAUNTON — Ready to scare yourself silly?

Halloween season is in full swing, which means one thing: ghosts.

Or does it?

It also means legends. And haunts. And creepy tales. Like a hitchhiker who mysteriously appears in the backseat of your car. Or lights that flicker for no reason. Or even objects that fly across a room.

Of course, not all ghosts are angry, if these stories are to be believed. Some sound like they’re just out to cause some mischief.

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Our little corner of New England has its fair share of history, which sometimes lends itself to those ghosts, legends and haunts. And as Oct. 31 approaches, we can all suspend our disbelief a little bit.

We rounded up some of the more popular stories.Check ’em out … if you dare!

FREETOWN STATE FOREST

At Profile Rock near the forest, ghost hunters encountered some unexpected EVPs: “You will serve Satan,” said one, and the names “Doreen” and “Carl Drew,” were also recorded. The EVPs may be related to Satanic cult murders that happened in Westport and Fall River in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Doreen Levesque was a murder victim and Carl Drew was found guilty of the murder of Karen Marsden, a Fall River prostitute connected with the cult. There have been reports of Native American ghosts as well as Pukwudgies, mysterious creatures in Wamapanoag lore who lure people to their deaths or cause other nasty trouble.

The Freetown State Forest is said to include many spooky areas.

BERKLEY-DIGHTON BRIDGE

In June 1675, at the beginning of the King Philip War in 1675, Edward Bobet, who lived with his wife and nine kids in a section of Taunton that is now Berkley, decided to seek a safer haven in a secure section of Taunton along the village green. With his family safe in their new home, Bobet and his dog went back to his Berkley farm to retrieve some additional possessions. On his way back home, Bobet was besieged by Indians but managed to outrun them by climbing up a tree at nightfall. But his trusty dog, alarmed at his master’s escape up the tree, would not stop barking and the Indians, thanks to that barking, the Indians eventually found Bobet, shooting him down from the tree and killing him. Witnesses, even today, have reported hearing a frantic dog’s barking near the area of the Berkley/Dighton Bridge, a stone’s throw away from where the tree, where Bobet and his dog once stood. 

Berkley-Dighton Bridge

HOCKOMOCK SWAMP

In the language used by indigent Native Americans, Hockomock means “place of spirits,” a name perhaps stemming from the Indian burial grounds dotting the area. Reported unexplainable sightings include hovering ghostly lights, UFOs, poltergeists, Bigfoot, monstrous birds and oversize snakes, turtles, cats and dogs.

Adding to the swamp’s creepy aura are purported appearances of ghostly Native American warriors who, in 1675 and 1676, fought several bloody battles in the swamp against colonists during King Philip’s War. 

The Bridgewater Triangle is the subject of many local legends.

BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE

The Bridgewater Triangle is the site of many reported bizarre sightings. The infamous triangle, covering about 200 square miles, is bounded by Abington, Freetown and Rehoboth. Within the three lines lie the towns of Taunton, Raynham, Norton, Easton, Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Brockton, Mansfield, Dighton, Berkley and Lakeville. The triangle is reportedly plagued by malevolent forces, which some say stem from curses that Native Americans placed on the area in retaliation for poor treatment from colonists. Hockomock Swamp sits at the core of the triangle. In the language used by indigent Native Americans, Hockomock means “place of spirits,” a name perhaps stemming from the Indian burial grounds dotting the area. Reported unexplainable sightings include hovering ghostly lights, UFOs, poltergeists, Bigfoot giant snakes and “thunderbirds.” 

OLIVER ESTATE, MIDDLEBORO

Speak with any of the volunteers at the Oliver Estate — on Plymouth Street, just off Route 44 — and they’ll tell you stories about seeing apparitions or shadowy figures, hearing voices when all alone in the house or finding objects in the house mysteriously being moved, fallen to the floor or flying across a room. One volunteer conducting a tour said she came face-to-face with a full-body apparition in one of the second floor bedroom closets. She says it was a girl who stared at her for a few seconds before disappearing into the wall.