On December 1st of 1946, 18-year-old Paula Welden went on a walk, and vanished. Despite and extensive search, no sign of her was found.
But Paula is not the only one to disappear in that area. And a series of strange events have led some to refer to the area as “The Bennington Triangle.” Was Paula abducted? Did she wander off the path and injure herself? Or is something supernatural causing these strange occurrences…
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Researched & Written by Kim Douthit
Edited & Produced by Gabi Fiore
Music by Dan Moretti