Berlitz, Charles

Charles Berlitz
Charles Berlitz (1914–2003) wrote extensively about anomalous phenomena—that is, observable occurences that scientists cannot explain. In his writing, Berlitz often came up with plausible explanations for what at first seemed inexplicable. His 1974 book, The Bermuda Triangle, however, is an exception. In it, Berlitz argues that the disappearance of a number of planes and ships in a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean was completely inexplicable in scientific terms. This work was extremely popular with the general public and is therefore credited with spreading the perception that the Bermuda Triangle is the site of paranormal activity.

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The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning

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