Vile vortex is a term referring to one of twelve geographic "paranormal triangle" areas that are alleged by Ivan T. Sanderson to be the sites of mysterious disappearances. Sanderson wrote the article "The Twelve Devil's Graveyards Around the World," published in Saga magazine.
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Sanderson asserts that twelve vortices are situated along particular lines of latitude: Five of the vortices are on the same latitude to the south of the equator; five are on the same latitude to the north. The other two are the north and south poles. The idea has been taken up by other fringe writers, who have argued that the vortices are linked to "subtle matter energy," "ley lines" or "electro-magnetic aberration".
Paul Begg, in a series of articles for The Unexplained magazine, criticized the methodology of writers on the subject of unexplained disappearances. He checked original records of the alleged incidents. Often, he found, the ships which were claimed to have 'mysteriously disappeared' had a mundane reason for their loss (for instance Raifuku Maru). Some were lost in storms, although the vortex writers would claim that the weather was fine at the time. In other cases, locations of losses were changed to fit the location of the vortex. Sometimes no record was was found that the ship had ever existed.
- Neilson, Brett. (2004). Free trade in the Bermuda Triangle — and other tales of counterglobalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-8166-3871-3.
- David Hatcher Childress, Anti-Gravity and the World Grid, Adventures Unlimited Press, 1987, p.38.
- Begg, Paul. "Tales from the Bermuda Triangle" and succeeding articles, reprinted in Out of This World: Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time (Caxton, 1989), pp 8–22.
- Kusche, Lawrence David. The Bermuda Triangle Mystery–Solved. Harper & Row, 1975.