The Tedford Disappearance


The Internet can do weird things to legends. It can take things that would have otherwise just slipped away into silence and make them into ‘mysteries’.


Was a man not getting off a bus just a case of being overlooked, or was it something more?


In the early winter of 1949, World War II veteran James Tedford got onto a bus in St. Albans, Vermont. He was on the bus as of the last stop before Bennington, Vermont. Somewhere between that stop and the final stop in Bennington, Tetford disappeared from the bus.


All of his belongings were still on the bus and his seat was unoccupied. None of the other passengers and the bus driver claimed that he never got off of the bus- he simply vanished into thin air. These types of disappearances are not unheard of in history, and there have been multiple disappearances of this type in the same area of Vermont.

This is where the Internet starts to enter into the legend. The Tetford disappearance was a point of discussion by Joseph A. Citro in relation to what he called the Bennington Triangle. He believed that the Triangle is an area of Vermont with a higher than average level of disappearances and other odd situations that he stated were linked to alien activity, or other paranormal forces.
While I honestly have no firm opinion on aliens or ufology, I do believe in looking for the easiest explanation. It’s more than likely Tedford simply got off of the bus. And even with Citro’s involvement the story would have been forgotten outside of ufology groups. However, with the Internet and its love of oddities, the Tedford (or Tetford, as some sites spell it) disappearance has been firmly linked to the paranormal. It should be noted, however, it’s still a fairly obscure story.


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