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   "The Tampa Triangle Dead Zone", is the original definitive study of paranormal activity in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Triangle Dead Zone is a collection of true stories. Our objective is to present the information to you in an entertaining fashion. You will learn about real people, just like you, who have found themselves in extraordinary situations.
   This comprehensive study is the result of more than three years of intensive research. Capt. Bill Miller and the Tampa Triangle Investigative Research Team continue to discover new information from newspaper files, microfiche, the World Wide Web and exclusive personal interviews. Many source attributions are footnoted. Dialog has been added to better illustrate facts and opinions herein. The narrative is consistent with the events as they happened. There's a lot you need to know in this great book by Captain Bill Miller."
10.07.22,, On its 25th anniversary, 'Tampa Triangle' author shares the area's best conspiracy theories and urban legends,
The year is 1997. Tony Dungy is the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bill Clinton is president, and millions of Americans tune into popular paranormal shows like "The X-Files" and "Beyond Belief." This is also the year that local author Captain Bill Miller published his hit book on conspiracy theories and urban legends, "The Tampa Triangle: Dead Zone".
For the unfamiliar, the "Tampa Triangle" refers to the Tampa Bay area, and the "Dead Zone" spans from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Egmont Key, mostly covering the shipping channel. In these areas, according to Miller, a slew of mysterious events occurred. So, naturally, he decided to document them all.
"Haslams sold a ton of them," said Miller, 68, to Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, "[Owner] Ray Hinst was worried that people would buy the book and then return it and sell it back to the store. He said none came back, and they sold hundreds of them."
The book was an instantaneous hit, selling all across the country and even earning a spot on Ingram’s Hot List.
The book is packed with tales of mysterious carpet circles showing up in living rooms, alien abductions, sunken Nazi submarines, and more. One story even blamed aliens for sucking up the brains of the elderly, stealing information, and returning them improperly causing memory issues.
"That's the UFO section. That's kind of a joke too, it's meant to be entertaining," Miller said.
But one of Miller’s favorite stories is the ghost of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
"She's seen on the bridge quite often," said Miller, who describes a hitchhiking woman who appears to be in trouble and when picked up by local drivers, will silently sit in the backseat. "Then when they turn around to look, she's gone," adds Miller.
In another notable story Miller highlights the fate of the late poet Jack Kerouac’s ghost, who is known to haunt Haslam's Book Store in downtown St. Petersburg. Since Haslam's is currently closed and the future of the prime real estate is uncertain, Miller is fearful of where Kerouac’s ghost will end up.
"Right now homelessness is a big problem in all of the country, including Tampa Bay. What I'm worried about is will the ghost of Jack Kerouac become homeless," said Miller.
Miller says that he hasn’t personally had any paranormal experiences except for the shipping disasters that occurred near the Skyway. Still, some of these conspiracy theories are still discussed today, such as the presence of ghosts and UFOs existing in Tampa Bay. Captain Miller explained that he doesn’t keep up with conspiracy theories any more, but suggests that readers keep an open mind.
"I leave the reader to decide what they feel is real or not," Miller said.
On its 25th anniversary, Miller shared a few of his favorites from his book, which is still available on Amazon. Here are a few of the more notable tales from Tampa Triangle: Dead Zone.
The Blonde Hitchhiker
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is known to be the home of the ghost of "The Blonde Hitchhiker." She is notorious for appearing to be in trouble and persuading people driving past to pick her up, only to mysteriously vanish from the car before ever reaching the end of the bridge.
"A lot of out-of-state tags stop to report that blonde ghost. There’s no way they could be in on some kinda’ hoax."
  The Sunshine Skyway Bridge: Spanning Tampa Bay

by Nevin and Richard Sitler

Of the more than 5,200 bridges in the state of Florida, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, spanning scenic Tampa Bay, is by far the most famous. But the award-winning bridge that residents and tourists cross on a daily basis isn't the first to hold the Skyway name. Numerous versions of the current bridge have stretched across lower Tampa Bay, and each has its own remarkable history. Nevin and Ric Sitler detail the suspension cables, concrete, nuts and bolts and political battles that combined to produce the fantastic history of the Skyway bridges and other historic Tampa Bay crossings. Join this father-and-son team on their journey across the historic bay.
  Transportation: Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge-Design and Construction Concerns: RCED-85-32

by U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the construction of Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Specifically, GAO reported on the design process, federal and state efforts to ensure that the bridge is being built to specifications, and a group of technical concerns about the bridge.
  SUNSHINE SKYWAY: A dark thrilling tale of obsession and hedonism set in Florida

by Jeannie van Rompaey

Why does Roz keep making one disastrous mistake after another? Nineteen-year-old ROZ, leaves London for a honeymoon in Florida with GRAHAM, fourteen years her senior. She hopes he will provide the stability she needs after the death of her father and the abrupt end of a love affair. Her new husband’s brutish behaviour the night they arrive shatters that belief. Confused and hurt, when Roz meets charismatic twins, THEO and JOLENE, she goes with them to their home in the Everglades. Roz needs time away from Graham to consider her options. On the way they cross the famous bridge with its history of disasters, SUNSHINE SKYWAY. Roz is fascinated by its steep ascent that gives the illusion it ends in the sky. On arrival at the isolated villa, EVERGLADE FOLLY, she finds herself in a world as surreal as the deceptive Skyway. Obsessed with Theo, manipulated by Jolene and plied with drugs, Roz finds herself drawn into their hedonistic world. As the games they play become darker, Roz knows she must leave. But Theo and Jolene are determined to keep her there. How the hell did Roz get into this mess? And how the hell can she get out of it?
  Bridge to Oblivion
skyway based historical fiction

by Henry Hoffman

In one of the worst bridge disasters in American history, a runaway freighter rams the underpinnings of Tampa Bay’s Sunshine Skyway during a morning squall, spilling a string of rush hour passengers to their deaths. For Charlene Gibbs, the sister of one of the victims, this event leads years later to her own fatal plunge from the reopened Skyway, an incident novice detective Adam Fraley witnesses by chance. Puzzled by the official findings, Fraley delves into the circumstances surrounding the death, his digging uncovering a sinister link between the two tragedies and a cover-up initiated by a powerful figure in the community.
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