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Saco River

Saco, Maine

Many years ago, a young Native American girl was kidnapped by a couple of settlers. She was taken out on the river in a canoe. A fight pursued and the vessel capsized; all three died. Three people (sometimes more) die per year according to the legend. The girl’s father, a Native American chief, was highly upset. He placed a curse on the river and vowed that three people would die on the river every year. Since then, three or more people have died on the Saco each year.

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Jackie says:

September 9, 2009, 8:56 am

The real Saco Curse is about the a sachem of the Sokokis tribe named Squandro whose son Menewee was thrown into the river by three white english sailors. The boys mother pulled him from the river but he died shortly after. Squandro mourned for three days then cursed the river, commanding the spirits to “claim 3 lives a year until all white men had fled its banks.” Every year until the mid 1940’s it has sometimes even more. I think the curse still holds because some bodies probably have never been found since it is a big river. I cant wait for our camping trip to Saco this weekend!

Aley says:

September 20, 2009, 10:37 am

This story is true, stupid *******.
Read the newspaper, or ask your parents to sound it out for you.

kim says:

September 25, 2009, 7:10 pm

my dad fell asleep in the river and almost got pulled down still alive and my cosin almost got pulled down when he was younger put he was saved by my gramps on my moms side

Roy Adams says:

September 28, 2009, 12:59 am

I’m a Maine resident who lives on the Saco River. The story is 75% wrong. Some white sailers intercepted a skuaw with a baby. They wanted to test the notion that indian babies could swim at birth so they took the baby(named Menewee) from her and trew it in the river. The mother dove in and rescued her baby but it died that night from pnemonia. The skuaw was married to a cheif named Squandro. He placed the curse on the river that 3 whites would die untill the whites left the land. Only one year has gone by without at least three drownings.

talisha says:

October 8, 2009, 11:37 am

hey ummmm i always thought the story went that 3 children of white men would die every 7 years, not just 3 people every year???? idk. who knows if its true, guess u gotta reasearch it. makes for a good story thogh.

cassandra says:

January 14, 2010, 12:57 pm

i live a mile away and two years ago a man died in the saco river

may says:

January 23, 2010, 1:40 pm

I had lived in the Fryburg area for over 30 years andyes thestory is
true. three or more people seem to drown on the saco every year. This is a story that never changes from one generation to the next.

Jackson Stone says:

February 25, 2010, 2:19 pm

I blame the Jews

Rob says:

April 14, 2010, 1:16 am

I knew a kid that once drowned in their 11 years old. very sad. I cant recall if anyones drowned in their recently since then.

Amanda says:

April 21, 2010, 7:45 pm

check yourselves, seriously, check yourself. Look up deaths in the saco river by year, there is not one year that less than three people have died in it.

Mike says:

May 20, 2010, 3:24 am

I live in Kennebunk and have been to the Saco River plenty of times. One thing the story above forgot to mention is the fact that it’s only white people that are killed each year. As far as I know, there are around 3 deaths a year there so I think it’s legit.

Delaina says:

May 26, 2010, 4:25 pm

I can tell you first hand that in the 25 years I have been alive that at least 3 people have died every single year on the Saco River. I believe the curse is real. But anyone who has said that it’s not true at all need to check their facts because like I said 3 people have died every single year. Some of those deaths are because of their own stupidity but never the less it still fits the curse.

Shannon says:

July 7, 2010, 3:45 pm

Ummm… I live in Biddeford, the neighboring city to saco. I drive over the bridge connecting Saco and Biddeford that runs directly over the Saco River almost daily. the last time someone died there was 19 ninety something.

justin says:

July 13, 2010, 11:13 pm

i’m not sure if the curse is true or not but i belive! i’ve lived near the river my entire life and i’m the fith generation in my family to have lived hear. the river dosen’t just take white males nor do you have to enter into it’s waters for it to take you. i’ve known people to be just sitting beside it eating a picnic and choke to death. i’ve known people to be in 1′ of water in a canoe and it flips over and they hit their heads and die. i’ve also heard of a bunch of people swimming together and a rock rolls over and traps someone under water until they drown and then lets them go. this actualy happened to real people that i know! i’m not going into that river anytime soon nor are my children!

Sarah Wells says:

August 13, 2010, 12:46 pm

I live in Saco and know that people die in the Saco river quite often. I wanted to stop young kids jumping off a bridge one day a few years ago. I should have. One of them drowned. Some guy with a woman drove down Lincoln St., across Route 1 and into the river a couple Januarys ago. Took weeks to find the mans body.
I don’t know about the entire Saco river, but there seem to be plenty of deaths right here in town.

Alya says:

August 19, 2010, 3:16 pm

I do not think that can happen. I think that is just a hoax and I don’t believe that it is true.

Sarah Wells says:

August 19, 2010, 6:43 pm

Let me know how I can get a hold of you Alya and I’ll tell you when the next one goes in. I forgot about the guy sitting on the train bridge last year. He fell in and died as well.

Maryann says:

October 21, 2010, 8:32 pm

This is true. Every year three people die. I am from Saco and still live in Saco/Biddeford. Go over the bridge on pine st. There are crosses and flower wreaths with young boys names on them. My children were friends with a few. There was a huge thing on New Channel 13 out of Portland Maine a boy fell into the river and they were searching for him. So so so many sad stories. Look it up …

Smith says:

February 2, 2011, 1:47 pm

Last summer a teenager was hit by a truck on the Salmon Falls Bridge that goes over the Saco River. Sorry to all the families for their losses.

Debbie Tibbetts says:

May 11, 2011, 6:18 pm

I lived on the saco river most of my life. I lost my 14 year old Brother in the Saco River, He drowned after falling thru the ice while trying to save a dog, which he did but he didnt make it I heard of this curse when I was very young.

Bethany says:

September 26, 2011, 11:45 am

Wow, I did not know this. I raced on that river when I was 11 or 12 years old and was capsized. However, I’m still here.

cindy says:

October 22, 2011, 10:44 pm

I grew up in Biddeford with the Saco river as my backyard,swimming there every summer since I was like 10 years old.Its a very dangerous river.As with any body of water,caution is needed when swimming.I can remember hearing about this curse and always took care when going in the river.I know of numerous drownings over the years and there hasn’t been a year when someone did not died in that river.I knew some of the people who did.Is it because the river is cursed? Who will ever know for sure,but the story behind the curse is true,and the woman that was abducted had a child with her an that is why she fought so hard to get away Back in the summer of 1675, a group of drunken sailors, anchored off the coast of what is now southern Maine came across a young Native American mother in a canoe with her child.There had been tales circulating around that an Indian baby could swim from birth, so the sailors decided to put this to the test. They captured the canoe, took the baby from the mother and threw him right into the water, where he drowned.

LocalLegend says:

December 24, 2011, 1:18 am

This is an actual local legend. I grew up in the Twin Cities of Biddeford and Saco. I learned to swim at Rotary Park, spent summers jumping off the Black Bridge, Salmon Falls Bridge and cliffs, Pine Street bridge and the roofs of some of the old factory buildings along the river. I heard about the legend when I was a youngster and although I haven’t done research to confirm the actual number of deaths, each year people die in the Saco River it’s a long river that goes all the way to New Hampshire and many people swim and boat in it. It doesn’t surprise me that at least 3 people die in it every year and probably more than that do, there are a lot of potential dangers to the river from fast currents to large trees floating in it to thin ice, not to mention all the cliffs, bridges, and rope swings along it. And people do stupid things. Is the curse for real? Heck yea it is! considering its size and the population around it, its statistically cursed…

Brandon says:

February 1, 2012, 1:40 pm

I **** sheep

Donald Barnebey says:

October 21, 2012, 6:21 pm

I have swum several times in the Saco near N. Conway, NH. I would challenge all the doubters and scoffers here to come up to Maine and swim in the Saco. Or are you folks too scared to do so? You talk a big line, but it’s doubtlessly skeptics like you that the river and the curse might just pick next. Come, I dare you!

Cail says:

October 25, 2014, 2:53 pm

I grew up swimming in this river everyday in summer and late into fall
Every year pretty much until five years ago..My mother always warned my brother about the legend of the curse and insisted he never swam alone.which he did many times but as we
Are part native we thought it would never touch us we took very stupid risks and luckily we were never seriously harmed.. We swam all over from n.h to biddeford to saco and yes there were several incidents where close friends perished ..white men and boys alike..always in three or two a year ..very sad as this curse is not selective and innocent people were cut down too soon .One very scary incident was I was swimming with a bunch of people at bridge and I was always afraid to go in by myself as I always had a bad feeling as if something would pull me under . well my brother knew this and cruely pushed me in and while I was under water happened to open my eyes..I swear to this day I saw a woman’s dead body stating right into my eyes just floating there under water about ten feet away
From me smiling …I was so scared it knocked my breath out and I screamed almost drowning myself …I swam as fast as I could to the rope and climbed out I never told anyone what I saw until now . i convinced myself it couldn’t be real just like all you unbelievers .
And continued swiming there and still would . I am still afraid for my brother tho. Because I think she was waiting for him …he saw how scared I was and we ended up leaving that day…but i will never open my eyes again umderwster ..afraid of what’s in there ..and if it is real

cail says:

October 25, 2014, 3:25 pm

I was the first in water and all alone ..the water was cloudy that day .But I know what I saw the only thing i don’t get is she was white woman …for sure ..I dunno why I saw this but I could somehow tell she was already dead water decrepit and wrinkled kind of yellowish puffy …I thought mabey it was a real body trapped under by a tree branch or something and as I swam back kept looking frantically behind me …when i got up high I looked imtensly in the spots I thought I saw her and saw nothing in the water neither did anyone else ..when I said I saw “something” in the water ….no one else seemed to be scared …and I guess besides me and my brother all had a good time swimming that day….but two days later is when we all felt the curse when my best friends little brother drowned at that particular spot ..i knew she was waiting for someone …just wish it hadn’t hv been him…but very glad we left that day as it could hv been my brother …I don’t know if this woman or if what I saw was part of this curse and I know the curse itself is probably not responsible for every death on the river …but it was real enough so if I ever swimm in that river again I’ll always still feel like something will be waiting to pull me under…and I certainly will never let my two little boys swim in saco river for sure !!!

kerri says:

June 27, 2015, 8:31 am

There is a story same as this. At lake ronkonkama ny long island where ppl drowned in the middle of the lake. .theres a woman who drowned and died and now its cursed and she takes u under water to die u get sucked in.but i find out that in rivers and some lakes theres a current that goes dowbward and sucks u under and u cant come back up. I wouldnt beleive everything u hear. Mostly its fake or to scare ppl like marys grave in ny.not true i been there nothing happend

Macleod says:

June 29, 2016, 4:16 pm

That’s just Zumi at the river. He is not trying to hurt anyone only trying to get them to look under the water for his cake. Look him up in the VA listings.

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