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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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Brittany says:

March 4, 2006, 4:36 pm

I have been going to the saco river every year and nobody evr dies but my cousin was swimming and he started drownding and he almost died but luckly my dad jumped in and saved him and nobody got hurt so from then on my family has not gone all these years.

Drew says:

March 12, 2006, 8:24 am

Whatever….not true never happens !!!!

Cathy Lyons says:

March 15, 2006, 4:54 pm

Yes, there is a real folk legend of the Saco River, but the above story is pretty much wrong. To get the true story of the curse I suggest you go to ‘The Saco River Journey’ an on-line intro to the Saco. And yes, many folks have parished in that river over the years, and coincidently or otherwise, some years it is “three” people! I live by the New Hampshire border, by the Saco and a lot of old timers in this region of Maine feel very strongly about the Saco River Curse. It is a little creepy- I won’t go near it, nor will I let my kids go in it if I can help it!

Tara says:

April 11, 2006, 9:29 pm

i want to see proof

David says:

May 7, 2006, 2:59 pm

WOW Dude radical oh yeah you must be a real genius to make this website it better not be fake because i believe it!!

Rachael says:

May 15, 2006, 2:55 pm

Theres a story just like that down in utah! this story its said that a woman takes kids that are by the river and pushes them down in… im not sure if its true.. but one of my friends when she when down she felt as something was pushing her into the river..the story is mainly about a woman that had kids and when they didnt behave she would drowned them to teach them a lesson.. so one day the kids drowned her cuz they were getting tired of her … any questions my email is

Debbie says:

May 31, 2006, 12:43 am

I grew up in the area and have been aware of the curse for years. I know personally one person that drowned when I was in school eons ago and having been away 25 yrs I don’t know what’s been going on, but when I was living there, 3+ people did die every year. The curious thing is, the above legend hasn’t changed any over the many years since I first heard it.

Ralph says:

June 8, 2006, 3:44 pm

I lived in Portland, Maine for a number of years and have swam in the Saco River in the Buxton, Bar Mills, and Saco area. It is true! Check the local papers and news archives.

Jodi says:

June 20, 2006, 10:09 pm

That Legend is true it was like seven or eight years ago I was seven or eight. Me,my mom, my moms friend denise,her daughter shanon ,my friend anber and i think her mom kim. We all went swimming down there and we were in like the little pool and it has a stream that goes in the river.Well we were swimming all of us kids and we were joking around and playing shanon and amber and, kim went to go get lunch out of the car and i was there in the pool by myself my mom and denise was laying out in the sun!And all of A sudden I was going down stream in the river and this guy yells hey is that your kid my mom not thinking grab me by my hair and pulled me out! Since then we haven’t swam or even been down there since so yes the legend is true!!!!

kelly says:

June 21, 2006, 1:34 pm

I grew up in the Fryeburg area, which the Saco runs and yes the curse is very much true. In my years of living there, there were several deaths due to the river. The current that runs is very unpredictable. One minute you could be in a foot of water and the next a few inches. You just never know. Two summers ago I took my young son swimming in the Saco by Canal Bridge Campground, Fryeburg and he started to go under. I luckily pulled him to safety and then myself was dragged under. I was never so terrified of drowning in the Saco until that moment. I thank God that there were two men near by that pulled me to safety. So, for those of you who do not believe, trust me, it’s a powerful river when it wants to be.

wayne says:

August 9, 2006, 9:40 pm

yes it is very true i live on the river in steep falls limington area have lived in buxton hollis cornish areas also been on the river my whole life it is no joke !!!! she is very very mysterious!

angel says:

August 10, 2006, 7:23 am

britany how do u know have u checked?omg there seem to be 3 bodies floating on that river! yeah rite!

Melina says:

August 19, 2006, 5:41 pm

if people want proof check the death records of people that have parished in the saco river!!! i lived in the biddeford saco area my entire life and a couple people that died there happen to be friends of mine…..

angel says:

August 22, 2006, 6:43 am

yeah rite how can i check death records when i live in jersey CI?

Big Bill says:

August 22, 2006, 7:42 pm

I love angel

Nora Kesick says:

September 9, 2006, 10:33 pm

Well, I would like everyone out of state to know, that yes, there are usually at least three deaths per year on the Saco River – but consider, this is an extremely long river that travels way up into the state, and with all the people that swim in it every year, there are bound to be that many drownings. One happened right where we live on the river, near the mouth in Biddeford, when a 10 year old boy jumped off a bridge and struck himself on the bottom. His body was found right on the edge of our property, about 2 years before we moved here from New Hampshire. Accidents happen, especially when dealing with a river versus a lake. This river is very dangerous in the spring when the snow is melting, and we have had several floods as a result. Not the result of some curse, just human nature to at times take stupid risks.

Jessica says:

September 20, 2006, 8:49 pm

This is all true. People who disagree obviously have not been around the area for long. 3 white males DO die every year in the saco river. If ou don’t believe us… do the research and check out the statistics.

Jeffrey Decker says:

September 27, 2006, 2:07 pm

Yes i have lived in biddeford maine and the story is true i have had 2 friends that had died there in a row.

mainerbychoice says:

September 30, 2006, 1:29 pm

I moved to Maine in 1999 and just recently left in 2006, My son still lives in Biddeford Maine. In the entire time that we lived in Maine there had been three deaths each year, coincidentally I do believe they were all white males. Whether it is due to the Native American curse or just human stupidity remains to be seen but I can tell you that newspaper research will support this “Urban Legend”

scott says:

October 8, 2006, 12:14 am

I lived in York county in the 1970,s.
I would go with my Dad to the Biddeford Saco area .
One outing we were at a lumber yard that bordered the Saco river, I had always heard about the curse, on this particular outing I wadered close to the edge of a steep embankment and the earth crumbled under my feet.
My Dad heard me screaming as I clung to a root.
He pulled me up.
I will never forget almost becoming a victem of the curse.

Paul says:

October 20, 2006, 2:26 pm

If you have ever taken a trip on the Saco you would know that there is a ton of beer and other things consumed.The river is stong in springtime and early summer.Sooo big suprize that people drown.

erin says:

October 31, 2006, 9:03 am

Kayaker Found Dead In New Hampshire
A 36-year-old man from Conway, New Hampshire died Saturday while kayaking on the East Branch River.
Authorities say the man, whose name is not being released, was paddling with two other men when he rolled his kayak in Bartlett, New Hampshire and was unable to roll back over.
About an hour later and six miles down the river, in the Saco river, his body was recovered.
Authorities say he was an experienced paddler and wearing a life vest, but because of the heavy rain, the river was choppy.

Allie says:

December 14, 2006, 10:56 pm

I personaly believe that the curse is real. I think that it is strange that every year three white males are killed on the saco river. I have had one scauy encounterand don’t plan to have another. In 2004 me and my friend had went up there to swim. Well we went in and it was all good until i turned around and i couldn’t find her. I finally found her and pulled her out of the water. she had ALMOST drowned. If I hadn’t pulled her up right then I would have grabbed her dead body. Since then I have went back once. ONCE! On my second trip I was alone or so I thought. Well my neighbor had decide to follow me and when I went into the water he jujmped me and i was carried under the water and when i finally came up I was all alone. I don’t believe that was the curse it was just my neighbor but what happened to my friend we both believe it waas the curse. since my second frightning incounter with the saco river I haven’t been any were near it on foot! If you have any questions you can E-mail me at you can reach my friend at!!!!! thanx

Allie says:

December 14, 2006, 10:58 pm

I personaly believe that the curse is real. I think that it is strange that every year three white males are killed on the saco river. I have had one scauy encounterand don’t plan to have another. In 2004 me and my friend had went up there to swim. Well we went in and it was all good until i turned around and i couldn’t find her. I finally found her and pulled her out of the water. she had ALMOST drowned. If I hadn’t pulled her up right then I would have grabbed her dead body. Since then I have went back once. ONCE! On my second trip I was alone or so I thought. Well my neighbor had decide to follow me and when I went into the water he jumped me and i was carried under the water and when i finally came up I was all alone. I don’t believe that was the curse it was just my neighbor but what happened to my friend we both believe it waas the curse. since my second frightning incounter with the saco river I haven’t been any were near it on foot! If you have any questions you can E-mail me at you can reach my friend at!!!!! thanx

Brittnie says:

December 16, 2006, 2:42 pm

I very much can support this legend,I have been going to the saco area of maine every summer for the last 4 years,everyone on this comment page is right.I don’t know if the legend is actually true but take a look at the evidence.When I went to the Saco River with my aunt in summer of 04 we went kayaking,normally I’m the kinds girl who loveds a good paddle but something about that river is just not right.The currents are way to strong and its almost as if the river has a mind of its own.
When I got into my kayak and decided to paddle out ,I was shocked to find that I couldn’t steer my kayak!My warning to anyone who wants to venture out to the saco river,be carefull.Being alone in that river is no joke.Its dangerous.

Dakota says:

January 1, 2007, 5:03 pm

I have heard about this before and 3 people died in a raft in march of 06.

Dakota says:

January 1, 2007, 5:05 pm

I also agree with Paul.

destiny says:

January 2, 2007, 8:44 pm

This is scary but it seems so not true!
Duh people!!
Only gullible people would believe this stuff.

dragon man says:

January 3, 2007, 11:20 am

I live next to the saco river it is true believe me

Megan says:

January 5, 2007, 4:55 pm

Take it from someone in the Coast Guard, this river is more deadly than most. People die from drowning every year, yes, this is true. But most rivers, or any other body of water for that matter might average one per year. Not the 3 or more that this one racks up. If you don’t believe this, you’re a fool. You can argue with me until you’re blue in the face that it’s just coincidence. Facts are facts my friend. Not all truths are easy to swallow.

Sammy says:

January 10, 2007, 3:32 pm

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im goin to u have to use the bathroom in your diapy.

Sammy says:

January 10, 2007, 3:40 pm

One time there was a ghost hiding in my daipy.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I screamed that can you believe that?

sammy says:

January 10, 2007, 5:26 pm

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sammy says:

January 10, 2007, 5:35 pm

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romy says:

January 31, 2007, 10:02 pm

i believe this is true….we went there alot when we were little. i almost drowned myself for no apparent reason. my mother got really ill after returning from the river one day. she was sick for a really long time. that was the last time she ever stepped foot there.

bronson says:

February 1, 2007, 11:59 am

This is true i live in biddeford the next town over and one person that went to my school in like 3rd grade died in that river after diving in a hitting a rock knocking him unconsutios….My best friend andrew his real dad fell into that river drunk hit the water sank drown and floated up three days later.

littlesami says:

February 9, 2007, 2:51 pm

Umm, perhaps that is true but keep this in mind. Though some people may die in the Saco river a year or so, does not make it cursed. The odds are in every river, lake or large pond, somone drounds. It just happens, doens’t make it curse just happens. And I think that perhaps this article maybe exagerating the amount of people killed as well.

slumak says:

February 10, 2007, 1:05 am

I am originally from florida. Was visiting my cousins in maine. I can tell you that river is treacherous.I could tell by the way the water was running thru and over the dam area there by the bridge. I have seen lots of rivers & undertows in the ocean, and rapids in colorado-nothing compared to this.

veggieboy says:

February 12, 2007, 9:18 am

It makes for a nice story, but the fact is that the Saco River is pretty long by Maine standards and is frequented by swimmers, kayaks, canoes, and campers. In the summer months it can be hard to find a place to even beach your canoe because of all the campers which typically are high school and college students looking for a place to drink away from home. I know of many people who come from Mass. just for this reason. Any body of water that sees that much traffic and alcohol consumption is going to see accidents. There are plenty of non-alcohol related accidents as well. The Saco river is known for having a lot of debris from trees as well as sudden whirlpools created by rock formations. All of these factors can lead to experienced swimmers and boaters drowning. Statistically, you’re more likely to die in a car accident on the way to one of the boat launches than you are to die, excluding those who increase their chances by swimming or boating drunk, or alone.

imp says:

February 15, 2007, 4:39 pm

I think it’s true. Stranger things have happened here in South Dakota that nobody can explain. We all hear the stories and warnings. Some people refuse to even talk about it.

georgia says:

March 26, 2007, 3:31 am

it is true because one day i was in india and me and my friend georgia saw three ghosts a child and two kiddnappers and that was the last time we ever went to india

georgia says:

March 26, 2007, 3:31 am

it is true because one day i was in india and me and my friend georgia saw three ghosts a child and two kiddnappers and that was the last time we ever went to india

Big D says:

August 18, 2007, 2:52 am

I live in Saco and have swam in the saco many many times in my life. The Saco River is a very dangerous river with some nasty undertoes in spots. As far as it being haunted it very well could be,Maine is a very haunted place. A cousine of mine’s father was direct descendent of Judge/colonal Johnathan Buck (Bucksport,Maine) He had a witch hung and she put a curse on his grave of her foot. I’ve driven by it several times and it freaks me out every time!!!

booth says:

September 4, 2007, 9:33 am

It’s True! I drown there 3 times last year! Could it be people there can’t swim or are too dumb to know how dangerous rivers can be? Just curious…any questions email me via seance.

Debi says:

September 4, 2007, 3:30 pm

My husband told me a close version of this story (which appears in several other forms as well that can be looked up) when I first moved to Fryeburg in college. I can tell you from swimming in the Saco myself that there are several weird anomalies that I haven’t seen in other rivers – like the underground ledge that almost caught me unawares my first time practicing scuba diving (minus the heavy air tank) and would have trapped my drowned body underneath it for quite some time had I not seen it coming toward me and gone over the top, scraping my belly badly while fighting the current that so wanted to keep me down there.
After that first experience with the Saco, I always waited until the news of the third drowning before swimming in the summers we lived nearby. Whether it was because I was more aware of the river’s oddities or whether it was related to the curse, I never had another “near miss” – but I’ll still wait for the third drowning report before I take my kids over to canoe, kayak or swim the Saco.

jd says:

September 16, 2007, 4:05 pm

This is actually true. A lot of out of staters don’t believe it anyways, but the story is true. The Saco claims at least three lives each year. It’s never in the same spot of the Saco either.

HotCarl4All says:

October 6, 2007, 2:35 am

Maine sucks. End of story.

Julia says:

October 14, 2007, 4:56 pm

I live on the saco river and I agree that 3 people die there every year.

Britni says:

October 15, 2007, 2:39 pm

OMFG thats really scary….

Katie J says:

October 26, 2007, 11:51 pm

This is completely true. I grew up in the city that teh river gets it’s name from! Saco, Maine. We learn about the curse in grade school but most know of it before hand. Check any local papers and such…you gotta love Urban Legends…even worse when they’re true!

Michael Martineau says:

October 29, 2007, 8:24 pm

I Grew up in Saco right on the river, as a child spent many a Saturdays talking to the women quite elderly at the time over at the York institute Museum, they told me many stories about Saco, and the Indians, in fact in my own neighborhood was an old colonial cemetery , and there on the unsanctified outskirts of this cemetery where some Indian graves, a grave of a mother and a child, a child who was drowned by early settles in Saco to see if an Indian baby really could swim, it could not and drowned, the Indian baby’s mother is the one to put the curse on these three men to drown, and the curse continues to this day!

Michael Martineau says:

October 29, 2007, 8:25 pm

I Grew up in Saco right on the river, as a child spent many a Saturdays talking to the women quite elderly at the time over at the York institute Museum, they told me many stories about Saco, and the Indians, in fact in my own neighborhood was an old colonial cemetery , and hear on the unsanctified outskirts of this cemetery where some Indian graves, a grave of a mother and a child, a child who was drowned by early settles in Saco to see if an Indian baby really could swim, it could not and drowned, the Indian baby’s mother is the one to put the curse on these three men to drown, and the curse continues to this day!

chass says:

October 30, 2007, 6:12 pm

Hardly no one swam in the river until 1948 or 49 when there was a whole year where there were no deaths. It was also said that it wasnt the woman and 3 men that died, but instead the men were playing a trick on the woman and threw her baby into the river. She got him out but he got sick and died. The baby was the chiefs son which is why he placed the curse on the river. It was also said that the chief made peace with the white man a while later but people still continued dying in the river. My opinion is that it’s just a river with a nasty current. Lots of those around and not because of a curse.

shell says:

November 6, 2007, 2:40 pm

I think the story is true. So many ppl have drowned there and there are always at least 3 ppl a year. And it just so happens that it is always 3 white men. Any of u ppl who think it is not true can look it up and stop being stupid. Also sammy what the hell is ur problem ur messages don’t even make sense. Are you a ******* baby cause u are soo imature.

andrew says:

January 15, 2008, 9:24 pm

i live in saco and it is true i kno people who died in the saco river

Mimi says:

February 15, 2008, 7:31 pm

I live by the Saco River and the legend is true. At least three people die every year on this river.

Melissa van Niekerk says:

March 29, 2008, 2:51 pm

I don’t believe in people casting spells and ****… coinsidence!

ashley says:

April 20, 2008, 9:03 am

yeah its true and actually to tell u the truth the cops and coast gaurds are actually looking for a 12 year old boys bodie right now he fell in yesterday yeah for u people that dont live in maine look up stuff about the saco river its not a safe place

EYEZ says:

April 21, 2008, 2:56 pm

They found him…he is the third to drown this year…but the river may claim one more male, as one of the victims was female…

paige says:

April 21, 2008, 3:49 pm

but how do you know that is real if you were not alive to see it or here about it

Witchy_mich says:

April 22, 2008, 12:14 am

I live close by in Kennebunk. I read about the little boy being found in the paper, and At work we were discussing the curse, and whether the curse states 3 white men, or if it including women too… Don’t go in the water we still have 1 man to go!

EYEZ says:

April 29, 2008, 2:47 pm

The little boy was not white…2 more men to go.
History has proven it to be true. It happens every year except once in the 1940’s. People were forbidden to go in or on the river to try and break the curse.

Brad Welch says:

May 1, 2008, 7:30 am

im sorry but isnt this story a bit racist i mean only the Caucasions (white people) die my uncle was a person who lived near there and for sum reason whenever hes near he hears a crowd of people and when i went i heard voices sayin hes here i think im a desentent of this person who was killed

HannahBlendz says:

May 12, 2008, 12:03 am

I think the Ghost Hunters…(T.A.P.S) should do an investigation on it.

EYEZ says:

May 13, 2008, 9:22 am

^…not sure TAPS does rivers though, but cool idea.

Tiffany says:

May 23, 2008, 1:54 pm

I like this ghost story. Hey, Have you ever heard of Chloe’s Hallow. This is based on legend, though. A long time ago, a black slave woman named Chloe fell in love with a white man. She and he had an affair. People found out about his affair and hanged Chloe for it. People have said that if you go there you can hear the wind howling and some people have actually seen her hanging. This is in Artursan, Kansas like the Sally House.

miranda says:

May 27, 2008, 7:38 pm

omg evry one is saying it is not real IT IS my best friend ramend (the little boy u r all talking about just died about 4 weeks ago in the saco river

AmandaRae says:

June 3, 2008, 5:15 pm

This is true. I used to live a mile from this river, and the story was well known to everyone who lived around it, but the story was different. Three white men had captured and killed the cheif’s daughter, and he set a curse on the river saying that every three years at least three white men will die.

ghosthunter says:

June 8, 2008, 6:00 am

i dont know i’ll try to find somthing on this

ghosthunter says:

June 8, 2008, 6:17 am

im back and not with much info many pepole have deid here and pepole are still dieing allof them white men or boys

ghosthunter says:

June 8, 2008, 6:40 am

i have more info a 41 year old man that was priononced missing waws found dead in the saco river tusday may 13 2008
by the name of keith O’brien he had been missig for naerly a month befor his body was found he was last seen on the rialroad brig on april 16 i got this off of if any one from the saco river area would like to cament on this please do .

JaMeS says:

June 20, 2008, 5:24 pm

Hysteria,ghost do not exist and water deaths are acts of god and nature it can happen to any careless meatball.

EYEZ says:

June 26, 2008, 9:08 am

This is about a curse on the river, not ghosts.
A death in the Saco is most likely an accident, ‘careless meatball’ or not.
If you don’t believe in the paranormal, curses, or ghosts that fine…but it doesn’t mean they don’t exsist.

Mandie says:

June 29, 2008, 4:46 pm

Yes, this story is true, about 3 or more people die every year, swimming, boating, in the “Saco River”. I hope someday people beleave in this story!

Terry says:

July 3, 2008, 11:24 pm

My brother grew up with a friend of his.And went to school with this friend. His friend was swimming in the saco river the other day. With his family and tried to swim across the saco.When the river most dangerous to swim. He was pulled under by the stronge current. And really drowned. They was swimming down by the damn. A BIG NO NO! I beleave in the curse of the Saco River and I feel it is

Bonnie says:

July 21, 2008, 9:53 am

I go to the Saco every year for a canoe trip with a bunch of people and at least where we go (canal bridge to woodland acres) the rivers current isn’t fast at all. It can get a little stronger in parts, but its not dangerous. Booze can make it dangerous, but that’s it

Bonnie says:

July 21, 2008, 9:55 am

I wish Ghosthunter would learn to spell or stop posting however….

Wendy says:

July 26, 2008, 2:31 pm

The story has changed a bit over time. It has become an Urban Legend. I grew up next to the Saco River, as a child in the 80’s the story I was told was of an Indian Medicine Women who’s lover and child were killed by the early settlers. Out of much grief she placed a curse on the river that 3 people would die every year and then commited suicide by drowning herself in the river, so that her soul would remain there waiting to claim the white man and their childrens souls. This story scared the **** out of me as a child, I hated swimming in that river. I was afraid of what might lurk beneath. I had an over active imagination.

Arielle says:

August 11, 2008, 3:13 pm

saco river has to be cursed because more people die on that river then ever. there was a 12 year old boy that was playing with some friends on some rocks and he fell in and died. it took searchers 3 days to recover him in the river..

Linkletter22 says:

August 13, 2008, 9:05 am

It does happen. The Saco river is notorious for killing swimmers. Someone just died recently.

Debbie says:

August 16, 2008, 12:57 pm

If you want the true story of the curse…look up “Squando” online. He was the chief, I believe. The child drowned was his son…and he placed the curse on the Saco River. I’ve lived here all of my life…and it’s TRUE!!!

Bets says:

August 20, 2008, 6:10 pm

It is very true. I believe more than 3 have drowned this year already.

steve says:

August 23, 2008, 1:25 pm

people the sacoriver is very long river and its easy to have 3 die a year

Cassie says:

August 26, 2008, 3:03 pm

I’ve been living in Saco all my life. I live on the Saco River, and every year a few of my friends, and others have passed away in or on the Saco River. I believe the curse is very real, and if three or more people haven’t been taken as victims yet, I strongly suggest you be very careful if you decide to partake in any activities on or in the river.

jeff says:

September 1, 2008, 3:45 pm

It is true. I know quite a few that have died there. If you live loval, every summer when someone dies, people will talk about it and how many that makes for the year. If you’re not local, then you can’t say it’s not true if you’re just talking out your ***.

Marge says:

September 18, 2008, 5:45 pm

I have been coming to Maine all my live and I have heard storys about the curse of the Saco river. When I was in my teens my Aunt lived on the saco river one summer day a freind and I went for a walk on the river and we saw this boat with three or four man in it and all of a sedden we heared screaming so we turned and looked to see what was going on and the boat was going around and around very fast so we ran to get help but by time they got there it was to late.
About 15 years ago my husband and I movied up To Maine and were he is working there is this guy that was telling my husband a story about the river and it was the same one as I had seen it was weired that all these years later I meet someone that was there the same day and saw what I did.

Darleen says:

October 24, 2008, 8:13 pm

I live in Maine,and I hear of some people who have died every year in the soco River.In the year of 1969 my bother and his friend died in the Soco river.They fell asleep on the highway and drove into the Soco river.

Amber M. says:

October 25, 2008, 1:41 pm

It is very true three men do die in the Saco every year and I remember this guy who was swimming with his family at Hiram Falls he started to drown and there was nothing his family could do about it and it took about 3-5 hours just to find him and it is sad cause this is a small town and everyone knows everyone

Ken S says:

November 12, 2008, 7:50 pm

I have lived in Bidd or Saco my whole life and right next to the river for a good part of it. At least 3 people die in that river every year. Just go over the bridges between the two cities or the railroad bridge and look at the memorials that are replaced or put up from someone that has died there.

EelKat says:

February 2, 2009, 5:01 am

in 2008 there were 5 drownings in the Saco Bay (the Saco River Delta); 3 in 2007; I know, because I live on the first house after the bridge over the damn, and every few months, I watch from my bedroom window as the National Guard closes the dam, and dredges the river in search of bodies. Most years the bodies wash up 2 or 3 days later, in the Gully at Old Orchard Beach

Gina says:

March 2, 2009, 4:44 pm

Seriously… I live in the area and have gone canoeing, camping, kayaking, etc. etc. on the Saco since I was a kid. My friends and I have even jumped off bridges into the river and no one’s gotten hurt from that. The river can be really unpredictable and the fact of the matter is that some people are just plain stupid. Kayaking in flood waters in the spring? Of course someone’s going to die if they attempt that. Yeah, there’s a legend about the river, but isn’t this also like saying the ocean’s cursed because people drown in it? I’d chalk this one up to coincidence (and for the record, I am a believer in the supernatural).

Darleen says:

March 2, 2009, 5:54 pm

About this soco river…It could be true or it could not.The only way to find out is lissen to our Maine news and see if anyone got killed in that river this year and lissen how many got killed in other rivers in Maine.I just know my brother died in the Soco River,but it wasn’t the river that killed him,but it was the drop from interstate 95 and falling asleep and going down a hundred ft. to a crash into the soco river.If the river wasn’t there,I don’t know if him and his friend would be alive now.I have heard storys of drownings in the river and kids diving in and died. I never payed attention how many died.But I will pay more attention.I too have conoe down the River with lots of other people,and it is very populated in the the summer.If only we would know the unknown,if three die or not every year.

haley says:

March 13, 2009, 8:23 pm

i was at the saco river one day and i was climbing on some rocks… and i slipped fell and hit my head!! i had to be rushed to the emergency room… i have gone back but i dont go very deep anymore and dont climb on rocks!!!

starfishgirl2009 says:

March 18, 2009, 9:00 am

i live in cutler maine and my house is very haunted.So i believe all of these legends are true.I guess people don’t believe it cause they haven’t excperinced anything like this well i hope some day that the ones that don’t believe something strange will happen to youuuuuuuuuuuu……. Ha Ha Ha Ha ………..

keegan says:

April 4, 2009, 4:42 pm

can u tell me more im a ghost hunter

Rylie says:

July 7, 2009, 12:21 pm

i live rite along the river on Bartlett St.
i’ve only known to 1 kid who has dead there
it was only last year too. but….
(lol spaz attack)

Trixie says:

August 10, 2009, 7:35 pm

This is definately true. I lived in Maine half my life and its always proven to happen. Maine was home to a vast Native American population. I’ve heard the legend of the curse and its always been told the same way. To play the sceptic a moment, there are parts of the Saco River that are pretty swift, and to a novice can prove tricky. Still, interesting coincidence.

joey says:

August 21, 2009, 11:59 am

i live right next to saco. believe me. more than three people die in the river every year

Aly says:

August 31, 2009, 4:00 pm

Omg you’re all bull, it’s real like that Brittany girl, uhh hello?
Raymen was my best friend he died there. What about that girl in the car those tw people. And that girl who jumped off, there’s now a cross on the river. So like I bet you don’t even LIVE in Saco you torists. I’m the one who lives in Sacco & my dads a fire fighter, so ther IS three people a year.

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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