Dumbarton, Scotland - "I thought she was dead," Lottie Mackinnon said quietly.
McKinnon and her two children huddled in the corner of the cafe, sipping hot chocolate, describing the day three years ago, she and her border collie Bonnie in Overton, Dunbarton, Scotland Take a walk on the bridge.
As soon as we approached the bridge, Bonnie seemed to be controlled by something, McKinnon said. "At the beginning she was there, but then she seemed to be possessed by a strange energy, running and jumping off the railing."
A dog is confused by evil forces and jumps from the bridge? It sounds like a ridiculous scene in the TV series Twilignt Zone.
But the Scots insist that since the 1950s, hundreds of dogs have been suddenly driven and jumped from this Gothic stone bridge, McKinnon's dog is one of them. Many dogs died in the depths of the valley under the bridge covered with rugged rocks.
Residents of Dumbarton, northwest of Glasgow, called the 100-year-old bridge Overton, a 50-foot canyon, a "dog suicide bridge."
McKinnon grew up in the nearby Milton Village, recalling that she had rushed down the canyon, through the woods and bushes, and desperately looking for Bonnie's experience. But as she approached, Bonnie began to whimper and tried to stand up.
It is a miracle that she can survive, she said.
In this land of superstition, mythology and monsters - Scotland is, after all, the place where the legend of Loch Ness was created - this bridge is at the heart of a long-lasting mystery. Why are so many dogs jumping?
According to local researchers, more than 300 dogs have jumped from the bridge; the tabloid reported that it was 600. It is said that at least 50 dogs have died.
Some people provide some rational explanations about the terrain of the canyon, and the smell of mammals in the canyon can make the dog crazy.
There are also some explanations with supernatural colors.
The location of the bridge is exceptionally quiet, tree-lined, and sometimes even makes people feel that everything is still, completely in line with the so-called "thinness" of the Kyle scribes - a place that is fascinating, heaven and earth Convergence here.
“The people in Dunbarton are very superstitious,” said local taxi driver Alastair Dutton. "We played at this place in Overton from an early age. We believe there are ghosts here because we all see or feel ghosts here."
These jump bridge events inspired the episode of the American TV series The Unexplained Files. There is also a book devoted to this phenomenon.
这些跳桥事件为美国电视剧《未解之谜》(The Unexplained Files)的一集提供了灵感。还有一本书是专门探讨这个现象的。
However, despite so much attention, this mystery still exists and has not been resolved.
From a distance, this gorgeous bridge built in the Victorian era of 1895 seems to be just a stretch of adjacent 19th-century manor, built by wealthy businessman James White in Dumbarton.
The bridge spans the little Overton Bourne River and walks closer, you can see its three arches. Standing between the black granite walls of the bridge, it is easy to forget that the bridge is a deep canyon.
In a nearby manor, current tenant Bob Hill said he and his wife have seen it since moving into the property called Overtoun House more than 17 years ago. The dog suddenly jumped off the bridge.
在附近的庄园里，目前的租户鲍勃·希尔(Bob Hill)说，自从17多年前搬进这处如今名为奥弗顿庄园(Overtoun House)的房产以来，他和妻子曾看到几只狗突然从桥上跳下去。
Hill is a pastor from Texas who runs a distressed women's aid center in the area. He provides a very practical explanation: small animals sprint in the canyon under the bridge, the smell of the dog makes the dog crazy, then They got rid of the dog leash - if they were being led - jumped down the bridge.
These dogs will jump on the guardrail of the bridge when they smell the leeches, pines or other mammals, Hill said. "Because the guardrails are pointed, they will fall."
However, he admits that the area of ??Overton is "a more exotic place."
“Scotland is a place with many supernatural phenomena that are common in people's lives,” he added.
Paul Owens, a religious and philosophical teacher in Glasgow, grew up in a small town near the bridge and recently published a book about the mystery. In explaining the phenomenon of dog jumping, he stood firmly in the supernatural camp.
After 11 years of research, I am sure that there is a ghost behind everything, he said outside a bar in a rainy day in Glasgow.
Owens's theory is very popular among some local residents. They grew up listening to the story of "White Lady of Overtoun", the son of James, John White. The grief of the will.
欧文斯的理论在一些当地居民中很受欢迎，他们从小就听着“奥弗顿的怀特女士”(White Lady of Overtoun)的故事长大，这位女士是詹姆斯之子约翰·怀特(John White)的悲痛遗孀。
After the death of her husband in 1908, this woman spent more than 30 years in sorrow alone, said Dunbarton resident Marion Murray. "Since then, her ghost has been in this area. People have seen her appear by the window and still move around."
One day, Emma Dunlop, who said she had heard the "horror story," went to Overton with her Labrador Retriever Ginger anyway.
She did not let him out of her wagon until he was tied with a rope.
He never tried to jump down, she said. "But sometimes when he walks on the bridge, he will stop or squat, so I have been very careful."
Jin Jie jumped out of the car, ran around the owner, then went straight to the Overton Bridge and ran to the other end without hesitation.
But then Jin Jie stunned and looked back at what was on the bridge, but the human eye seemed to see nothing.
Ah, she is there - that white girl, Dunlop said with a smile, suggesting that Jin Jie saw the ghost on the bridge.
Then they went on a walk.