I was sitting at work earlier when I realized today is a day of historical significance…the 53rd anniversary of the JFK assassination. Otherwise known as the crux of my favorite conspiracy theory.
I have both a love hate relationship with conspiracy theories. As a general rule they are simultaneously idiotic and fascinating. If you don’t believe simply google flat earth theory and read some message boards. However flat earthers and their heliocentric prejudices are a topic for another time.
For those of you who may have never taken a high school history course JFK was riding through Dealey Plaza in Dallas when he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald from the 6th floor of the Texas book depository building with a Mannlicher Carcano rifle.
Or did he?
According to the Warren Commission the answer is yes. However if you don’t want to take THE MAN’s word for it there are any number of contradictory texts available. My personal favorite is the Jim Marrs epic Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy. Marrs is a crackpot whose made a living writing about Rothschild banking conspiracies and alien monkeyshines (including the theory that the moon is hollow and was driven here like a giant alien SUV to be parked in the earth’s orbit millions of years ago). Another fun fact: Crossfire also inspired Oliver Stone’s halfway watchable film JFK.
If you’d like to learn more but are too embarrassed to be seen in the esoteric knowledge section of your local Barnes & Noble I recommend this article from today’s LA Times: