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From the Grassy Knoll to Ted Cruz’s Dad: The Biggest JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories and How They’ve Been (Mostly) Debunked

On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding through the streets of Dallas in an open-topped motorcade. With wife Jackie Kennedy by his side, the 46-year-old president was struck by two bullets — one in the head and one in the neck. Former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the murder, and a presidential commission later found that the gunman had acted alone.

But that conclusion has hardly satisfied the public, with JFK’s assassination fueling conspiracy theories for decades to come.

On Thursday, nearly 54 years later, the government is expected to release thousands of long-blocked and classified documents about JFK’s assassination, in a move that could further inflame existing conspiracy theories — or spawn new ones.

Here are three of the top conspiracy theories about JFK’s murder — so far:

1. The grassy knoll

Some say the trajectory of the bullets that struck JFK didn’t align with Oswald’s position on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, spurring theories that a second gunman — perhaps on the grassy knoll of Dallas’ Dealey Plaza — participated in the shooting.

That theory was given a boost by none other than the U.S. House of Representatives, which voted in 1976 — in the wake of the Watergate scandal — to establish a Select Committee on Assassinations to reinvestigate JFK’s killing.

The House found no evidence of Soviet, Cuban or CIA involvement in Kennedy’s assassination, but did conclude that there was “probably” a conspiracy involving a second gunman on the “grassy knoll,” The Washington Post reported, while pointing out that the theory has since been discredited multiple times.

In 2008, a team of experts used high-tech tools including 3-D computer simulations, artificial human body surrogates and modern blood splatter analysis to determine that Oswald’s perch is the likely origin point of the bullet that killed Kennedy, NBC News reported.

2. LBJ or the CIA

According to other widespread conspiracy theories, JFK’s assassination was plotted by the CIA and/or then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was sworn in as president hours after Kennedy was shot.

Some speculate that LBJ plotted Kennedy’s assassination because the vice president feared being dropped from the Democratic ticket in the upcoming 1964 election.

Kennedy’s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, said in her 1968 memoir that Kennedy had in fact planned to replace Johnson as vice president, and that he told Lincoln as much just three days before he was killed.

However, historians and scholars have scoffed at the theory that LBJ orchestrated his boss’s death. Larry Sabato, author of The Kennedy Half-Century, told the Daily Beast the theory has no “hard evidence” and is “ridiculous.”

Others believe the CIA had Kennedy killed because the agency opposed some of the president’s positions on Cuba and Communism, particularly his refusal to offer air support for the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, a CIA mission to overthrow Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, Business Insider reported.

The new documents are expected to shed light on the CIA’s response to the assassination — and could finally put this conspiracy to rest.

Although this theory has been the hardest to disprove, Mark Fenster, author of Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture, told the Daily Beast he’s deeply skeptical of it because “I’m not convinced that the CIA of that era has shown itself as an organization to be exceptionally competent at doing anything but ruining other countries and people’s lives in openly secretive ways. Pulling off a JFK hit and keeping it secret this long would be the mark of an incredibly competent plot.”

3. Ted Cruz’s dad

A theory resurfaced by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail claims that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, was somehow involved in JFK’s killing and had been spotted with Oswald before the shooting.

Taking aim at his 2016 rival’s father, Trump told Fox News in a telephone interview last year, “His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, you know, shot. I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this? Right? Prior to his being shot. And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don’t even talk about that — that was reported. And nobody talks about it.”

This theory has also been widely discredited, with FactCheck.org pointing out that Trump was citing a National Enquirer articleThe piece quotes a photo expert who said an unidentified man spotted handing out Fidel Castro leaflets with Oswald has “more similarity than dissimilarity” to the elder Cruz.

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Speculation over JFK’s assassination is so popular that the majority of Americans have actually bought into the theories. A 2013 Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 62 percent of Americans believe Kennedy’s murder was part of a broader plot.

Meanwhile, Jackie Kennedy’s former Secret Service agent, Clint Hill, told PEOPLE this week that he believes the former first lady would support the release of the long-secret documents in the name of transparency.

“It was my understanding that she wanted all the information released,” he said. “She wanted people to have as much information about what actually happened as possible.”


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The Roswell Conspiracy: Tyler Locke 3 (An International Thriller)

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For fans of Dan Brown and Clive Cussler, THE ROSWELL CONSPIRACY is a “masterful thriller” (James Rollins) “full of smart, intense action” (Patrick Lee). BOOK DESCRIPTION: After the 1908 Tunguska blast levels a Siberian forest the size of London, a Russian scientist makes an amazing discovery amongst the debris. In 1947, ten-year-old Fay Allen of Roswell, New Mexico, witnesses the fiery crash of an extraordinary craft unlike anything she’s ever seen. More than sixty years later, former Army combat engineer Tyler Locke rescues Fay from gunmen who are after a piece of wreckage she claims is from the Roswell incident. Incredulous of her tale, Tyler believes the attack on Fay is nothing more than a burglary gone wrong. But when he finds himself locked in the back of a truck carrying a hundred tons of explosives and heading for a top secret American base, Tyler knows that he has stumbled onto the opening gambit of something more sinister than he ever imagined. Because disgraced Russian spy Vladimir Colchev is after an Air Force prototype code-named Killswitch, an electromagnetic pulse weapon of unprecedented power. Although Tyler is able to avert catastrophe at the US facility, Colchev gets away with the bomb and plans to turn it on America itself. To complete his mission, he needs only one other key component, a mysterious object recovered from the Roswell crash. In a desperate race against time, Tyler must unmask a conspiracy a century in the making to rescue the United States from electronic Armageddon. Tyler Locke’s other adventures are also available! Book 1: THE ARK (“Mach-speed mayhem” – Steve Berry) Book 2: THE VAULT (“An electrifying blend of history, myth, and science” – Publishers Weekly starred review) Book 4: THE LOCH NESS LEGACY (“A fantastic read” – Graham Brown) And check out Boyd’s standalone thrillers: ROGUE WAVE (“Top-notch suspense” – Douglas Preston) THE CATALYST (“Frighteningly smart” – Jason Frost, RubiconReader) REVIEWS: “I’ve been

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The Terror Conspiracy: Deception, 9;11 and the Loss of Liberty

The Terror Conspiracy: Deception, 9;11 and the Loss of Liberty


Jim Marrs presents the official government pronouncement on 9/11 as an obvious conspiracy. The only question is whose conspiracy it was. According to the government, the conspiracy involved about nineteen suicidal Middle Eastern Muslim terrorists, their hearts full of hatred for American freedom and democracy, who hijacked four airliners, crashing two into the Twin Towers of New York Citys World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon, near Washington, DC. The fourth airliner reportedly crashed in western Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to overcome the hijackers. To add insult to injury, this whole incredible Mission Impossible operation, which defeated a forty-billion-dollar defense system, was under the total control of a devout Muslim cleric using a computer while hiding in a cave in Afghanistan. Primarily using mainstream media and government reports, Marrs has crafted the definitive journalistic account exposing the likely complicity of the Bush administration in the 9/11 attacks, providing a history of the overt and covert causes of the events. However, his analysis goes far beyond 9/11, enabling us to understand the motivation behind American foreign policy, with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as primary examples of the US governments secret agenda.

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The Zurich Conspiracy

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Thirty-something Josefa Rehmer is as smart and ambitious as they come, qualities that have earned her the enviable position of events manager at Loyn, an exclusive Zurich leather accessories company. But when Werner Schulmann is appointed to be her new supervisor, Josefa’s professional ambitions are dealt a serious blow. After all, it was Schulmann’s sexual harassment that nearly derailed her career years earlier. Unable to stomach the thought of working for such a man, Josefa resigns, abandoning Loyn for another local firm. But when Schulmann is murdered and Loyn’s CEO commits suicide, Josefa begins to suspect that something other than sexual impropriety is plaguing her former company. She sets out to uncover the truth and soon realizes the two deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. As she digs deeper, Josefa finds herself caught in a complex and dangerous web of blackmail, corporate espionage, and murder. And if she’s not careful, she will be the next one to take the fall. This dramatic tale of corporate intrigue doubles as an intricately plotted thriller about the darkest side of office politics and the people who will do anything to come out on top.
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Thirty-something Josefa Rehmer is as smart and ambitious as they come, qualities that have earned her the enviable position of events manager at Loyn, an exclusive Zurich leather accessories company. But when Werner Schulmann is appointed to be her new supervisor, Josefa’s professional ambitions are dealt a serious blow. After all, it was Schulmann’s sexual harassment that nearly derailed her career years earlier. Unable to stomach the thought of working for such a man, Josefa resigns, abandoning Loyn for another local firm. But when Schulmann is murdered and Loyn’s CEO commits suicide, Josefa begins to suspect that something other than sexual impropriety is plaguing her former company. She sets out to uncover the truth and soon realizes the two deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. As she digs deeper, Josefa finds herself caught in a complex and dangerous web of blackmail, corporate espionage, and murder. And if she’s not careful, she will be the next one to take the fall. This dramatic tale of corporate intrigue doubles as an intricately plotted thriller about the darkest side of office politics and the people who will do anything to come out on top.
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By the time she reaches her midthirties, Josefa Rehmer?s career is right on schedule. Her job as events planner for Loyn, an exclusive Zurich leather accessories company, has placed her on the fast track up the corporate ladder ? until the day Werner Schulmann walks back into her life. Schulmann?s sexual harassment years before nearly derailed her ambitions; now that he is her new supervisor, Josefa doubts she?ll escape a second time. Unable to stomach the thought of working for such a man, she resigns, hoping to salvage her career before things get ugly. But when Schulmann is murdered and Loyn?s CEO commits suicide, Josefa begins to suspect that something much worse than sexual impropriety was plaguing her former company. Caught in a complex and dangerous web of blackmail, corporate espionage, and murder, Josefa realizes it isn?t just her career on the line ? it?s her life.
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The Hurricane Conspiracy

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In the aftermath of a direct hurricane strike on Vero Beach, Florida, WILL AND BETSY BLACK discover the body of one of Will’s colleagues, DAVID TRESSLER, in his office. As far as the authorities are concerned, it is a storm related casualty but Will and Betsy are not convinced. As the people in the City of Vero Beach begin to sort through the debris, live without electrical power, take cold showers, eat canned food and drink warm drinks, these experiences test tempers and human foibles rise to the point of actual humor. Against this backdrop of inconvenience and frustration, Will and Betsy, along with their friends GUY and PENNY WALSH decide to become amateur sleuths to uncover the truth about Dave Tressler’s death. Since they are not able to work as a result of hurricane damage to their offices, they have time to devote to the investigation. They discover Dave Tressler was a highly unethical stock broker and encounter numerous potential perpetrators that could have killed him. With GUY and PENNY’s help, their sleuthing reveals hostility towards Dave even from his widow, CONNIE TRESSLER, his father-in-law, MIKE POLLARD and his brother. Alarming evidence also links Dave with illegal security sales for a group of Colombians. However, once the Colombians become aware of the interest in their affairs, the Blacks and the Walshes experience a series of dangerous encounters As evidence continues to mount that Dave’s death is a homicide, so do the suspects and the level of intrigue.

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The Secret: Edward Wilson And The Government Conspiracy

The Secret: Edward Wilson And The Government Conspiracy


This book suggests a solution to an episode that has remained a mystery to this day. It is a story involving a king, his mistress, one of Princess Diana’s ancestors and a financial genius. The solution offered here is a hypothesis, but as will be shown, a more plausible one than two published well after Wilson’s death. These earlier accounts written anonymously by authors with a political axe to grind are printed here as appendices, so that readers can compare the three.

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The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

Here’s what I believed when I was trying to get my first publishing deal:

There is a cabal of writers and publishers purposefully keeping me out. Every successful writer is part of this cabal. They know who I am and they hate what I write because it is too good and they feel threatened by me and my work. I’m just too brilliant. Too edgy. Too innovative and new.

Of course, I never verbalized this or said it in my head in this specific way or perhaps I would’ve realized how ridiculous and narcissistic and petty it sounds. But there was always a feeling of something being incredibly unfair, and if I give words to that feeling, then that is the feeling and those are the words, however delusional they may sound now. I never realized, at the time, how much comfort there was inside that feeling because it absolved me completely of any and all responsibility for my success or failure.

What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I’d already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.

It is so incredibly tempting to take the power out of your own hands and put it in someone else’s. It’s terrifying to accept that what you write and how good it is, is ultimately up to you, because then you have to accept that maybe your first novel (all 80 000 words of it) isn’t good enough and maybe you have to start again from scratch. Maybe your writing hasn’t found an audience yet because, maybe, that audience doesn’t exist. Maybe the people who read it just don’t like it.

All those maybes are hard, painful things just to consider, let alone act upon. But the best writers I know not only entertain those thoughts, they sigh, roll their eyes and start again. They wake up feeling completely and utterly despondent, and then they go to work. The worst, on the other hand, often aren’t writers for long and if they are, they spend their time going to seminars and endlessly trawling through articles looking for tricks, for the right agent, publishing secrets and quick and easy tips — something, anything that doesn’t involve actually going back and doing the work — and it is work. Ask not for motivation. Ask for discipline.

Here’s the only real tip, trick or secret to writing:

You have to actually enjoy the act of writing, not the idea of being a writer, not the respect and awe you believe you’ll command as a writer, not the romance of tapping away at a typewriter or signing someone’s book — you have to love the numbing, horrible, finicky hard work of sitting there with sentences and paragraphs and pages, working out how to make each and every word sing its own song. The act of writing anything, a novel or a poem, is only slightly more pleasurable than it is laborious, and if you are a writer, you chase that little bit. You slave on, chasing. But if you’ve got that, then everything else stops mattering as much because that little, tiny bit is there every single time you sit down in front of a keyboard or a notepad. And it’s enough.

That’s it. It’s 2015. There are a million different ways to find your audience, if they exist. You just have to give them a good enough reason to, find you.

The plain and simple reality is it’s hard to get someone to read a book, let alone buy one. The process of becoming a writer, as a profession, is hard work and takes a long time and luckily, none of that matters if you enjoy the act of what you’re doing. And while sexism, racism and phobias of all kinds are real and terrible and should be revealed and stamped out wherever they’re found, all the writers and publishers I’ve met, didn’t have a single thing against me, or you.

And while that’s scary, it’s also really, really, really good news.

Good luck.

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A Conspiracy of Eagles

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Bart Davis is a rare talent. His novels are extraordinary.” -Gerry Carroll, author of North SAR AN EXPERIMENT IN TERROR BEGUN HALF A CENTURY AGO HAS REACHED ITS CLIMAX The Master Race. Fifty years ago, that twisted idea and the men who propounded it turned to ash. Now, the fire has been rekindled, and it’s about to explode across three continents. This time, the Children of the Eagle are determined that the fire shall not die. Journalist Ben Davidson came to Mississippi to report on the Klan, but his investigation is about to take a strange and savage twist. He has caught a glimpse of an unspeakable horror-the Adlerkinden, the Children of the Eagle, whose blood-drenched roots stretch from Hitler’s top command to today’s South African diamond kings and into the very heartland of America. With scant evidence in a world grown cynical, Davidson descends into the fearful heart of the expanding conspiracy. Plunging into a web of murder, corruption, and betrayal, he lands in the arms of a tragic, beautiful woman whose secret obsession with the neo-Nazis could prove fatal to the Adlerkinden-or to Davidson. About the Author Bart Davis is the author of ten novels, five non-fiction books, two feature films, and a wide range of print articles. He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and Stony Brook University. His books have been published internationally, and translated into Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, German, Dutch, Portuguese, British, Spanish, and Korean. His novels include the five-book Peter MacKenzie submarine series and the bestselling A CONSPIRACY OF EAGLES. He has also written for the New York Times and NEWSDAY, and his work has appeared in “Psychology Today” and “People” magazine. Bart’s screenwriting credits include the feature film FULL FATHOM FIVE adapted from his novel; and the feature film LOVE OR MONEY. He lives with his family in New York.

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Conspiracy Theorist Proves John F. Kennedy Never Existed

A startling new book, I Do Solemnly Swear…Not!, offers incontrovertible proof that the late President John F. Kennedy never actually existed. “JFK’s supposed life and death were the greatest hoaxes perpetrated on the United States since the so-called ‘signing of the Declaration of Independence,'” says author Maxwell Furlobble. “It’s part of a conspiracy so vast and complex that I’m pretty sure I’m part of it, which, of course, is exactly what they want you to think and I do.”

According to Furlobble, the Kennedy Family itself was invented in the 1840s by The Finger, a consortium that included oil speculators, the Illuminati, the Catholic Church, Freemasons, Whigs, and extraterrestrials from the Phoenix Dwarf and Triangulum Galaxies. “The Finger has controlled all of American and Greek history, using a combination of powerful mind rays, holograms and puppets,” explains Furlobble. “Whenever people thought John F. Kennedy was in a room, he really wasn’t. For those people who were there, you were all tricked. For those people who weren’t there, well, you can’t really say what happened, can you? Can you? Ha! In your face!”

When people suspected the truth about The Finger in the early 1960s, “John F. Kennedy” had to be “eliminated” and The Order turned to filmmaker Stanley Kubrick to fake the famous Zapruder footage. “Abraham Zapruder never existed and neither did Dallas, Texas,” says Furlobble. “Kubrick did exist, though, although the moon landing he later faked made no difference since the moon isn’t real.”
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