It was on the very unfortunate day of November 22, 1963 that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Texas. JFK suffered a shot through the head and the very spot where he was assassinated had been marked with a white X. This spot eventually became a myriad of many conspiracies revolving around the death of JFK. Investigations of the Warren Commission on JFK’s assassination, which was commissioned by Lyndon B. Johnson in the subsequent months following Kennedy’s death, revealed that the killer was a former U.S. Marine called by the name of Lee Harvey Oswald. It was believed that he was acting alone, who fired three shots from the Texas School Book Depository along JFK’s motorcade route. But majority of American’s do not buy that. Various polls suggest that ever since the assassination many people believed the “lone gunman” theory. But according to Gallup, about a total of 52 percent of Americans believed that the Kennedy assassination was a conspiracy. This figure later escalated to reach 81 percent in both 1970s and even in 1990s. Even today, the Americans do not believe that Oswald was the only one who carried out the gruesome act. Mentioned below are the 6 conspiracy theories behind the assassination of JFK that attempted to answer some obvious and unobvious questions.
6. The Debunked Umbrella Man Theory:
This theory constitutes one of the many conspiracy theories worth mentioning. Bill O’Reilly reported that it was a man who fired a shot from the very tip of his umbrella at Kennedy. According to the theorists, the umbrella man fired a dart at JFK which hit him in the neck. This theory was later debunked in the 1970’s.
5. Two Shooters Theory:
The possibility of two shooters being present at the assassination site has often been discussed in various intellectual circles. Many believe that one of the shooters was hiding on a grassy knoll, right behind a picket fence that was precisely located to the right hand side of JFK’s vehicle. It is believed that Oswald fired the first shot from his perch in the Bookstore Depository, followed by a second shot fired by the shooter.
4. Lyndon Johnson Theory:
Author Craig Zirbel debates that Vice President Johnson was very much motivated by the intent of political gain to organize Kennedy’s assassination. Both JFK and Johnson had many political differences and even personal issues. Therefore, many arguments back the fact that Johnson’s financial scandal and his desire to be the president served as a motivator to murder the President. Since JFK was visiting Texas, Johnson’s home state, supporters of this theory state it to be very logical that Johnson could have developed a well-planned plot to successfully put a full stop on JFK’s life journey.
3. The Soviets Theory:
The Cuban Missile Crisis in the year 1962 gave KGB the Soviet security agency a very good reason to dislike Kennedy. A part of the theory also suggests that Oswald, an ex-marine who also tried to defect to the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, was actually acting as a KGB operative. Many people believe that this ex-marine had been ‘turned.’
2. The Mafia Theory:
One of the many theories asserts that the mob was very angry with the efforts of JFK’s brother Robert Kennedy, who served as Attorney General during the administration of Kennedy. The guy was leading a massive crack-down on organized crime. Another version of the theory states that the Mafia was operating with anti-Castro exile groups and these groups were actually trying their best to bring down JFK at any cost.
1. The CIA:
The Central Intelligence Agency might have played a big role in JFK’s assassination. But, what could be the intension? Why would an intelligence agency turn against its country’s first citizen? The CIA was reportedly very disturbed by the many alterations being made within the agency after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. They were in reality not really interested for Kennedy to discharge CIA agents just because the latter didn’t agree with them. Other versions of the theory suggest the assassination of JFK on a rouge cell of the CIA or contract killing agency gone rouge. According to Patrik Nolan, the forensic historian, there were about four high level agents, three out of whom fired a shot at JFK that day.