November 22, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of one of America’s darkest days–when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas as his motorcade passed Dealey Plaza. Here are the facts: President Kennedy was in the back seat of a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible with wife Jacqueline Kennedy, along with Texas Governor John Conally and his wife Nellie Connally. Shortly after 12:30 pm, shots rang out and President Kennedy died from gunshot wounds.
From there, it gets kind of complicated. The official story, of course, is that a former Marine and avowed Communist named Lee Harvey Oswald had fired the fatal shots–one of which wounded the governor–from the nearby Texas Schoolbook Depository. The motives of Oswald would remain questionable, though, since the assassin was murdered two days later by an irate Dallas citizen named Jack Ruby.
Of course, it wasn’t easy for the nation to accept that President Kennedy had been murdered by someone to the Left of the Democratic Party. The immediate speculation was that Kennedy had been murdered by some right-wing assassin. That’s one of the reasons that we’re now looking back at five decades of wild conspiracy theories about the President’s death. It’s kind of become a circus, but at least all the craziness has provided some wackiness in the wake of an American tragedy.
Take a look for yourself at some of the stranger conspiracy theories to have come along. You’ll learn a little more about tomorrow’s grim anniversary–and how determined some folks can be to come up with crackpot history…