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4 Conspiracy Theories About the JFK Assassination

U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. There has been much doubt about who had killed the president and how. In 1964, it was concluded that a gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald had killed the President. But in 1978, it was found that there was a second gunman involved as well. This gave rise to various conspiracy theories.

It was done by the Soviets

The Soviets seem to be the easy choice behind the assassination of Kennedy. The main reason is that the relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was very bitter. Conspiracy theory suggests that Kennedy was assassinated by the Soviets following the Cuban Missile Crisis. The gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was also had a good connection with the USSR, making the theory stronger.

The gun

According to many gun experts, the gun used in the assassination was not appropriate for killing from such a long distance. It was a 6.52 mm Carcano, not a very powerful rifle. Oswald fired three shots in 6.3 seconds, but the gun needed to be repositioned after each shot which creates doubt whether the same gun was used or not. There is doubt about the shooter as well.

Suspicious deaths

In the book ‘Forgive my grief’ written by Penn Jones, it’s written that someone named Karyn Kupicnet called saying that the President was going to be killed just a few days before the assassination. Her body was discovered on November 30, 1963, and many people think that she was killed as she found out about the plan for assassination.

It’s the work of the CIA

It’s a common theory that CIA is behind the killing of a high profile person in American. In this case, it’s no difference. It is a conspiracy theory that CIA is involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.

According to a national poll conducted, about 70% of Americans think that Kennedy was not the work of one gunman; there was a detailed plot behind it. Many books have been written about the death of   Kennedy and people still continue to speculate about it.

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3 Reasons People Believe in Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories usually come up after major events like a financial crisis, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, the death of high profile people, etc. People try to find out what actually happened, and so they some up with various perspectives. They try to make sense of the situation by connecting the dots. Many people believe in conspiracy theories for the following reasons.

Our brain patterns

 

Our brain tries to find patterns. It interprets various events and tries to connect them together in a meaningful way. Our brain prefers conspiracy theories rather than events or occurrences that are not connected. We try to conclude things from our social status, cultural orientation, past experiences, etc. Our desires and intentions also interrupt our beliefs and thus make us believe many conspiracy theories.

Safety

We try to find comfort and safety by believing in conspiracy theories. Our brain is receptive to an unknown threat. So, we accept things that we find comfortable believing in.

Sense of belonging

When you believe in a thing that a group of people believes in, it gives us a sense of belonging. We get drawn towards people having the same beliefs. So, no matter how bizarre the idea may be, if we see them believing it, we start believing it too.

Almost every major events lead to conspiracy theory. From the sinking of Titanic to the presidential election winning of Donald Trump, each of these events has given rise to conspiracy theories. People will keep on believing conspiracy theories in future as well.

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