5 John F. Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theories

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. According to a Gallup poll, 61% of Americans believe John F. Kennedy’s assassination was the result of a conspiracy. Here are 5 conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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The Heir: Lyndon B. Johnson This theory likely isn't that surprising. Johnson, then the Vice President under Kennedy, is a prime target for conspiracy theories simply because he was next in line for the presidency. The main proponent of the theory that LBJ was responsible for hiring a hitman to kill Kennedy is the real surprise. It's Roger Stone, the political advisor to Donald Trump, the same one who was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. Stone believes that Lyndon Johnson hired hitman Malcolm Wallace to do the dirty work, which explains an allegation that Johnson ducked before any shots were fired. Stone also claimed Johnson told a mistress the day before the assassination, "After tomorrow I won’t have to deal with those Kennedy SOBs no more."

The Enemy: The KGB The Cold War was in full swing in the early 1960s, and the KGB, the Soviet Union's secret police, was a constant threat.  According to JFK assassination expert Bryan Ghent, the KGB was responsible for the assassination, but Oswald was not. He believes that Oswald “was replaced by a Russian agent who looked like him in order to assassinate our president.” The main "proof" is that the body of the man we know as Oswald, after being exhumed in 1981, was missing a scar that was documented when Oswald entered the Marines.

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The One Seeking Vengeance: Fidel Castro Some of these theories claim Fidel Castro was directly involved in JFK’s death. They claim that Oswald was linked to Cuba and possibly Fidel Castro. The primary basis for this theory is Oswald’s trip to the Cuban Embassy two months before the assassination, where he allegedly had a meltdown because he wasn’t granted a visa. Because Oswald was a known supporter of Castro -- and the U.S. had also supported a failed attempt to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro during the Bay of Pigs invasion, some have tried to link Castro to the assassination.

The One Out of Left Field: Woody Harrelson's Dad This theory stems from an actual confession, although the confession was later recanted. Charles Harrelson, the father of actor Woody Harrelson, was a hitman who was arrested and convicted of killing a federal judge. He was captured after a long standoff, during which he confessed to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He later recanted his statement, claiming he only confessed to the crime to ensure that he would live longer.

The Mutiny: The CIA According to author Patrick Nolan, who wrote "CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys", a group ofAccording to author Patrick Nolan, who wrote CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys, a group of rogue CIA agents killed JFK. Nolan names James Angleton, Richard Helms, E. Howard Hunt, and David Phillips as members of the responsible group. These agents were supposedly unhappy with how the Bay of Pigs and Cuba were handled and wanted Kennedy gone. E. Howard Hunt, one of the Watergate conspirators, confessed on his deathbed to playing a role in a plot to kill Kennedy.