Conspiracy Theories

Who really killed President John F. Kennedy?

Sean Zumwalt is about to find out.

I knew it. I knew it, he repeated to himself. A conspiracy. But who had planned the murder? Was Lee Harvey Oswald even involved?

If only he go back in time and solve the mystery. I have to pursue this, he told himself. Someone had to find out the truth once and for all.

But where to start?

The following are the most widely held JFK conspiracy theories that Sean knew from his research.

The CIA Theory

  • The CIA believed JFK was a traitor who caused the Bay of Pigs invasion to fail.
  • They believed JFK was going to withdraw U.S. forces from Vietnam.
  • JFK fired Allen Dulles as CIA director and threatened to overhaul the spy agency.
  • JFK was viewed as a threat to the establishment and had to be eliminated.
  • Oswald was sent as a spy to the Soviet Union by the CIA according to this theory.
  • The CIA had an imposter using Oswald’s name in Mexico City in the weeks before the assassination.
  • The CIA destroyed all its files on Oswald after the assassination.
  • Oswald was seen with a high ranking CIA agent who was in charge of the CIA’s foreign assassination program several months before JFK was shot.
  • The CIA used mechanics (professional assassins) to kill JFK.
  • The Mob then killed Oswald for the CIA.
  • Oswald was the patsy.

Rogue CIA Operatives Theory

  • They along with the Mob and anti-Castro Cubans planned the assassination without the CIA being involved.
  • All 3 groups blamed JFK for the failed Bay of Pigs invasion thus allowing Castro to stay in power.
  • The Mob was angry because Castro closed all their casinos and ran them out of Cuba.
  • In addition RFK was going after them.
  • All 3 groups were convinced killing JFK would force LBJ to overthrow Castro.
  • Free lance mechanics shot JFK.
  • The Mob forced Ruby to kill Oswald. Oswald was the patsy.
  • The Warren Commission covered up the truth to hide the assassination plots against Castro.
  • This is Another popular theory.

The Mafia Theory

  • The Mob felt betrayed by the Kennedys because they helped get JFK elected.
  • RFK then declared war on the Mafia.
  • Jack Ruby was connected to the Mob.
  • Several Mafia leaders made threats to kill JFK.
  • Sam Giancana, the Mafia boss of Chicago, confessed years later that the “Cosa Nostra” and the CIA had eliminated JFK.
  • Carlos Marcello, the Mafia boss of New Orleans, allegedly admitted his involvement in the plot to an FBI informant before he died.
  • Giancana and other underworld figures were later murdered by the Mob to keep them from talking about the assassination.
  • According to this theory the Mob’s hitmen shot JFK.
  • The Mob forced Ruby to kill Oswald.
  • Oswald was the patsy.
  • The Warren Commission covered up the truth.
  • Another popular theory.

The anti-Castro Cubans Theory

  • They believed JFK betrayed them at the Bay of Pigs.
  • They believed JFK’s death would be blamed on Castro.
  • LBJ would then be forced to invade Cuba and overthrow Castro.
  • The Cubans used CIA mechanics to kill JFK.
  • Oswald was seen with anti-Castro Cubans in the weeks before the assassination.
  • The Mob then killed Oswald for the Cubans.
  • Oswald was the patsy.
  • The Warren Commission covered up the truth to hide the assassination plots against Castro.

The Fidel Castro Theory

  • Castro knew JFK was trying to assassinate him.
  • He had JFK killed instead.
  • Oswald was the patsy.
  • The Warren Commission covered up the truth to prevent a war with Cuba

The Military Industrial Complex Theory

  • JFK was going to withdraw U.S. forces from Vietnam costing the Defense industry billions of dollars.
  • The military brass felt JFK was soft on Communism.
  • They were convinced LBJ would go to war in Vietnam.
  • The assassination was a coup d’etat. This is Oliver Stone’s theory in the movie “JFK.”
  • The CIA was involved in the plot with the military and set up Oswald. Oswald was a CIA agent according to the theory.
  • The CIA then got the Mob to kill Oswald.
  • Oswald was the patsy.
  • LBJ appointed the Warren Commission to cover up the truth

The KGB Theory

  • The KGB knew about Oswald because he lived in the Soviet Union and married Marina.
  • The KGB sent a Soviet agent posing as Oswald to spy in the U.S.
  • The real Oswald was killed in the Soviet Union.
  • Khrushchev wanted revenge after the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962.
  • The imposter Oswald was then ordered to kill JFK.
  • Ruby then killed the KGB Oswald.
  • The Warren Commission covered up the truth to prevent a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.

The Right Wing Extremists Theory

  • They believed JFK was too liberal.
  • They were opposed to Civil Rights.
  • Oswald was the patsy.

The LBJ Theory

  • LBJ hated JFK. Both JFK and RFK treated LBJ like he was nobody.
  • LBJ believed JFK was going to dump him from the ticket in 1964. Killing JFK was the only way for him to become President.
  • The day before the assassination LBJ allegedly told his mistress the Kennedys would never embarrass him again after Nov. 22.
  • At a New Years Eve party in 1963 LBJ allegedly told her it was the oil people and the CIA who killed JFK.
  • According to this theory LBJ encouraged JFK to make the trip to Texas and to visit Dallas. The theory alleges LBJ had advance knowledge of the assassination and gave the green light for the hit.
  • In this scenario Texas oil men along with the CIA and/or the Mob arranged the assassination.
  • The Mob then forced Ruby to kill Oswald.
  • Oswald was the patsy.
  • LBJ then appointed the Warren Commission to cover up the truth.
  • This is a very controversial theory because it implies LBJ helped murder JFK.

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