Just as every state has its own urban legends, many have controversial conspiracy theories.
Throughout the US, there are people who believe the government, large organizations, or secretive companies are hiding the truth from the public. These conspiracists strive to uncover the “truth” behind some of the biggest news stories, from supposed UFO sightings to the JFK assassination to the Kentucky Derby.
These are the wildest and most bizarre conspiracy theories from around the US.
Some people believe the American military installation Area 51 is researching and experimenting on aliens and their spacecraft.
The famous Area 51 in the Nevada desert is a military installation at the Nellis Military Operations Area. But the base quickly became known as the most secretive military site in the world because it does not exist on any map or government website, leading many to craft conspiracy theories.
Some believe Area 51 is researching and experimenting on aliens and their spacecraft. More specifically, people think they are studying a crash that happened near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. Others theorize that the moon landing was staged at Area 51.
The government has said the facility is used to test experimental aircraft for the military.
Some believe that Truman Capote wrote Harper Lee’s famous novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Truman Capote and Harper Lee both grew up in Alabama and were childhood friends. They each went on to become celebrated authors. Capote wrote his crime story “In Cold Blood” and Lee the great American novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
While Capote went on to write numerous books, Lee published only one other book in her lifetime, leading some to believe that Capote wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” according to CNBC.
In a 2010 documentary, Lee’s sister, Alice C. Lee, denied the accusation, saying Capote had been jealous of her sister’s success.
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, but some think there is more to the story.
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. stepped out onto his balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, and was shot. The civil-rights leader died at the Memphis Hospital at 39 years old. The killer, James Earl Ray, was caught and pleaded guilty a year later. However, many people, including King’s own children, do not believe Ray acted alone.
Some believe the FBI or the Ku Klux Klan were involved in the assassination and believe Ray was framed, according to NPR. The US Justice Department investigated the death on three separate occasions. Once, they concluded that there may have been a wider conspiracy, but there is no hard evidence to support it.
Roswell, New Mexico, is a famous center for UFO-focused conspiracy theories.
On July 4, 1947, Mac Brazel went out to his sheep pasture in Roswell, New Mexico, and found some unusual objects including metallic sticks, foil reflectors, and paper scraps. Since he had no idea what the objects were, he called the local sheriff who then called the Roswell Army Air Force. The pieces were swiftly taken away in armored trucks.
A few days later, the Roswell Daily Record published an article titled “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region,” sparking conspiracy theories that would last decades. Many believed that the pieces found in the field were from an alien ship, even though officials said they were from a broken weather balloon.
Years later, it was discovered that the objects were part of a secret military project called Project Mogul, which aimed to eavesdrop on the Soviet Union.
Some of the most popular conspiracy theories in the US surround the Kennedy assassination.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was struck by two bullets. He died moments later at 46 years old. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the assassination of the president, and, two days later, Oswald was killed on live television.
The Warren Commission was then created to investigate the incident and concluded that Oswald acted alone. However, some believe there is more to the story. There are theories that the CIA hired Oswald because of the president’s reactions to Communism and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Others believe the Mafia, Cuba, or the Soviet Union were involved in the assassination.
When videos of the incident were released, people claimed Oswald’s location made it impossible for him to have killed the president. Most recently, however, a scientist at IMSG concluded that Oswald did assassinate JFK.
There have been 2,032 Bigfoot “sightings” in Washington state.
Although there are Bigfoot sightings all over the US, Washington state has the highest number. There have been 2,032 sightings in the state, according to Newsweek.
There are a number of theories around the mythical creature. Some believe it’s a ferocious beast meant to be feared and others think it’s a harmless creature that wants to be left alone. There are other theories that Bigfoot is related to humans since it walks on two legs, while others think it’s an extraterrestrial being.
The original 1958 footprints were a prank by a man named Ray Wallace near Bluff Creek in Northern California, according to the Smithsonian. His children revealed it was all a joke after his death in 2002.
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