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Image: Walt Cisco, Dallas Morning News

The limousine containing President Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connelly, and the Governor’s wife

It was a day the world will never forget. The 35th President of the United States, aged just 46, was shot dead in broad daylight – his head blown open as the motorcade in which he rode wound its way through Dallas, Texas.

In the years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the massive amount of interest in the events that took place that day – November 22, 1963 – has, if anything, only increased. We’ve all seen the famous footage of the motorcade, likely watched the tragic death of the President in full color, and perhaps even seen the grisly and harrowing JFK autopsy photos.

Some of us are also familiar with the many conspiracy theories that surround the assassination of President Kennedy – or at least some of them, for a quick search of the Internet makes it clear that there are probably far more theories out there than one person could easily absorb. In fact, you could almost argue that, like some morbid version of “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, it’s possible to find conjecture linking just about every celebrity who was around at the time – as well as any number of non-celebrities – to a JFK conspiracy theory.


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President John F. Kennedy

This list focuses on what we consider to be ten of the most incredible hypotheses connecting individuals to the shooting of the President; theories that, despite having been all but debunked in some cases, continue to have their adherents to this day. It’s like they say: never let the facts get in the way of a good story. And yet, who knows? Perhaps some of these assassination theories actually contain a kernel of truth.

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Image: Victor Hugo King

10. The Driver Did It

The motorcade, shortly before the assassination

Yes, that’s right, as this theory would have it, the man driving the limousine (carrying President Kennedy, the First Lady, the Governor of Texas, the Governor’s wife, and a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the President) casually turned around and shot JFK at point blank range in the head. All this in full view not only of the people in the car, but also the large crowd that had gathered to cheer and wave at the motorcade. And nobody actually saw this happen at the time. Well, nobody who was willing to say so, anyway. Most brilliant sleight of hand act ever?

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