It is not unusual for our brains to work overtime imagining elaborate conspiracies where none exist. Could a relatively powerless man such as Lee Harvey Oswald kill the most powerful leader in the world -- President John F. Kennedy? Listening to and passing on salacious tales is irresistible for most of us. What really happened to Elvis? Princess Diana? What about Area 51? Billions are made off of this obsession via gossip magazines and TV. It doesn’t help that history is filled with real conspiracies! John Wilkes Booth actually did conspire with others to kill Lincoln, al-Qaida did plot for years to pull off the 9/11 attacks, and the Nixon White House actually did try to dig up dirt on political opponents in the Watergate burglary – and went to incredible lengths to attempt a cover-up!
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