It’s a mystery, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in an enigma.

As a newly minted resident of the Dallas, TX area, there was something I wanted to do as soon as I knew we were moving here, and this weekend, I did it. The wife and I spent Saturday at Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum, the site of the JFK assassination in 1963.

The Grassy Knoll

Of course, that trip got me thinking about conspiracy theories. Not just the JFK ones, either, but all of them. I’m not a believer in conspiracy theories (or, at least, I’m not aware that any of the things I believe are conspiracy theories), but I love them. I read about them all the time, but not because I necessarily believe something odd or sinister is happening underneath the surface.

No, I read conspiracy theories because they’re great, imaginative fiction. In a lot of cases, the ideas they put out there are so odd and creative, they’re better than half of the stories published as fiction each year.

How about you? What’s your take on conspiracy theory? Do you have a favorite?



  1. I’m not the biggest believer in any specific conspiracy theories, but I do believe that governments are capable of doing the sorts of things behind them. Could some of them be true? Maybe.
    Sure do make great stories, if nothing else!

  2. Shawn, I visited Dealey Plaza during my one and only trip to the US, stood on that exact spot you took the photo from! I’m fascinated by conspiracy theories because, like Ella says, there’s not much governments won’t do for their own ends. That’s been proven time and again around the world. Even if the theories themselves turn out to be false, I love that people are questioning our institutions and our leaders more and more.

    The fake moon landings theory is one of the least credible, but the proposed motive behind it makes perfect sense. America *had* to win that race. The Roswell alien cover-up is one of the juiciest–I’m not sold on the E.T. connection, but there’s a lot that doesn’t add up about the official version. Same with a lot of conspiracy theories. If only the government wouldn’t keep so many documents classified!

  3. I do love a good mystery, and that’s what a lot of conspiracy theories boil down to — one of the reasons they’re such good creative prompts.

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