The Top 5 Craziest Conspiracy Theories


Sanya Saxena

Have you ever stayed awake at night wondering about all those conspiracy theories that have provided the public with interesting explanations to various phenomena? Here I have listed some of the strangest conspiracies that have been tossed around on the internet over the years. 

The Government wants to control the population

There have been various theories that allege that governments have been trying to come up with ways to control the minds of their people. There have been multiple theories on how governments have tried to implement this, however, none have really been confirmed. This was until it was uncovered that in the 1950s, the Central Intelligence Agency, otherwise known as the CIA, had launched project MKUltra. In recent years, this project has come to be known as the ‘CIA mind control program’. This program involved several experiments conducted on human test subjects to identify and develop drugs and procedures that could be used in interrogations to weaken the respondent and force confessions out of them through mind control. These so-called experiments went on for twenty years and left many victims permanently mentally disabled. Moreover, many of the activities that occurred were in-fact illegal.  

9/11 was an inside job 

Nineteen years ago, two planes crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center Complex in lower Manhattan. 2977 people were killed and over 25,000 people were injured. It was one of the biggest human catastrophes and is still so heavily imprinted in the minds of many all over the world. But what if I told you that 42% of Americans actually believe that the government "concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks." One of the main conspiracies behind this brutal attack is that it was an inside job and officials of the US government were involved in carrying it out. Many claim that officials in the US government probably knew of the attack beforehand but did nothing to prevent it. A common claim among conspiracy theorists is that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) issued a stand-down order or deliberately sent out fighters late to allow the hijacked airplanes to reach their targets without interference. According to this theory, NORAD had the capability of locating and intercepting planes on 9/11, and its failure to do so indicates a government conspiracy to allow the attacks to occur. Within the same topic, the next theory I am going to discuss is something that is widely discussed and is believed by many. Part of the World Trade Center collapsed after the two planes crashed into it, however, some conspiracy theories claim that the collapse of the North and South towers was actually caused by explosives that had been stored in the building in advance. This theory has even been supported by physicists, software engineers, and architects who argue that the aircraft impacts and resulting fires could not have weakened the buildings sufficiently to initiate a catastrophic collapse and that the buildings would not have collapsed completely, nor at the speeds that they did, without additional factors weakening the structures. There have been many more arguments to support these theories, which has led to the gradual belief that there is more to what we know happened on that fateful day. 

JFK Assassination 

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. He was struck by two bullets — one in the head, one in the neck — while riding in an open-topped limo through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. A man called Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with killing him, and the official word is he acted alone. This is not the opinion of the majority of Americans, however. Over 70% believe that his assassination was the result of a broader plot. Some believe that there was a second gunman as, supposedly, the trajectory of the bullets didn't square with Oswald's perch on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. This theory remains unconfirmed as Oswald was killed before he confessed to anything. Another popular theory is that Kennedy’s Vice president at the time, Lyndon B. Johnson, was somehow involved. It is widely known that Kennedy was considering dropping him from the Democratic ticket for the 1964 election. It was LBJ who insisted Kennedy go to Dallas in the first place despite the president and many others being unsure of the decision. But the most shocking piece of evidence involves a woman named Madeleine Brown who says she had an affair with LBJ during the ’60s. She claimed that at a party that took place the night before Kennedy was assassinated, Johnson whispered in her ear, “After tomorrow, those Kennedys will never embarrass me again. That’s no threat; that’s a promise.”  While this is not enough to convict Johnson of anything, it definitely had conspiracy theorists excited. Another theory was that Russia had something to do with the attack. It is speculated that Oswald was a KGB operative and was ordered to take out President Kennedy. It is rumored that they were motivated by the humiliation of having to back down during the Cuban missile crisis and sought vengeance; however, this was never confirmed. The final, and I think the most interesting theory is that the Mafia killed JFK. Now, this is extremely far-fetched, however, it is believed that Oswald had mafia ties and when they thought he was going to give them up during police interrogation they had Jack Ruby kill him. Many Mafia bosses disliked President Kennedy, blaming him for the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, which was a failed landing operation in the bay of Cuba in 1961. They even disliked Bobby Kennedy because of the legal assault he conducted on organized crime. Many recognized the high degree of involvement of Mafia families when Jack Ruby killed Oswald since many were aware that Ruby was an associate of Chicago mobster Sam Giancana. While none of these theories have been validated, it is fair to say that the motivations behind President Kennedy’s assassination will forever remain a mystery. 

Area 51

I am sure everyone is familiar with Area 51. There was a massive Facebook event that took place known as storm area 51 in 2019, intending to discover and find out what goes on behind its walls. The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component of alien folklore. Let’s dive into some of the alleged theories. Conspiracy theorists believe that the remains of crashed UFO spacecrafts are stored at Area 51, and government scientists are reverse-engineering the aliens' highly advanced technology. Fodder for this has come from a variety of supposed UFO sightings in the area and testimony from a retired Army colonel who says he was given access to extraterrestrial materials gathered from an alien spacecraft that crashed in Roswell, N.M. Some even believe that the U.S. government studies time travel at Area 51. There are further claims of a transcontinental underground railroad system, a disappearing airstrip nicknamed the "Cheshire Airstrip", after Lewis Carroll's Cheshire cat, which briefly appears when water is sprayed onto its camouflaged asphalt, a design inspired by alien technology. The wildest theory, perhaps, is the belief that government officials hold meetings and discussions with extraterrestrial life forces. This has not been proven, but it has definitely gained a lot of popularity over the years. It is unlikely that any one of us will learn the details as to what goes on behind those walls. 

Illuminati Conspiracy 

Do you recall ever seeing a picture of a triangle with a huge central eye within it? Well, this is the symbol of the Illuminati. If you are not familiar with this group, they are a sect said to have originated in 18th century Germany with the goals of opposing things like superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life and abuses of state power. This group was soon outlawed and vilified by various religious factions who claimed that they were behind various historical events such as the french revolution and the battle of Waterloo. It is believed that this group is still on the rise and many conspiracy theories propose that world events are being controlled and manipulated by this secret society. It is suspected that many notable people were or are members of the Illuminati. Presidents of the United States are a common target for such claims. There is an idea that this group is plotting something known as ‘The New World Order’ which hypothesizes the creation of a totalitarian world government. It is assumed that they have planted their agents in governments and corporations in order to gain political power as well as influence to achieve their goal. Many predict that they will succeed in their aim and eventually replace sovereign states, by establishing their dictatorial rule over everyone. It has never been confirmed as to whether this group exists or not, but the supposed rise of an Authoritarian World government will continue to spook people for years to come.