We all love a good conspiracy theory, big or small. There’s nothing quite like speculating about a massive government cover up with you buddies. It’s all in good fun, but when those theories turn out to be true, well, that’s a whole different story.
Americans have been shocked many times when they found out that some of the most insidious and bizarre of conspiracies actually happened. Take the heart attack gun, for example. Back in the 1970’s there was talk that the CIA was developing, in secret, a gun that would cause fatal heart attacks. Through Congress investigation, testimony came out that the CIA had, indeed, been developing this weapon as early as the 1960s. The gun would emit a small poison dart that could penetrate clothes, hardly felt like anything at all, and was nearly impossible to detect in an autopsy.
If you think that was bad, let’s go farther back to Prohibition era America. The US was so hellbent on keeping alcohol out of the hands of its citizens that when industrial alcohols started being stolen by bootleggers, they began secretly poisoning it. The government added substances like iodine, ether, and chloroform into the alcohols and by some estimates these poisonings amounted to at least 10,000 deaths.
What we know now only makes us ask ourselves how much we don’t know. Take a look at this infographic for more conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. Don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comments and like and share!