50 years after JFK, conspiracy theories of all sorts thrive in America (+video)

Christian Science Monitor - 'Sometimes conspiracy gives us comfort,' says Sean Cunningham, a history professor at Texas Tech University who has studied the paranoid style of politics. 'Even if it creates paranoia and panic – it's something you can hold onto as an explanation of why something happened.

Lee Harvey Oswald, a fame-seeking Communist from New Orleans, acted alone when he assassinated President John F. Kennedy with an Italian-made 6.5-mm Carcano Model 91/38 rifle fired from the Texas School Book Depository window in Dallas 50 years ago on Nov. 22, 1963.

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"Sometimes conspiracy gives us comfort," says Sean Cunningham, a history professor at Texas Tech University who has studied the paranoid style of politics. "Even if it creates paranoia and panic – it's something you can hold onto as an explanation of why something happened.

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