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Conspiracy Theories Around the World

Updated on September 25, 2013
Hitler's escape is one of the most widely known conspiracy theories.
Hitler's escape is one of the most widely known conspiracy theories. | Source

A conspiracy is defined as an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons. It is a plot that seeks to hurt someone. Throughout history, there have been several conspiracy theories that still catch the attention of many. Let’s take a look at some.

Hitler’s Escape

Respected historical accounts agree that Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945, in his Führerbunker in Berlin. Before he died, he gave strict orders that his body, as well as Eva Braun’s body, be cremated in order to avoid suffering the same fate as Benito Mussolini’s body, whose corpse was so horribly disfigured that his body was unrecognizable. According to historical accounts, Hitler’s body was cremated in the Reich Chancellery garden outside the bunker. The burnt remains were superficially buried in the same place. Although the USSR validated the version of Hitler’s suicide, no proof or remains were ever shown to the public.

It was around that time that different conspiracy theories began to emerge. One of the theories states that the body found in the bunker was not Hitler’s body. Rather, it was the corpse of Hitler’s double, and that Hitler had fled the place. According to Argentinian journalist, Abel Basti, Hitler’s double arrived to the bunker on April 22, 1945. On that same day the real Hitler fled to Barcelona, along with Eva Braun.

According to the theory, Hitler traveled via submarine to Patagonia, and arrived there between July and August, 1945. It is said that he died in Argentina during the 60’s. It is worth mentioning that there is not enough proof to validate this theory. Some are still in search of Hitler’s body.

Have humans been cloned? One conspiracy theory says they have...
Have humans been cloned? One conspiracy theory says they have... | Source

The First Cloned Human

The tagline in their website,, reads “Pioneers in Human Cloning. The first human cloning company”. The site affirms that it is the first human cloning company, founded in 1997 by RAEL (French ex-journalist Claude Vorlihon). RAEL has proclaimed himself to be the messiah. He is also the founder of the Raelian sect, which is based on the alleged alien revelations given to him.

The scientist in charge of the project is Dr. Brigitte Boisellier, Bishop of the Raelian church. In 2002, clonaid announced the first human cloning utilizing the same methods used to clone Dolly the sheep. The result of this cloning was a young girl named Eve, who, as per clonaid reports, is healthy and lives in Israel. Similar news kept coming: a lesbian girl from Netherlands gave birth to a little cloned boy; a Japanese couple whose son died in a car accident requested a clone of his deceased son; and 2 other people solicited the same cloning services.

The conspiracy theories began when clonaid refused to allow specialists to examine the facilities and the results. Clonaid’s reason for not allowing the specialists’ entrance was that they did not want to give the cloned children to the authorities to be examined. According to skeptics, this was a movement to increase Rael’s popularity and prestige. But mainly, the purpose of this scheme was to cheat people out of their money, since the cloning’s price was over $200,000.

According to specialists, human cloning is not yet possible.

Is Facebook conspiring against us?
Is Facebook conspiring against us? | Source

Facebook – A CIA project

Facebook is widely popular and has become the world’s most important social network. The accepted story is that Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg and college friends to facilitate interaction among campus students. The network became so popular that other universities started using it, and soon enough, it was out for the whole world to use.

While all this was taking place, different conspiracy theories began to emerge. One of the most complete articles was published by the Argentinian newspaper Miradas al Sur and can be read in Facebook. According to these theories, Facebook’s purpose is not to facilitate social interaction. Instead, it is a sophisticated CIA tool used for the recruitment of agents and the compilation of information of people around the world. It is also used for undercover CIA operations.

All the information of Facebook members (active and not active) is kept in the hard disks of the CIA, and analyzed to create socio-political profiles. According to the theory, the creator of Facebook is not Zuckerberg. Rather it is Peter Thiel, who is also the creator of Paypal.

One of the proofs supporting this theory is that Greylock Venture Capital, a private company with tight links to the CIA, has invested money in Facebook. However, nothing has been officially proven.

The Vatican is also a subject of many conspiracy theories.
The Vatican is also a subject of many conspiracy theories. | Source

Death in the Vatican - Homicide of Pope John Paul I

John Paul I, born Albino Luciani, was named Pope on August 26, 1978. Once elected pope, he assumed humility as his motto. On the day of his papacy ceremony, he rejected some of the honors usually given to popes. The world fell in love with his smile, his optimistic speeches, and the reform projects to draw followers closer to the church.

However, on Sept. 28, 1978, a month after his election to the papacy, he died of a heart attack. Allegedly, an autopsy was practiced on his body following family petitions. Nevertheless, the suddenness of his death and the Vatican's difficulties with the ceremonial and legal death procedures resulted on several conspiracy theories.

According to the theories, Luciani didn’t die of a heart attack. The speculations are that he died of poisoning. One of the reasons for his poisoning could have been that Luciani had set his mind on exhaustively analyzing the dealings of the Banco Ambrosiano, which had been accused of tax evasion, illegal share movements, and profiting through the needy.

In his book, In God’s Name, David Yallop supports the theory of the Banco Ambrosiano. Among the prime suspects of the pope’s death, Yallop mentions Paul Marcinkus, the bank’s head, and Roberto Calvi, director of the Banco Ambrosiano.


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