From the Bilderberg Group to the Illuminati, many people believe that the richest of society control the world, and have the power to decide who lives and who dies. It’s certainly not out of the question. Eight of the richest men in the world have more wealth than half of the world’s population. Why would it be surprising if they came together to promote their own interests? What would they do if their interests became threatened? The answer is as clear as a cloudless sky: the people who threaten their power might end up dead. Here are 10 famous deaths, that may have been murders ordered by the Illuminati…
10. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than just a black leader, he was more than just a civil rights leader, or a champion of the poor; Dr. King was a threat to the most powerful men in the wealthiest country in the world. The fear that they had of him is demonstrated in the fact that he was under constant surveillance by the FBI. A letter was even sent to King’s address suggesting that he commit suicide rather than have his “sins” be shared with the public. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover even went so far as to say, “Dr. Martin Luther King is the most notorious liar in the country.” Near the end of his life, Dr. King had begun to discuss and champion issues that transcended race; issues of class conflict and the importance of solidarity amongst workers. Dr. King would arrive in Memphis to lend support to the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, and not long after a man would take his life.
Many people know the name of King’s convicted killer, James Earl Ray, but few realize that a separate wrongful death lawsuit was filed, and that a jury concluded that there was a conspiracy to murder Dr. King. Loyd Jowers, the owner of a restaurant near the motel where King was assassinated, put forward evidence detailing the conspiracy, alleging that James Earl Ray was just a scapegoat (even King’s family believes Ray was innocent). The claims he made, as well as other evidence presented by the King family, led to the wrongful death conviction. However, despite the ruling of the jury, the Department of Justice rejected the ruling of the jury, citing the lack of evidence.
9. John F. Kennedy
The assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the reasons for it, has probably become one of the most debated in modern political history. A transformative figure who became the youngest man ever elected president, Kennedy was sworn into office during a tumultuous period in American history. Abroad, Kennedy had to ease rising tensions with the Soviet Union, while at home the demands of equal rights by African-Americans was not going away. These same ideas of freedom and equality were being espoused by the formerly colonized people of Vietnam and their leader Ho Chi Minh, who aligned himself with the Soviet Union. President Kennedy had to make a decision: follow the advice of his generals and impede Vietnam’s ability to choose a socialist style government or choose a path of non-intervention.
Years earlier, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about the military industrial complex stating, “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex.”
Did Kennedy hesitate to fully commit to a war in Vietnam? Is that what led to his death? That’s what many have suggested. The truth is that President Kennedy had ordered military advisers to be sent to Vietnam, and there’s little evidence that he’d recommended or suggested an end to our involvement in the region. However, is it possible a general or businessman wanted to guarantee a war? Certainly.
The murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy’s assassin, has also raised additional questions as to the motives behind the assassination. Murdered by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner who had connections to mob, it’s been suggested that Kennedy’s death was a response by organized crime for his administration’s crackdown on their activities.
8. Sam Cooke
A musical icon known for record breaking hits like “Twistin the Night Away,” “Wonderful World,” “Chain Gang,” and the legendary “A Change is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke was an artist who threatened to change the music industry. A man who had managed to compile a string of 29 consecutive Top-40 hits between the years of 1957 and 1964, that put Cooke in a very unique position. He was a cash cow. He knew it, and record executives knew it too. As a result of his great success, Cooke was able to negotiate ownership of his master recordings, an industry rarity.
And although he was such a commercially successful artist, Cooke still was an active participant and voice in the Civil Rights Movement. “A Change is Gonna Come” became the song of the Civil Rights Movement, and Cooke would put his money where his mouth was, demonstrated by his arrest for disturbing the peace for attempting to check into a whites only hotel.
Cooke represented a threat to the status quo, and one night in a dingy motel he was shot and killed. The details of his death remain murky, but what has been reported is that Cooke, in a rage, charged at the motel clerk, prompting her to shoot him. Allegedly, Cooke had forced himself onto his female companion, who had run away in fear; upon returning to the motel, the clerk felt compelled to fire. His funeral would suggest otherwise.
After attending Cooke’s funeral, Etta James claimed “the singer’s body was ravaged in a manner inconsistent with the short scuffle reported.” In her biography, she would go on to say that Cooke looked badly beaten and his head was almost separated from his right shoulder; his face was smashed in, and his hands were crushed.
It must be said that the clerk who Cooke engaged in this struggle with, who separated his shoulder, and crushed his hands, was… a small, 55-year-old woman.
7. Marilyn Monroe
Many know Marilyn Monroe as simply a sex symbol, but she was much more than that. Monroe was a rebel who did not flinch when it came to associating herself with those deemed undesirable. When the McCarthy hearings were in full swing, she was warned against associating with Arthur Miller, a well-known playwright, but did so anyway. Her testimony resulted in Miller being spared from jail. In addition, when legendary black singer Etta James was kept from performing at a prominent jazz club, Monroe asked for her to be hired and promised to sit front row every night if she was. The owner relented and James was allowed to perform. James credits Monroe with greatly aiding her career and allowing her to play at bigger venues from then on.
It was this same rebelliousness that may have gotten Monroe in trouble. As a result of her movie stardom and great beauty, Monroe came into contact and formed relationships with people of the highest order in the US, including the Kennedys. There are several theories outlining the reasons for Monroe’s death, supposing that her demise was not a genuine suicide.
In Victim: The Secret Tapes of Marilyn Monroe by Matthew Smith, he argued that the CIA knew Monroe and Robert Kennedy were having an affair, and killed her as a reprisal for the Kennedy family’s disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion. Another theory, outlined in the book Double Cross, was that Monroe was actually murdered on the orders of Chicago mafia boss Sam Giancana. The authors argue that she was killed to send a message to Robert Kennedy to back off his crusade against the mob.
6. John Lennon
The singer, songwriter, and arguably the most influential Beatle died like all of our cases, under suspicious circumstances. The Beatles catapulted onto the American scene, eventually becoming the best-selling band in history. However, much like Sam Cooke, their commercial success didn’t exclude them from social activism as the Beatles became a symbol of the counterculture of the 1960s. The most radical of the group was undoubtedly John Lennon, and one only has to look as far as his song “Imagine,” which proposes a world without hunger and war, to realize the threat his rhetoric posed a threat to the establishment.
In December 1980, 25-year-old Mark David Chapman shot down Lennon as he exited his limousine. Prosecutors have claimed that Chapman was a loner, and angry with the fact that his hero had proved to be “phony.” The theory was widely accepted, despite the fact that it worked to not only cast aspersions on Lennon’s authenticity, but also served to undermine his message. A recent report, however, has come to argue that Lennon was actually killed by the CIA.
In a newly published work, Phil Strongman argues that Chapman was a stooge made to take the blame. One of his major points attempts to undermine this idea that Chapman was indeed a fan of Lennon. Strongman says, “Chapman, the supposed Lennon ‘obsessive’ and ‘fan of fans’, did not own one Lennon single, book or album.” Another example made to label Chapman as a stalker was the claim that, “he had four hours of tapes of Lennon’s songs in his rucksack on the day of the shooting. They have never been photographed or produced for the simple reason that they do not exist.”
5. Michael Jackson
The King of Pop needs no introduction; however, a recent interview by his daughter, Paris Jackson, reveals that his death was no accident (at least, allegedly). According to his daughter, Michael Jackson was murdered and she plans on “seeking justice.” Asked who would want to see her father murdered, Paris replied that her father had a lot of enemies. In the months leading up to his death, Paris remembers her father fearing for his life, with Michael even saying, “they’re gonna kill me one day.”
Before dying, Jackson owed nearly half a billion dollars to creditors. However, this does not mean the singer was not a shrewd businessman, as many of his debts were the result of borrowing against highly valued assets. One of the shrewdest that he made was purchasing 50% stake in the Sony/ATV publishing catalog. He bought the entity’s precursor, ATV, for $47.5 million in 1985, knowing the value of the rights to songs it contained by The Beatles. Ten years later he was paid $100 million for merging his catalogue with Sony, and currently the Sony/ATV catalog itself is worth nearly $2 billion, “thanks to its ownership of copyrights by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and others.”
4. Abraham Lincoln
The most well-documented conspiracy on our list was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. A fierce southerner loyal to the Confederacy, Booth murdered Lincoln as part of a larger plan to reinvigorate the defeated South. Not only was Lincoln meant to die, but his Vice President and Secretary of State were, as well. George Atzerodt was tasked with killing Vice President Andrew Johnson but lost his nerve, and was eventually hanged for his participation.
Another member of the conspiracy was Lewis Powell, who attempted (and failed) to kill the Secretary of State William Seward, injuring the secretary, his son, and his bodyguard before being disarmed. He, too, was executed for treason.
3. Jimi Hendrix
Another case of a star meeting his demise far too soon was the “overdose” of Jimi Hendrix. The rock and roll legend died at the age of 27, but still managed to become arguably the most accomplished guitarist in history. Hendrix had a troubled childhood, constantly fearing his family would be split apart, and having to overcome poverty and abuse. Nonetheless, Hendrix pursued his love of music that began as a child when he carried around a broomstick, which he “played” as a guitar.
And while his love of guitar and music still burned as strongly as an adult as it did as a child, the mechanisms in which he coped with his childhood traumas threatened to destroy him. Hendrix frequently used drugs and on September 18, 1970, his girlfriend discovered him unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital, and soon after, pronounced dead. The official cause of death was asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates. This is now being called into question.
John Bannister, the doctor who attempted to revive Hendrix at the hospital, has supported claims (at least, in confirming they are plausible) that Hendrix was murdered. Allegedly, Hendrix’s manager Michael Jeffrey believed the guitar player was worth more to him dead than alive. This claim was put forward by a former Hendrix roadie named “Tappy” Wright, who believes Hendrix was murdered. His frequent drug and alcohol use had made Hendrix unreliable and thus less valuable. Jeffrey placed a $2 million life insurance policy on his client and hired men to carry out the task, according to Wright.
2. Princess Diana
Like Michael Jackson, Princess Diana feared the worst. She believed, and quite possibly knew, that she was going to be killed. In a letter to Paul Burrell, Diana’s butler, the Princess shared her fear of death: “This particular phase in my life is the most dangerous. […] is planning ‘an accident’ in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for Charles to marry.”
The letter is remarkable, as Diana somehow came to predict the exact manner in which she would meet her demise. She wrote the letter following the death of her bodyguard, which she believed to be part of the conspiracy. Lastly, the letter suggested the existence of conflict or drama within the royal family. Known as the “royal rebel,” was Diana killed because she upset the established order? It certainly looks possible.
1. Robert F. Kennedy
For those who do not know the full story of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, we hope you’re sitting down. It seemed at the time to be an open and shut case, as the “killer” Sirhan Sirhan was arrested with a literal smoking gun. Sirhan later stated his obsession for killing Kennedy was a result of RFK’s support of Israel. Sirhan, a Palestinian refugee, allegedly wanted to kill Kennedy on behalf of all the exploited people of his country and the region. The story soon became more complicated.
When Sirhan was apprehended, he was facing Kennedy directly; however, the bullets that killed Kennedy hit him from behind. Guests remember Sirhan only being able to fire two shots at Kennedy before being tackled, eventually getting off a total of 8 shots. In the hotel room where Kennedy was shot, investigators found a total of 14 shots lodged in the room, as well as in the other victims. It simply does not add up. How could a gun only containing 8 shots be used to fire a total of 14? For those who are skeptical, an audio recording was made available from the shooting and it, too, seems to confirm that more than 8 shots were fired.
Who killed Robert F. Kennedy, then?
Three men were pictured and seen the night Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, and were confirmed by colleagues to be members of the CIA. Like his brother, Robert Kennedy may have shared the same fate.