Conspiracy theories bring in big business around Dealey Plaza - New York News

Conspiracy theories bring in big business around Dealey Plaza

Posted: Updated:

Dealey Plaza in November is high season for conspiracy theories.

Magazines, tapes and gruesome autopsy photographs about JFK's assassination can be found near the plaza, and the vendors most often find visitors eager to buy into the general suspicion that there had to be a wider plot.

"A lot of these people have just served to muddy the waters; to make it worse," said Dave Perry. "They start showing that shots came from the sewer or from places that didn't exist in 1963."

Perry is a conspiracy buff turned conspiracy buster. He even volunteered with the JFK Assassination Information Center – which was then considered ground zero for the Dealey Plaza regulars.

Outlandish or not, the stories resonate -- tales that are told, then sold.

"When I came to Dallas about 25 years ago, I was very pro-conspiracy," he said.

His transformation came when he began to apply his training as an insurance adjustor.

"What would happen is, I would start looking at a particular argument for conspiracy with the idea of proving it," said Perry. "And then I would start looking at the facts, and none of them ever worked out."

Perry's website, DavesJFK.com, lays out all the theories he says he's debunked in his quest to get at the truth. He's compiled a list of all the assassins that conspiracy theorists have claimed were involved.

Still, 50 years later, visitors come from around the world to take pictures at Dealey Plaza, often dodging traffic to stand where JFK was shot.

"I don't know if Oswald A, worked alone, Or B, was put up to it," said Sally Gillen, visiting the plaza.

"When you are standing right here, and you see the ‘X' in the middle of the road, and you go behind the fence, and you try to work out for yourself, how did it all happen?" said Liam Lennon, visiting from Scotland.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Crash in Lincoln Tunnel causes major delays

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:06:51 GMT
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    One of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel was closed for nearly four hours after a chain-reaction accident involving a New York-bound jitney bus and two other vehicles. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman says three people were reported injured in the accident in the center tube at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

  • $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    $1M Powerball ticket sold in NJ set to expire

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:23:45 GMT
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
    State lottery officials say a Powerball ticket worth $1 million that was sold at a northern New Jersey convenience store last year will soon expire.
  • Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Princeton worker told to choose medical pot or job

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:19:48 GMT
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
    A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices