#5. Paul McCartney’s death
According to many stories and conspiracy theories that circulated in the late 1960s, Beatles guitarist Paul McCartney died in 1966. The remaining members of the Beatles — along with their manager and others — conspired to keep McCartney’s death a secret, going so far as to hire a look-alike and sound-alike to take his place in the band. In a case of seriously twisted logic (even by conspiracy theory standards) the conspirators in this case took great pains to keep the press and public from finding out about McCartney’s demise—yet they also wanted fans to know about it, and placed clever clues in album covers and music giving details about McCartney’s death. On the cover of the Abbey Road album, all four Beatles are photographed striding across a zebra crossing, but only McCartney is barefoot, and out of step with the other three.