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20 Beatles Conspiracy Theories That Change The Band's Story Completely

List RulesVote for the most outlandish conspiracy theory about the lads from Liverpool.

Decades after they changed the pop culture landscape, The Beatles still inspire sound-alikes, adulation, and a whole barrel full of conspiracy theories. From Paul being slain to John Lennon selling his soul, people are pretty sure that the lads from Liverpool were up to no good. It's almost a guarantee that none of the conspiracy theories on this list are true, but wouldn’t it be interesting if about three or four of them were?

There hasn’t been another artist to incur this amount of fantasy projected onto them since John Lennon was slain in 1980, whether it’s because we’ve suffered an ever increasing amount of disposable pop stars, or if it’s because folks are still jamming "Helter Skelter," we don’t know. Fall down the rabbit hole of Beatles conspiracy theories, and try to stay sane as things get very curious. 

Take a moment from typing up your manifesto to vote on your favorite Beatles conspiracy theory.

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    Why were we looking at Mark David Chapman as the man who took down John Lennon when it could have just as easily been the author of Nowhere Man, Robert Rosen? Salvador Astucia blows the whole conspiracy open on his website. 

    Of the events, he says: "It becomes clear that the true author...is Robert Rosen, author of Lennon book, Eric B is a fake name used by Mr. Rosen whose recent actions indicate that he conspired with former Air Force Secretary Hans Mark to set up the [incident] of ex-Beatle John Lennon."

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  • 2

    Every Member of the Beatles Perished and Was Replaced - Except Paul

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    In 1994, college student Chris Fishel devised evidence that instead of Paul being passed, that it was every other member of the The Beatles who had actually gone on to the Greaet Beyond. Fishel argues that Ringo Starr was supposedly the first to go, in 1963.

    He was then followed by George Harrison in 1964, and John Lennon in 1965.

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  • 3

    Helter Skelter

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    Prior to the Tate/LaBianca incident in 1969, Charles Manson believed that he shared a telepathic connection with the lads from Liverpool. So much so that he was pretty sure that The White Album was speaking directly to him and asking him to incite a race conflict. 

    Obviously, this was not the case, but the entire Beatles/Manson connection is worth a read if you have a day to spend with a little conspiracy theory. 

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  • 4

    Paul Has Already Passed

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    In September 1969, American college students published articles claiming that clues to McCartney's supposed passing could be found among the lyrics and artwork of the Beatles' recordings. This might be the best of the many Beatles theories.

    This is because it's so far-fetched given how much time would have had to go into pretending to carry out such a charade. 

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