When a political or religious figure suddenly dies, conspiracy theories seem to fall from the trees, like apples ripe with the juice of murder. Being fairly normal human beings, we know that not every political death has to do with shadowy government figures and encoded messages, but the unsolved crimes on this list are sketchy enough to make us doubt even the most open and shut case. It’s entirely plausible that each of the political deaths on this list has a simple answer, but after reading up on each of them, we’re not so sure. The only thing that we are sure about is that you’ll be as intrigued as we are after you read this list of mysterious political deaths.
Some of the unsolved murders and mysteries on this list are cases that have long gone cold, the perpetrators either dead or so well connected that they can’t be touched. Some of the other mysteries are still open, but little hope is held for solving the crime. And the biggest mysteries that we’ve collected were, in some case, possibly committed by the US government. We tried to shy away from the JFK assassination (don’t worry, he’s on here), but HOLY TOLEDO there were a lot of dead people involved in that case. The conspiracies that you’ll be reading about tend to go deep, so get ready to put your detective hat on and spend a lot of sleepless nights cutting out newspaper articles. This list of mysterious political deaths is only the beginning…Leave us a comment and let us know which story seems plausible, and which seems like it’s just the ramblings of a nut in a tinfoil hat.
Probably the most famous and debated political death of all time, JFK was murdered while visiting Dallas, TX. Despite arresting Lee Harvey Oswald for the murder, JFK's assassination has spawned an exhausting number of conspiracy theories. In 2013, a poll showed that 60% of Americans believe that a group of conspirators were responsible for the assassination.
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Prior to 1815, Napoleon had conquered most of Europe and was on his way to being the King of the Eastern Hemisphere, but he was ultimately defeated (which, despite his liberal laws was probably a good thing). After his defeat, Napoleon was sent to a private prison island, Saint Helena, where it's still debated as to what killed him. Some say stomach cancer, while others insist he was killed by unknowingly ingesting arsenic.
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Litvinenko was a Russian defector from the FSB. In 1998, he and several other FSB officers publicly accused their superiors of ordering the assassination of a Russian mafia leader. Afterward, he fled to London where he lived with his family in exile.In 2006, after naming Vladimir Putin as the murderer of a Russian journalist, he mysteriously fell ill with with a sickness related to radioactive polonium 210. Most theories point to someone in the Russian government as his killer, although some believe in British involvement in his murder. see more on Alexander Litvinenko
Uwe Barschel was a West German politician and from 1982-87 he was the Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein. He was charged with ordering his media advisor with spying Social Democratic Party of Germany's top candidate for the upcoming state elections, in order to bring about false claims of tax evasions. Barschel resigned as Minister on October 2, and on the 11th he was found in his room, fully dressed and lying in a bathtub filled with water. His death is still considered a mystery, with multiple parties under suspicion.