You know how there's always that one guy who said he did that one insane thing in high school? Like he swam across an alligator-filled lake with a hand tied behind his back or fought off a cougar with nothing but a lit cigarette and a condom wrapper? The recurring theme of these stories is that you'll just have to take his word for it, because -- wouldn't you know it? -- his mom lost the proof when she threw out his memorabilia box.
Well, sometimes history is like that. There are amazing accomplishments, conspiracy theories and outlandish claims that are all supposedly out there waiting to be proven true, if only we could find ...
5The RFK Assassination Photos
If you've only had room in your heart for one Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory and JFK sealed the deal years ago, we'll have to ask you to reconsider, because the death of Robert Kennedy also had some pretty shady business going on.
The story we were told was that RFK wrapped up a victory speech after winning the California primary election for the Democratic nomination. He walked with his entourage through the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel when the unfortunately named Sirhan Sirhan shot him. The end.
You have to remember, shooting people was considered rude back then.
At least that's what The Man wants you to believe. Conspiracy theorists have a few different stories. One is that high-level CIA operatives were identified at the hotel that night, one of whom was later quoted as saying, "I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Angeles when we got the little bastard." Yikes. That's ... an awful and strangely specific thing to say. Then there's the whole gunshot problem. Audio experts swear they hear 13 shots in the footage of the assassination, but Double Sirhan's gun could only shoot eight. Dun dun dunnnn. Then again, there are always conspiracy theorists out there starting shit.
If only there were more pictures of the assassination that might shed some light on the mystery ...
No, that doesn't count.
The Missing Photos:
In 1968, 15-year-old student photographer Jamie Scott Enyart was at the hotel taking pictures of Kennedy and inadvertently photographed RFK at the exact same moment the shots were fired, making Enyart the only photographer there to actually do that. The LAPD snatched the pictures up in the chaos that followed, claiming that the photographic evidence was necessary for catching the assassin. Fair enough. The trial came and went, and Enyart was told that the film had to be sealed away for 20 years, presumably so no other would-be assassins would use the pictures as a tutorial.
"Guns are much better weapons than candy canes. I was a fool."
So 20 years passed, and Enyart marched himself back to LAPD to get his pictures. He was told they were lost. It wasn't until a year later (when the now-middle-aged former photographer got ready to sue the city of Los Angeles) that the hunt for the negatives really began. And guess what? It took six years, but they found them! Yay!
Finally, in 1996 a courier was assigned to deliver the prints and the negatives to Jamie Scott Enyart. Unfortunately, the courier had a flat tire on the way to make his delivery. So he stopped off at a gas station for a few seconds, and BAM.
The car was broken into and the pictures and negatives were stolen.
"Don't mind me. I am just an ordinary thief and am in no way a government official."
What the hell, man?