A Crazy Conspiracy Theorist Uncovered An Actual Conspiracy
Imagine a conspiracy theorist, and you'd probably picture someone like Gustl Mollath staring vaguely into the middle distance with his weird bug eyes. The German government agreed, which is why they had him committed to a mental hospital for paranoid delusions in 2006.
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Shown here looking rightfully pissed off to all hell.
This was not purely for the conspiracy stuff, of course. The German vintage car restorer was also accused of domestic abuse and slashing tires and keying cars around his neighborhood. You know, stuff that crazy people do. When he was taken to court, his defense statement was full of unhinged rants about the Moon landing, former Ugandan president Idi Amin, and a secret plot by the German bank HypoVereinsbank, where his wife worked, which wanted to destroy him for his knowledge of their illegal money laundering practices. Also aliens, probably. We haven't read his statement, but come on -- aliens.
The court read as much of the 106-page document as they could tolerate before deciding not to try Mollath, and instead commit him to a mental institution. And that's where he lived for six years.
Though the rooms were comfier than the ones on the alien space ship. Allegedly.
Then, in 2012, a whistleblower leaked documents to the German media which proved that HypoVereinsbank was engaging in illegal money laundering. And sure, you're probably thinking that this is nothing but a case of a broken clock being right twice a day. If you accuse enough companies of being a front for organized crime, sooner or later you'll probably accuse one that really is. But Mollath's accusations were specific enough to show that he did in fact know what was going on. His mistake was burying his truth bombs in a conspiracy rant that would give Alex Jones fever sweats.
Not to be confused with his meat sweats, or his breathing sweats, or his-
Mollath was given a full pardon and released, and now he's never going to shut up about that Moon landing stuff.
Zachary Frey is a sophomore at Cornell University. You can read his 10 most recent articles here.
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