Law & Order's Richard Belzer, Jesse Ventura Allege America's Most Famous Assassinations Were Cover-Ups

A new book alleges that America's most famous assassinations were cover-ups.

President John F. Kennedy addresses a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961 about the decision to go to the moon.

What if the four biggest assassinations of the 1960s—President John F. Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black Panther leader Fred Hampton—weren't assassinations at all?

In a new book examining the "scientific and forensic facts" of these assassinations, Law & Order star Richard Belzer, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and investigative journalist David Wayne argue that there is more to all of these stories.

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In Ventura's afterword to Dead Wrong, which was co-authored by Belzer and Wayne, the governor argues that "the fact that we have been lied to about the JFK assassination [among other deaths] is so obvious that it's outrageous."

Ventura currently hosts a TV series called "Conspiracy Theory" and is a known conspiracy theorist.

Since JFK was killed on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, there has been no end to questions about whether the government covered up important information that indicated a conspiracy around the popular president's death. An official investigation by the Warren Commission in 1963 sought to put initial questions to rest, finding that shooter Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. But as recently as 2003, an ABC News poll found that 70 percent of Americans still believe Kennedy was killed as part of a larger plot.

Dead Wrong uses as supporting evidence of its governmental cover-up in JFK's death a Justice Department memo stating that the public "must be satisfied" that Oswald was the assassin, a statement from a former CIA officer who said he had knowledge of Oswald's involvement with the government before he resigned in 1969, and an affidavit from William Robert Plumlee, who says he worked with the CIA and last year was named in Playboy in connection with a theory that a Chicago mobster was involved in the death of JFK.

The book also digs into what is known about the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, White House Counsel Vince Foster, and head of Special Operations at the CIA Frank Olson.

Like many of Ventura's theories, the book is fascinating even if at times it may appear somewhat paranoid or misconceived.

"Some Americans are so demoralized that they may think that the truth doesn't even really matter anymore," Ventura writes in his afterword, which also quotes the film A Few Good Men's famous line "You can't handle the truth." "I respectfully disagree," Ventura says.

Dead Wrong is out on bookshelves today.

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