Conspiracy theories may seem a little odd to some, but there’s a reason they’ve stuck around so long. They’re interesting, and maybe, just maybe – a solid bit of them is true. We don’t have TOO many out here in Tennessee, but we do have a few. Make sure to weigh in on your thoughts below – and maybe a few theories of your own, hey?
5) A Summer on Fire
On November 19th, 2015, a huge fireball exploded with a bang that was heard over four states - Tennessee being one of them. Video catches a crazy huge fireball striking a swathe of light across the sky. There were whispers across the state about alien life and offensive action, meteors and explosive weaponry. Don't talk about it too loud...you may just find a theorist in the grocery mart.
4) The Manhattan Project
It's not really that the Manhattan Project is still a conspiracy theory, it's that it once was - and it was proven true. With over 130,000 people employed by the US government at one point, the secret town based in Oak Ridge, TN was where they worked to develop the atomic bomb.
3) The Underground Railroad Question
More of an unsolved mystery than a theory, the Burkle Estate, known by locals as, "Slavehaven," boasts a history as a stop on the Underground Railroad. The logic of the building and the historical reality of the time don't match up too close, though. Memphis is still trying to figure out the true background of the historical site - true story, or fabrication?
2) The Morristown Booming
The chance of the Morristown's 30,000 people being wrong about a series of loud booms since 2013 is slim to none. There's an emergency number for those startled or worried by the strange booms in the sky, but the only answers? Are that of fiction.
1) The Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination
There are quite a few questions that revolve around the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, which took place in Memphis. There are questions around whether or not James Earl Ray really shot the charismatic leader with a dream, his innocence something even King's own son, Dexter, supported. That leaves the bigger question - who was to blame for ending that so wonderfully hopeful life? Ray was seen fleeing from the scene, the evidence appears to be overwhelming. But the man died professing his innocence, and someone that staunch and unmoving is bound to stir a few hearts, and write a few stories.