Over three decades of service, Justice Antonin Scalia became one of the most polarizing members of the United States Supreme Court–so much so that, according to recent conspiracy theories, it may have gotten him killed… by Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy died last year at the age of 83 after a long battle with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Yet even spoof internet conspiracy theories had many folks believing that, rather than dying, Nimoy assumed leadership of the elusive Illuminati, an organization that allegedly conspires in global affairs. Choosing to fake his own death, according to these theories, was an important part of his plan to consolidate power over liberal groups.
Nimoy’s place in pop culture in fact may have ensured his death would not only be mourned the world over, but questioned, just as Spock’s was in the Star Trek films. But this wouldn’t be the first time fiction bled into fantasy for his fans.
Dr. David Kibner has a dark secret: He’s not human. He’s actually an alien, successfully assimilated into a world where emotion is valueless. The pod people of Philip Kaufman’s 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers—who’ve arrived on Planet Earth via mysterious plant spores—have seen to that. Kibner stays silent, acting as a double agent in an attempt to convert his friends,
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