Five times the conspiracy theories turned out to be true

5. Watergate

Last but not least is a presidential cover-up that ultimately resulted in a presidential resignation. The Watergate scandal — prompted by an overly-suspicious and paranoid president — consisted of the jailing of several prominent individuals, the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon, and the ultimate test of the American psyche.

On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) office at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. The men were subsequently tried and convicted of the crime. Afterward, however, it was discovered that all five of them had ties to the Committee to Re-elect the President (CReeP). Then, the question became what, if anything, did President Nixon know about the break-in?

In the months that followed, investigative reporting from the New York Times and Washington Post revealed what looked to be a conspiracy to cover up the break-in at the highest possible levels of government. Meanwhile, Nixon and members of his administration continuously denied any involvement.

Throughout the process, prominent administration officials were fired — some even indicted and sent to jail. The Senate launched an investigation into Nixon’s involvement and the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to turn over secret tapes from the Oval Office. Then, on August 8, 1974, while the House of Representatives was on the verge of impeaching him, Nixon resigned from the presidency.