When shots rang out in front of the Texas School Book Depository, in Dallas, and President John F. Kennedy lay dying in his limousine, it didn't take police long to apprehend his killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was, two days later, then murdered by nightclub owner, Jack Ruby.
An open-and-shut case it was not, however, and ever since then, conspiracy theories have blamed everyone from the CIA, the FBI, the KGB, MTV, and the NFL. None of these theories has been able to get us any nearer the truth, but a new glimmer of evidence emerged today whilst I was reading.
President Kennedy was killed at 12:30pm on 22 November 1963. One hour before, at 11:20am in California, not far away, the author of 'Brave New World', 'Antic Hay', 'Point Counter Point', 'Eyeless In Gaza' and 'Crome Yellow', Aldous Leonard Huxley, also passed away.
Ten minutes after Huxley expired, it was the turn of another English author, C.S. Lewis, of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' fame.
Now doesn't that strike you as a bit odd?
The very man who was trying to combat rich industrialists in the US; who was trying to stamp out corruption, lies and inequality; and who, indeed, was trying to forge a brave new world for Americans, was shot down in his prime, on the same day as Huxley, and Lewis.
Was Huxley involved? Wasn't he? Was Lewis?
The answers to these questions can only be speculated at.
To make matters worse, in 1993, on the same day of the year, 22 November, but thirty years after Kennedy, Huxley, and Lewis died within 70 minutes of each other, Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) also breathed his last.
And to round things off completely, the aforementioned Mr. Burgess first came into this world precisely 102 years ago today, on 25 February 1917.
Spooky, isn't it?