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"Lone nuts" feature repeatedly in official narratives of assassinations. The rapid placing of blame provides closure to what might otherwise result in inconvenient and potentially damaging investigation of deeper forces at work, while providing a chance to stir up strife by inciting factionalism. The 'nut' aspect means that a rational explanation is not required, while the 'lone' aspect conveniently explains the lack of any supporting documentary evidence.

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Deep state functionary Lee Harvey Oswald, the canonical "lone nut", described himself as "a patsy" on his arrest and was killed in police custody by another USDS-affiliated lone nut. The commercially-controlled media continue to obscure the later finding of the HSCA, that JFK was killed by a conspiracy.

The "lone nut" (sometimes referred to as "patsy") is a familiar trope in official explanations of deep events, particularly assassinations. The meme was developed after the JFK assassination. It is used by commercially-controlled media as a way to avoid explaining people's behaviour, or the expectation of documents of other evidence to determine guilt or innocence.

Official Narrative

Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, Sirhan Sirhan, Mark David Chapman, Gavrilo Princip, Bruce Ivins... Official historical narratives are full of "lone nuts" who - whether afflicted by extreme greed, envy, desire for fame, pernicious ideology or mental illness - decided to act independently of any organisation to assassinate someone of great importance in the are of deep politics. A paper published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (and distributed by the US Secret Service) found that around 2/3 of assassins had previously been arrested (not necessarily for related offenses), 44% had a history of serious depression, and that 39% had a history of substance abuse.[1]


Full article: Rated 4/5 “Radicalisation”

An official narrative is being crafted to suggest that exposure to "extremist" material can induce vulnerable people to become lone nuts, a process which is generally described in connection with Muslim men, but which is used an indirect justification for increasingly totalitarian laws such as arbitrary censorship and infringement of civil liberties. In 2016, Dean Haydon, head of Counter Terrorism Command of Scotland Yard remarked about Muhiddin Mire "And what we found following his arrest is, certainly from his mobile phone and other digital media, that he had downloaded a vast amount of extremist material which we think certainly inspired him to conduct an attack here."[2]


The "lone nut" claim might hold more water if made only occasionally, and in in the absence of other complicating factors, but this very rarely, if ever, appears to fit the observed facts, such as the multiple violations of standard operating procedure which typically accompany them, or their tendency to have connections of some sort or other with the establishment.


The insistence that authorities files on "lone nuts" remain secret naturally provokes suspicion. If the perpetrators were really acting alone, and just randomly picked their victims, one might expect little reason for the destruction or withholding of evidence by authorities. As of 2016, the US government has still not released all its documents regarding the JFK assassination - prompting one to wonder why not, if Oswald was indeed a "lone nut" already dead for over half a century. Audio and video recordings of Sirhan Sirhan's 2016 parole hearing were prohibited and only one reporter was allowed in the hearing to report on what happened. He condensed “more than three hours of intense testimony” into just 854 words.[3]

It is not unusual that "lone nuts" never receive a normal legal process. In some cases this is because of their sudden death, whether before their accusation (Bruce Ivins) or soon after (Lee Harvey Oswald), in other cases legal methods prevent a trial (e.g. James Earl Ray). Where they do, they are sometimes quietly found not guilty (Christer Pettersson). Increasingly often, especially when Muslim, "lone nuts" are killed in the process of their attack, whether by their own hand or that of the authorities (e.g. Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, David Sonboly).

The Quest for Manchurian Candidates

Full article: MK-Ultra

An explicit aim of the CIA's MKULTRA 'mind control' programmes was to create Manchurian Candidates, i.e. programmed (i.e. involuntary) assassins. A number of intelligence agencies spent a large amount of effort was expended exploring a range of methods such as drugs, hypnosis, electroshock either alone or in combination, on both ordinary people (both witting and unwitting[4]) and those specifically chosen (those of high suggestibility or low IQ) to render them more susceptible to such methods. The extent and results of this research remain matters of conjecture after CIA Director Richard Helms order the complete destruction of all documents about this work in 1973. Many supposed "lone nuts" have had either admitted or suspected links to MK-ULTRA or its derivative programmes, including Sirhan Sirhan and Theodore Kaczynski. Shane O'Sullivan reports that "The overwhelming opinion of the psychologists who have worked most closely with Sirhan over the years is that he was in a hypnotic state at the time of the shooting and that his amnesia for the shooting is genuine."[5]

Busy Files

Often, authorities have existing files on those later disclosed as "Lone Nuts", and sometimes standard operating procedure is violated on the recommendation of higher ups, such as when Michael Springmann was orderedl to issue US visas to many of the suspected "terrorists" later alleged to be involved in 9/11. Another pattern noted by Peter Dale Scott is a sudden flurry of activity in these files just before the "Lone nuts" go on to commit actions of which, authorities later insist, they were unaware.[6]


“Nor, for example, is there any reason to interpret the 'lone assassin' verdict, which emerged immediately after the assassination as itself an indicator of the conspiracy at work. On the perspective I am suggesting, almost before Kennedy's heart stopped beating the one thing which everyone involved would have agreed upon, without discussion, never mind coercion, was that a 'lone nut' verdict had to emerge. The 'truth' was not an issue: in politics the 'truth' is simply a tool.[7] The point about the 'lone nut' is that it was then, and remains (cf Hinckley) the only safe explanation for political assassination within America. 'Disney America'[8], the fantasy pluralist democracy described in the textbooks on the American political system, cannot accommodate planned political assassination.[9]
Robin Ramsay (1983)  [10]

The FBI claimed in 2009 that "We believe most domestic attacks are carried out by lone offenders to promote their own grievances and agendas."[11]

It is more likely that the US law enforcement system has a standard cover-up modus operandi or MO for dealing with a suspect who is marginally attached to intelligence operations, covert operations, even controversial operations which are opposed by other elements of the US government. It is to tell the public (as they did earlier in the case of Oswald) that the suspect "acted alone."

Peter Dale Scott[12]

Basic logical errors

Elementary logical slips are often made which naturally arouse suspicion about the honesty of the investigations which blame one nuts. In the case of the JFK assassination, for example, a description was very quickly released which precisely matched the description of FBI's record on Oswald, but which was not a good match for the man himself[6]. The Warren Commission made conclude the contradictory findings that (i) Oswald acted alone & (ii) that surveillance of communications needed to be stepped up.


Sometimes there is evidence to suggest either that the actions of these so-called "lone nuts" were irrelevant or even non-existant. Many people[Who?] have suggested that Lee Harvey Oswald, for example, did not fire a shot.

Premature Death

These "lone nuts" often suffer premature death in suspicious circumstances - sometimes soon after public identification, such as Lee Harvey Oswald, assassinated while still in police custody - sometimes before they have even been identified as such, such as in the case of Bruce Ivins, whose machinations just happened to fit very neatly together with PNAC's ideas about a new pearl harbor. Very commonly, standard operating procedure is violated and long established rules bent or broken in favour of a snap judgment of guilt.

Lost and Found ID

Full article: Rated 4/5 Lost and Found ID

Since they officially act alone, the question arises how the establishment can identify such "lone nuts". One method is the broader "Lost and Found ID" syndrome, whereby perpetrators (e.g. Lee Harvey Oswald or James Earl Ray) conveniently leave a trail of identity documents for investigators to pick up.[13]

"War on Terror"

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The USA Patriot Act passed in 2001 contained special provisions for "lone wolf terrorists".

In 2006, without any announcement in the commercially-controlled media, the UK government set up "Fixated Threat Assessment Centre", blurring the line between policing and medicalisation. Ostensibly to reduce risk to politicians, members of the British Royal Family, and other public figures, it was set up under the war on terror. It has been criticised as challenging free speech for effectively criminalising public criticism of the establishment. On 9 May 2014, UK Grenadier soldier Vivian Cunningham was committed to a mental hospital for asking questions about the status of Queen Elizabeth under Common Law court.[14] In 2014, the BBC reported Scotland Yard commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe that 'there was "growing concern" about the possibility of a "lone wolf" attack on the streets of the UK'.


Ronnie Cummins referred to the "The official ‘lone bat’ theory" to describe the official narrative about the origins of Covid-19, writing that "The mass media, however, have ignored a number of early Chinese scientific and media reports (now suppressed) that no animals at the market tested positive for COVID-19, that approximately one-third of the initial group of reported human cases in Wuhan from early December 2019 had no connection to the seafood market, including the first reported case. The media also have largely ignored the testimony of numerous people in the Wuhan market who have categorically stated that there were no bats for sale, nor eaten in the market. In January a Beijing newspaper reported that “patient zero,” the first victim of the COVID-19 virus, was in fact Huang Yanling, a scientist at the Wuhan Virology Lab."[15]

Real Lone Nuts

There may be some real 'lone nuts', with bona fide mental health issues and no connections to deep politics. Statistically speaking, if they attacked people at random, on very rare occasions, their targets might be figures of deep political significance. The most suspicious indication of fake lone nuts is a known connection to deep state elements such as the intelligence agencies.

In popular culture

The 1974 movie The Parallax View depicts how an organization recruits violent outcasts into a program to send them off as assassins.



Page nameAccused ofDiedCause of deathDescription
Leon CzolgoszWilliam McKinley/Assassination29 October 1901Killed for the assassination of William McKinley
Germanwings Flight 9525Air crash blamed on lone nut pilot. The investigation covered up several important aspects.
Roy Den Hollander20 July 2020A "crazed gunman" who reportedly shot at the son and husband of Esther Salas, killing the former.
Marinus van der LubbeReichstag Fire10 January 1934Blamed for the Reichstag Fire
Giuseppe Zangara20 March 1933


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:JFK and RFK: The Plots that Killed Them, The Patsies that Didn’tarticle13 June 2010James Fetzer


Official examples

NameAccused ofDiedCause of deathDescription
Anis Amri2016 Berlin attack23 December 2016GunshotSupposed perpetrator of the 2016 Berlin attack, termed "Not independently notable" by Wikipedia.
Mohamed Lahouaiej BouhlelNice truck event14 July 2016The official perpetrator of the Nice truck event
Anders Breivik2011 Norway attacksConvicted of planting the bomb that killed 8 people in central Oslo, Norway, followed by the shooting to death of 66 teenagers on a nearby camping island on 22 July 2011
Martin BryantPort Arthur MassacreThe official "lone nut" perpetrator of the Port Arthur Massacre, with an IQ of just 66.
Mark David ChapmanJohn Lennon/AssassinationThe convicted but probable controlled patsy killer of John Lennon.
Thomas HamiltonDunblane school massacre13 March 1996A "lone nut" who shot a class of primary children and their teacher before turning the gun on himself.
John HinckleyRonald Reagan/Assassination attemptWould be assassin of Ronald Reagan, under institutional psychiatric care since the episode.
Bruce Ivins2001 Anthrax attacks29 July 2008Drug overdoseA biodefense researcher at Fort Detrick, Maryland who, the FBI concluded, sent anthrax letters with crude anti-Zionist messages to the US politicians who were holding up the rollback of civil liberties in the wake of 9/11. After an investigation costing around $100,000,000 Ivins was declared to be a "lone nut" responsible for the crime shortly after he was found dead.
Gundolf KöhlerOktoberfest Bombing26 September 1980Oktoberfest BombingSupposed "lone nut" perpetrator of the 1980 Oktoberfest bombing
Andreas LubitzGermanwings Flight 952524 March 201527 year old pilot who was blamed for the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525
Thomas MairJo Cox/MurderDepicted by corporate media as a "lone nut" killer of Jo Cox in the run up to the UK's EU referendum.
Khalid Masood2017 Westminster attack22 March 2017Named by UK police as the perpetrator of the 2017 Westminster attack
Omar Mateen2016 Orlando nightclub shooting12 June 2016
Muhaydin MireLeytonstone tube station attackConvicted of attempted murder and admitted four counts of attempted wounding.
Lee Harvey OswaldJFK/Assassination24 November 1963A patsy accused of the assassination of JFK and assassinated himself 2 days later by another "lone nut" gunman
Stephen Paddock1 October 2017GunshotA "lone nut" officially responsible for the 2017 Las Vegas shooting.
Christer PetterssonOlof Palme/Assassination29 September 2004A "lone nut" who was imprisoned for the murder of Olof Palme, but released on appeal in light of the lack of evidence.
Gavrilo Princip28 April 1918The "lone nut" assassin who supposedly started the First World War
James Earl RayMLK/Assassination23 April 1998Charged by the US government for the killing of Martin Luther King. He died in jail having never had a trial.
Jack RubyLee Harvey Oswald/Assassination3 January 1967Pulmonary embolismA "lone nut" who killed another lone nut to try to hide the conspiracy which killed JFK. Both were actually assets controlled by the deep state groups who ran that coup.
Sirhan SirhanRFK/AssassinationA patsy who was very likely MK-ultra'ed to assassinate Robert Kennedy.
David Sonboly2016 Munich shooting22 July 2016GunshotOfficial perpetrator of the 2016 Munich shooting
Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi2015 Sousse attacksThe claimed perpetrator of the 2015 Sousse attacks.


4star.png 1 July 2016 Robin  A good overview of this staple part of official narratives of deep events
This explains why the "lone nut" is such a convenient part of official narratives, and presents a good summary table of the "lone nuts" described on this site.
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  1. Assassination in the United States: An Operational Study – Fein, Robert A. & Vossekuil, Brian, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Volume 44, Number 2, March 1999
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36479921
  3. http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/02/16/the-full-story-of-the-sirhan-sirhan-parole-hearing/
  4. See, for example Operation Midnight Climax
  5. http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/03/14/the-tortured-logic-behind-sirhan-sirhans-parole-denial/
  6. a b UG#687 - Is 50 Years Enough?, a radio show paralleling the JFK Assassination and 9/11 attacks
  7. Beautifully demonstrated by the wonderful Peter Dale Scott in his Crime and Coverup (Berkeley USA, 1977). One of the most interesting examples of this is the remark by Sprague, the man who was sacked from the House Committee on Assassinations, who said somewhere (I've forgotten where) that the real reason the committee was set up was to demonstrate to the black caucus in Congress that they were important to Jimmy Carter. This has the ring of political reality about it. It also explains why that committee never got the resources to do a decent job.
  8. Jim Hougan's expression. See the introduction to his Spooks (London 1979)
  9. Or: nothing other than that perpetrated by 'terrorists'. What I'm getting at here is: assassination planned by any of the 'legitimate' groups that compose the plurality.
  10. Lobster Magazine #2, The Assassination of John Kennedy: An Alternative Hypothesis
  11. https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2009/september/domterror_090709
  12. Document:911 JFK and War
  13. http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/02/01/lost-found-id-oddity-terror-cases-stupid-sinister/
  14. http://iclcj.com/?p=316
  15. https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/13/121523/