02/03/2012 12:32 pm ET | Updated Apr 04, 2012

Does Catcher In The Rye Brainwash People?

The Catcher in the Rye, a novel about an adolescent boy's contempt for humanity, has been linked to assassins Mark David Chapman, John Hinckley and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Conspiracy theorists suggest that the FBI or CIA used the book as a mind-control device in order to orchestrate the assassinations of John Lennon and John F. Kennedy and the attempt on Ronald Regan's life.

While there is no evidence directly linking Salinger's novel of adolescent angst to mind-control, is it possible that the same book being found in the possession of three assassins is much more than mere coincidence?