Perhaps the strangest Beatle related news in my young life came in October of 1969. A rumor had started that Paul McCartney had actually died in a car crash in February of 1966. Instead of reporting his death, the Beatles chose instead to replace Paul with a look-a-like, named either Billy Shears or William Campbell, depending on who you're talking to. To back this up, the conspiracy theorists pointed to dozens of clues in songs and on album covers.
The rumor was apparently started by some college students in the midwest, but quickly spread. A famous trial lawyer at the time, F. Lee Bailey, actually interviewed one of the originators, Fred LaBour, for an hour long radio interview on the subject that was broadcast that fall, LaBour under cross examination by Bailey walked through each of the many clues. When all was said and done, Bailey left it up to his audience to decide for themselves. Of course to die-hard Beatle fans like myself, this was not funny and created additional anxiety as rumors of the bands real demise were also circulating.
In his YouTube video clip, Jensen Rufe details many of the major clues and ends with an even more outrageous claim.