That most people do not relish the idea that life is haphazard, random and unpredictable leads them, I think, to favour a conspiracy theory to explain tragedies that could otherwise possibly happen to anyone. More reassuring it is then to find a motive and a reason for the awful event rather than say it was an accident of fate. In this way comfort can be drawn, and a false sense of security created, that the same devastating event would not happen to the ‘man in the street’ which could be you or me!
Was it a lone mad killer who happened to shoot President Kennedy or a conspiracy?
Was Princess Diana the victim of a fatal car accident or was there a conspiracy to be rid of her?
The list goes on. . .