Blog written by Angela Loiacono

Nearly 11 years later, the death of Princess Diana is still a burning issue in the minds and hearts of many.  A verdict released Monday ruled that Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi al-Fayed were unlawfully killed when their vehicle crashed in a Paris tunnel in 1997.  

Many hope the ruling will calm rumors of a conspiracy theory surrounding Diana’s death.  Mohammed al-Fayed, Dodi’s father, believes that Prince Phillip ordered the couple’s death, and he claims that not only did Diana predict her own death, she also was pregnant at the time, according to several news reports.

We have the jury’s verdict, but the question is, who do we trust? Any time the term conspiracy theory graces the pages of a national or international news outlet, questions and rumors arise. If it’s a theory, why is the information being presented? Has the news coverage been full of spin from all angles, or is there truth to each person’s opinion? And how do we decide?

As readers/viewers of publications and broadcast news outlets, we’re supposed to be given the information from both sides so that we can make our own decisions and draw our own conclusions.  Do conspiracy theories fall into that category? You tell me.