Why Do I use Conspiracy Theories in my Novels?

Conspiracy theories. They intrigue, inspire, thrill, scare and just plain remind us just how little we may know about major events in history.

Conspiracy theories delve into the minor to the extreme in what could have happened. Dan Brown, in my opinion, made this sub-genre popular. Whether the idea seems far-fetched, or a little too close to home. It doesn’t matter. It opens up the mind to other possibilities other than the recorded narrative.

Ironically, at one point in time it was considered a conspiracy theory that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t the only shooter. Now we actually know that there was more than one shooter, closely linked to the CIA. 

Mind-control experiments commissioned by the CIA? Sound unlikely. In the 1950s and 1960s people were experimented on with LSD and other substances, the experiment known as MK-Ultra. These experiments were conducted for mind control and psychological torture. When a scientist involved in the experiment  tumbled to his death in 1953, there were strong suspicions his cocktail was spiked with LSD.

Members of his family wanted an investigation. After lengthy proceedings, the family was awarded $750,000 and received an apology from the president. 

Every idea is considered a ‘theory’ until it has been disproved or proven as fact. 

Conspiracy theories exist for a reason. It seeks to explain things that cannot be explained, when events do not quite add up, when facts are lacking, when crimes are not solved, and to explain why influential people might have died under bizarre circumstances. 

Why do I use conspiracy theories?

To challenge what you think you might know. To present another narrative that might explain why a crime was committed. To scare, thrill and intrigue you to think beyond what we are told, and to delve into the mysterious world of conspiracy, and what it might eventually uncover. 

Excerpts taken from Initiated to Kill.

“So, even though Nicolas Poussin depicted many Biblical scenes in his paintings, some scholars claim that certain works could actually mean something entirely different. Even depicting Greek mythology.  “Take for example the Four Seasons, series 1660-1664. Even though he was commissioned by Cardinal Richelieu, King Louis XIII’s Chief Minister, Poussin’s paintings could be interpreted in an entirely different way than what the church would have wanted.”

“The old imposing building of the Macarena police station loomed like a silent tomb before me. I’d heard the rumors about this place. The police corruption that was supposed to have been swept under the carpet, but not entirely.”

 31 August, 1888

Buck’s Row, Whitechapel 

Mesmerized by the flickering embers, causing near unbearable heat as it radiated through the small room. 

This time he was truly ready. He could feel the accusing stare of the man that had come to see him a few days after that night. He’d sat there, glowering, not uttering a word. Getting up, he placed a hand on his shoulder. 

“That was too disorganized. You let her get to you. You must do what was discussed, otherwise there’s no point in all of this. There is no need for unnecessary violence. Savagery is not part of this. It will bring unwanted attention, and emotion.” 

Of course, the gentleman wasn’t aware of his purpose. Wasn’t aware of why he was really doing this. But he needed their support. He had to have the assurance that he would never be discovered, that they’d never betray him.

17 September 1888 

Dear Boss, 

“‘So now they say I am a Yid when will they lern Dear old Boss! You an me know the truth don’t we. Lusk can look forever hell never find me but I am rite under his nose all the time. I watch them looking for me an it gives me fits ha ha I love my work an I shant stop until I get buckled and even then watch out for your old pal Jacky 

Catch me if you can Jack the Ripper 

Sorry about the blood still messy from the last one. What a pretty necklace I gave her.”’ 

Charles Warren stared at the letter, appalled. What had they done? Three horrific murders had taken place; he feared there was bound to be more. “‘You an me know the truth don’t we’”. The teasing, almost mocking tone caused a shiver to race down his spine. 

‟Here’s a little history lesson. Louis Fouquet, brother to the French finance minister, Nicholas Fouquet, met with Poussin in Rome. Louis wrote to his brother, and this is the letter that historians take great pains to say is irrelevant. 

“‘He and I discussed certain things… advantages which even kings would have great pains to draw from him… according to him, it is possible that nobody else will ever discover in the centuries to come… these are things so difficult to discover that nothing now on this earth can prove of better fortune nor be their equal. After this letter was delivered, Nicholas Fouquet was imprisoned, and Poussin died in the same year. After his death, King Louis immediately brought the painting and kept it hidden.” 

“But, Mother, they already have so much influence. Many presidents and other influential people are Freemasons. And their universal symbol is imprinted on the American one dollar bill. If that’s not proof of their sovereignty, I don’t know what is,” the boy had argued. 

“Remove the whole lot, dammit. We don’t need a riot on our hands as well,” Police Commissioner, Charles Warren commanded, nervously wiping sweat off his brow. “Surely, sir, it would be better to remove Juwes, and photograph the rest,” the officer protested. “This is after all evidence.”  Turning angrily, he stared the officer down. “Scrub the whole lot off. This must not be seen by anyone.”  So, before day stirred, and the sun began to rise, the incriminating writing was washed away, the only remnants remained from what P.C Long wrote down. 

Relieved, police commissioner Charles Warren didn’t dare reveal why he really wanted that writing removed. Oh yes, he didn’t care for any more riots in this heap of a place, but there was a far more sinister reason, one he kept to himself. 

“They used to be open with their beliefs, but in World War II Hitler believed the Freemasons were involved with the Jews in trying to overtake the financial systems. They were blamed for everything and thrown in concentration camps. Those that survived decided they better meet in secret. But now, of course, their secrecy has become their downfall.” 

“Each oath represents what will happen to them if they betray Masonic secrets. It starts with having their throat cut and tongue ripped out. Next their left breast is cut open and heart removed. Then their body is cut in half and the bowels removed.” 

I remember reading a book a while back written by a guy called Knight. He claims that the Jack the Ripper murders were actually workings of a group. The queen’s physician, the Police Commissioner, and the Marquees of Salisbury.”

“Take for example, 9/11. Did you know that the twenty dollar American bill can be folded in such a way, that the images on the bill can depict a tower with smoke coming from the top? Folded into none other than an inverted triangle.” 

“And of course, one of the most famous Masons really brought controversy around them. Mozart’s, The Magic Flute, supposedly had a strange Masonic theme. Shortly after the premier of this opera, Mozart died at age thirty six.”

“Eighteen is another number that might be deemed important. First, it’s made from six, six, six. Secondly, ‘R’ is the eighteenth letter in the alphabet. You can take this a number of ways. Rebellion, Revolution, or the Final Revelation.”


And they orchestrated “deliberately engineered panic”…“ it was met with such ghastly success because of the audacity in which they were executed.” Walter Sickert, artist at the time of Jack the Ripper. 

“If Masonic supremacy appears to be in jeopardy, it is re-established by a show of strength, by crimes of violence, perpetrated to demonstrate the continuing power of the Freemasons for the benefit of Brothers abroad.” Stephen Knight.

What do you think? Do you believe that historical and present day events could have been orchestrated by a powerful organisation whose members are some of the most influential people in the world?

To re-establish their perceived loss of power they must turn one against another, undermine what people hold dear, let the guilty go free, and the innocent be condemned… What does history tell us?

How do I interweave this theory in Initiated to Kill? I uncover the theory of why Jack the Ripper was never caught, and the possible identity of who it might have been. Skipping forward to present day Spain where this same influential organisation initiates another to finish what they started.

Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

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