http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na...131213,0,279382.story?track=rss#axzz2nS6Wcs6C I'm sure this is just bad luck....right? After all, anyone can die in a plane crash. And you're especially prone to dying in a mysterious way if you are the keeper of secrets. By Soumya Karlamangla December 12, 2013, 7:18 p.m. When President Obama marched into the White House briefing room with his Hawaiian birth certificate in April 2011, he said: "I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest." How right he was. The release of his long-form birth certificate did not eliminate the "birther" movement, which wrongly contends that Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore ineligible to be president. Although conspiracists had demanded its release, once he made public the document it merely shifted the debate. Some birthers accused Obama of forgery, while others turned their focus to his college transcripts in hopes of proving that he had applied for admission as a foreign student. (He had not.) And this week, birthers seized on a plane crash off Hawaii that killed one person: state public health Director Loretta Fuddy, the woman who verified the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Skeptics turned to social media Thursday to suggest that Obama had played some role in Fuddy's death. Twitter posts included: "The WH tying up loose ends?" "What did she really know?" and "R.I.P. Loretta Fuddy — we'll know the truth about Barack Hussein Obama, regardless." Donald Trump, a longtime doubter of Obama's birthplace, also weighed in on Twitter: "How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama's 'birth certificate' died in plane crash today. All others lived." That reaction didn't surprise those who study conspiracy theorists. Mark Fenster, University of Florida law professor who wrote a book on conspiracy theories, said adherents will search for evidence to support their beliefs, and each piece of news can give their theory new life. "The theories themselves are a process of stitching together individual facts to form a larger narrative, and this is just one more fact that gets linked to the chain," Fenster said. Fuddy, 65, was among nine people in a Cessna that crashed into the ocean Wednesday, shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Molokai about 3:15 p.m. The eight others on the plane, including the pilot, were rescued, but Fuddy "remained in the fuselage of the plane," Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig told KHON-TV. "It's always a difficult situation when you're not able to get everybody out." On Thursday, Lt. William Juan with the Maui Police Department said that Fuddy's body had been recovered from the wreckage and that an autopsy would be conducted. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, agency spokesman Eric Weiss said, and a preliminary report should be ready in 10 to 14 days. The pilot of the Makani Kai Air plane did not call for help, officials said, but radio reception is bad in the area. Makani Kai Air President Richard Schuman said the crash was caused by "catastrophic engine failure." Fuddy was apparently headed to Honolulu from Kalawao County, a park on the north coast of Molokai and the home of Hawaii's former leper colonies. The director of the health department serves as the mayor of Kalawao County. Fuddy had been the state's public health director since March 2011. She approved the release of Obama's long-form birth certificate, which is not a public document in Hawaii, at his lawyers' request. More recently, she had been involved with implementing the Affordable Care Act and the state's gay marriage law, which took effect Dec. 2. Hawaii's governor praised Fuddy. "Our hearts are broken. Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated, and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. "Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience."