The Bhutto family was tragedy prone and its members over two generations had met a violent end culminating in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on Thursday.
The seeds for the family's brush with tragedy were sown when Benazir's father and former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged on April 4, 1979.
Bhutto's end came after worldwide appeals for clemency were dismissed by the then acting President Gen Zia ul Haq.
The family was enveloped in tragedy within a year when Bhutto's brother Shahnawaz was killed under suspicious circumstances in France.
The killing of another of her brothers Mir Murtaza in 1996 contributed to destabilising her second term as prime minister.