>For something to be a fraud there must be a motive.
The motive for particle physicists is simple: money. There is some minor prestige to it, for those who are gullible enough to take it seriously, but it's mostly about all those government grants to build useless machines that do nothing interesting at all.
I suggest you download a copy (its online, if you know where to look) of The Higgs Fake: How Particle Physicists Fooled the Nobel Committee
by Alexander Unzicker. It is the most forthright expose of this scam available, but even then, his major source is still Andrew Pickering's Constructing Quarls
, which is an absolute masterpiece and also available for free online, if you know where to look.
The truth is out there, it's just so unbelievable to most people ("How could all these smart people be wrong?!") that there is no real danger of the secret being exposed.
Hilariously enough, people have called Unzicker a Nazi for saying what he does, because he is a German.