Anastasia
The Conspiracy
Nicholas II &
Czarina Alexandra
had 5 children:
Olga, Tatiana, Maria,
Anastasia
Alexei
6.18.1901:
Anastasia
Nicholaevna
born
Early 1900s:
Russians disgusted
by war losses,
deaths, and food
shortages
3.15.1917: Nicholas
II forced to give up
the throne
Palace stormed by
soldiers (Bolshevik
supporters)
Nicholas and family
placed under house
arrest
Imperial family was moved twice
1st time to remote Siberia
2nd time to Ekaterinburg
In Ekaterinburg,
they were put in The
Ipatiev House
Lived here for 78
days
Guards everywhere even followed them
to restroom
7.16.1918: Late at night the family,
their doctor, and 3 servants were
awakened and told to get dressed
Told they were going to be
photographed…
…in the basement.
Soldiers stormed into the room and
opened fire
Nicholas, Alexandra, Olga, 2 servants,
doctor all died instantly
Alexei, wounded, lied on the ground
Shot in the head
Other 3 girls (& servant) had been
saved by jewels
They were trying to keep/smuggle the
family diamonds
Had sewn the jewels into their clothes deflected the bullets
Soldiers were unnerved
Didn’t know why bullets bounced off
Shot again
Tatiana, Maria, & other servant were killed
Anastasia still lived
Here is where the mystery
begins…
Soldiers report that she crawled to the
corner and tucked herself into a ball
Some soldiers say she was bayoneted
Some soldiers say that she survived
Soldiers reported
they did all they
could to destroy
evidence
Poured acid and
gasoline on bodies
Set on fire
Mass unmarked
grave in woods
(Charred bones eventually found and
buried)
Within days rumors start to spread
about the events
Rumors about a survivor
Went on for over a year
2.17.1920: A woman
jumped off of a
bridge in Berlin,
Germany
Taken to a mental
hospital
She had no
identification
She claimed to be
Anastasia
Some believed her,
some didn’t
Her story:
Explained how she was huddled in the
corner & bayoneted, but still survived
Said that the last soldier to leave saw
that she was alive and rescued her
He ran away with
her to Romania
They got married
He died in a street
fight
Called herself Anna
Anderson
Introduced to Royal family relatives
Some believe
Some doubt
Arguments against:
Never spoke Russian
Where has she been until now?
Years pass - looks change
Arguments for:
Understood questions in Russian - chose to
answer in English, German, French, and
Polish
Explained that she would no longer speak
the language of those that killed her family
(Arguments for continued)
Must be well-educated (rich) to speak so
many languages
Had scars on her body - claimed they were
from bayonets & bullets
Had same foot deformity
1984: Anna Anderson died
Early 1990s: graves exhumed
Parts of 9 skeletons found
DNA testing identified:
1- Older unrelated male
3- Older unrelated females
1- Older related male
1- Older related female
3 young related females
2 bodies Missing:
1- young related boy
1- young related girl
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