Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was murdered in the very early morning hours on December 30, 1916. If you know the name Rasputin, then my bet is you know the circumstances of his death.
Rasputin was said to have healing powers, a hypnotic effect on men and woman, was a known womanizer whom some said was a saint while others claimed him to be the human incarnation of Satan.
Prince Felix Yusupov, who confessed to killing Rasputin details how Rasputin ate poisoned treats with no effect…
…Rasputin relaxed, eating multiple cakes and drinking three glasses of wine, Yusupov waited. And waited. The “Mad Monk” should have been dead in seconds, but the cyanide seemed to have no effect. Growing worried, Yusupov excused himself to the other room. He returned with a gun, promptly shooting Rasputin in the back. The other accomplices drove off to create the appearance that their victim had departed, leaving Yusupov and Purishkevich alone at the mansion with what appeared to be Rasputin’s corpse.
A strange impulse made Yusupov check the body again. The moment he touched Rasputin’s neck to feel for a pulse, Rasputin’s eyes snapped open. The Siberian leapt up, screaming, and attacked. But that wasn’t the worst part. As Yusupov wrote in 1953, “there was something appalling and monstrous in his diabolical refusal to die. I realized now who Rasputin really was … the reincarnation of Satan himself.”
According to legend Rasputin was poisoned, shot repeatedly, beaten, bound and dumped into a river to drown. When his body was found its condition supported the account of Rasputin’s murder and unnatural ability to survive…
…Two days later, a search party found a body trapped beneath the ice of the frozen Malaya Nevka River. It was Rasputin: missing an eye, bearing three bullet wounds and countless cuts and bruises.
Rasputin’s daughter wrote in her book, My Father, that when Rasputin’s body…
…was found, his hands were unbound, arms arranged over his head… Maria claimed this was proof Rasputin survived his injuries, freed himself in the river, and finally drowned while making the sign of the cross.
Most of us know the story of Rasputin and his supernatural ability to survive attacks that would have killed mortals. Yet all we know, may not be the whole story. Perhaps Rasputin didn’t have supernatural powers.
Andrew Lenoir presents an explanation based on research and historical facts to explain The Murder of Rasputin: The 100th Anniversary of a Mystery That Won’t Die.