Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Royal Family

I found a very interesting article recently published about the DNA evidence regarding the murders of Tzar Nicholas' family in 1918. DNA evidence has confirmed that ALL of the family members were killed. No roaming Anastasia's or Alexei's. All of the souls perished in the early morning hours of July 17, 1918.

The journal publication is fantastic. In the original grave 9 bodies were found (5 royals and 4 servants) - which fueled the flames of the modern press - what happened to the other two children? In 2007 a separate grave was found to contain two bodies, that of Alexei and one of his sisters. That sister turned out to be Maria and all of the occupants of the graves have been identified via DNA evidence obtained from members of the living Romanov family.

It is a very sad thing to realize that none of the family survived. I believe that the speculation that one of the sisters lived helped the modern public surround this tragedy in a bubble of hope - that out of this horrendous deed some spark of hope still survived.

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