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John Michell Mysteries


Welcome to John Michell, a best-selling author and world authority on the mysteries of existence. John writes regular weekly articles for my page in the Daily Mirror newspaper. Now those articles can be read on this site. It is a thrill to have John writing for us about unexplained phenomena. I have been an admirer of his work since I was a teenager. I hope you enjoy his thought-provoking work. Jonathan Cainer

Archive for Thursday 3rd April 2003 - The murder mystery of a Russian Princess

One of the greatest mysteries of last century is the story of Anastasia. In 1918, after the Russian revolution, Tsar Nicholas, his wife Alexandra, their young son and four daughters were murdered by Bolsheviks. They were shot and bayoneted in the cellar of their Siberian prison-house. The bodies were thrown down a mine shaft.

The event was not well witnessed, so details are uncertain. Rumours went round that one of the girls had survived the massacre. Two years later, a young woman attempting suicide was dragged from a canal in Berlin. She was distraught and unknown, so they took her to a lunatic asylum. Gradually, as she recovered, the woman began to speak about her past. She was Anastasia, the Tsar's youngest daughter, just 17 when the family was murdered. She had been stabbed and shot, but she survived, and was taken out of Russia by a soldier.

Russians in western Europe could never agree about Anastasia. Many of the Tsar's friends and family recognized the woman as the little princess they had known. Others denied her claim, or refused to hear it.

After her death, DNA evidence was produced that seemed to discredit her. But her supporters still insist that this was a put-up job, and that Anna Anderson, as she later called herself, was the real Anastasia. Here I can see a third possibility that the spirit of a murdered girl moved into a desperate woman in Germany, and made. her act like a Russian princess.

John Michell

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