Mythology is a powerful force in any given human culture. It is an attempt to link together the world we live in, and the possibility of a world beyond it. Unfortunately, there are those who would wish to exploit their brothers and sisters in humanity, and use this to create the illusion they are a mystical being. Could this be true of the famous Russian “wizard,” Rasputin.
There is a famous account of his death, in which, he is poisoned, shot, and thrown in a river seeming to survive all these other than the river. However, is this an accurate account of what happened that night? Professor Derrick Pounder, head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Dundee and a senior forensic pathologist performed an autopsy in which he found no trace of poison. He also concluded that he died from being shot.
So, why would the killers of Rasputin create this myth? Well if they did it would make their actions seem like demon slaughtering heroism instead of the murder of a mere mortal. One is slightly reminded of the Salem witch trails.

References
http://app.dundee.ac.uk/pressreleases/prjan06/rasputin.html
http://www.forteantimes.com/strangedays/mythbusters/646/rasputin_the_indestructible.html


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  1.    ctrout on May 1, 2015 8:27 am

    Here is a link to a video about Rasputin since none of the links in the description seemed to work. This video also describes him more of like a creature than a human, and deals mostly with his death

    http://www.history.com/topics/russian-revolution/videos/timothy-dickinson-rasputin

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