Rasputin Received A Deeply Unsettling Threat Right Before His Death
Despite the awful rumors and Rasputin’s outlandish behaviors, the czarina in particular continued to defend her relationship with him. As his actions and conduct were calling into further question the stability of the imperialist government, there were some who decided that the “Mad Monk” had to be dealt with. According to History Collection, the czar’s own nephew and a group of aristocrats came up with a plan to assassinate Rasputin, in an attempt to save the monarchy. Unfortunately, killing Rasputin was going to prove harder than it looked.
By the time 1916 rolled around, the controversial holy man was getting death threats on a regular basis, but one he received on December 29 was different for some reason. Rasputin was “deeply disturbed” by this particular death threat, and even his own daughter recalled noticing a significant change in his demeanor following the call, per Weird Worm. Who made that call is still a mystery, but later that day Rasputin met with the car’s nephew, Felix Yusupov, and was murdered.
According to All That’s Interesting, Yusupov had Rasputin come to his estate where he tried to poison him with wine and pastries. Allegedly when that didn’t kill him, Yusupov then shot him in the chest. That reportedly didn’t do the job, so Yusupov and one others who were with him were eventually forced to shoot him again, then dumped his body into the Neva River, where it was discovered days later.