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The Top 20 Biggest Lies in History

By Becky Ferreira Jan 9, 2014

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Princess Anastasia's Survival

Princess Anastasia was rumored to have survived the brutal 1918 assassination of her family for most of the 20th Century. The mystery was finally put to rest in 2007, when genetic testing confirmed that sadly, she did not escape the massacre. The myth of her survival was buoyed on by the lack of a body, the emergence of many women claiming to be Anastasia (most famously, Anna Anderson), and several blockbuster movies supporting the idea. Though it was a lie, we understand why people wanted to avoid the horrible truth about this ill-fated princess.

Tags: history, lies, slideshows, presidents, governments, false

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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