By: Steven Karges
Who Was Rasputin
Born to a Siberian peasant family around 1869 Rasputin received little schooling . In his early years, some people of his village said he possessed supernatural powers, while others cite examples of extreme cruelty. For a time, it was believed his name "Rasputin" meant "licentious" in Russian. At age 19 he got married and then had 2 children but shortly after birth they died. In his early 20s Rasputin left his family and traveled to Greece and the Middle East, making several pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
Rasputin’s would-be killers gave the monk food and wine laced with cyanide. When he failed to react to the poison, they shot him at close range, leaving him for dead. A short time later Rasputin attempted to escape from the palace grounds then after his assailants shot him again and beat him viciously. Finally, they found Rasputin still alive and tossed him into a freezing river. His body was discovered several days later and the two main conspirators were then killed.