Grigori Rasputin: The “Mad Monk”
Assassinations are rare in this world of ours, when someone thinks of the word assassination names that come to mind might be John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, or Abraham Lincoln, but does anyone think of Grigori Rasputin not likely most people have probably never even heard the name let alone know anything about him. But little dose people know is that Grigori Rasputin was killed by the Tsar’s jealousy and that Rasputin stained his image. It has been said that Rasputin was quite the charmer back in the day, well endowed, he could swoon almost any woman off their feet including Tsarina Alexandria. Grigori Rasputin was born on January 22, 1869 in Pokrovskoe, Siberia, Russia to parents Efim Vilkin and Anna Parshukova. Rasputin was born a peasant in his small village of Pokrovskoe little is known about Rasputin’s childhood. Rasputin had two siblings Dmitri and Maria both died while Rasputin was a child which affected him deeply, he went on to name his first two children after them. Around the age of 18 the spent 3 months in the Verkhoturye Monastery. His experience there, combined with a reported vision of the Virgin Mary on his return, turned him towards the life of a religious mystic and wanderer. He later married his wife Praskovia in 1889 and had 3 children. In 1901 he left his home to become a traveler, his travels took him to places such as Greece and Jerusalem. In 1903 he arrived in Saint Petersburg where he gradually gained a reputation as a holy man with healing powers. In 1905 his relation with the royal family begins when the Tsarina franticly looks for any and everyone who could help heal her hemophiliac son Alexi. He was said to have been able to heal Alexi through prayer and was proven to relive Alexi, each time Alexi got injured Rasputin came to his aid and was able to heal him. This caused the Tsar and the rest of the royal family to befriend and trust Rasputin. Soon Rasputin grew...
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