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Anna Anderson: Is She the Romanov Princess Anastasia?

Angela loves history and feels it is essential to our future to know the past—or else we're destined to repeat it.

Taken in 1906, this is the family of Anastasia.

Taken in 1906, this is the family of Anastasia.

Anastasia's Beginnings

Anastasia Romanov was born June 5, 1901, to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Alexandra Fyordorvn, Queen Victoria's granddaughter and her husband, Albert. Her parents had four daughters and one son. Anastasia was the youngest of the girls, although her brother Alexei Nikolaevich was younger. Her older sisters' names were Tatiana, Maria, and Olga.

On July 17, 1918, the Romanov family was ambushed by the Bolshevik secret police a year after Nicholas Romanov, Anastasia's father was forced to abdicate his throne and brutally stabbed in the basement of their house. After the killing, the bodies were recovered, except for two: Anastasia's and her younger brother's.

Some believe that the remains were found in Ekaterinburg when they discovered two charred bodies in 2007. Skeptics believe that the Russian officials only claimed that they were the remains of these two children because it would benefit the Russian government if Anastasia Romanov died those many years ago.

Anastasia Nikolaevna

Taken wearing her gown, in 1910

Taken wearing her gown, in 1910

The Power of the Romanovs

The Romanovs were very powerful people. They controlled about ten percent of the world's landmass, and their net worth was thirty billion dollars, which was during a time when thirty billion was worth more than it is today. In his time, Tsar Nicholas was the most powerful man on the earth, and his wealth trumped any of the European royalties. It was most likely this tremendous power that caused those to end his time as Tsar of Russia and murder him and his family.

Even without power, his life seemed much like a fairy tale. The love affair between Anastasia's parents was beautiful. They often wrote back and forth when he was traveling for political duties. The letters found reveal that they were madly in love and wholly devoted to one another. They were also wonderful parents. Despite his desire to have a male heir, Nicolas was sincerely excited for each of his daughters' births. He recorded all of the details in his journal.

The grand duchess dressed up.

The grand duchess dressed up.

Anastasia's Personality

Anastasia was the most charming of her sisters and also the naughtiest. She loved pranking her tutors and servants, often tripping them among other stunts. Anastasia also enjoyed climbing trees, and when asked to come down, she would often refuse. She was strong-willed with a mind of her own, and she had a captive personality. Although the girl never cared much for her looks, she was considered very beautiful. Unlike her sisters, she had blue eyes and strawberry-blond hair. She was also notoriously funny and enjoyed putting on plays for her parents. Many of these plays would cause her parents and siblings to "howl with laughter."

Anna Anderson

Profile photograph of Anna Anderson, who adopted the identity of Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia in early 1922.

Profile photograph of Anna Anderson, who adopted the identity of Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia in early 1922.

The Claims of Anna Anderson

When she disappeared, and her remains were unknown, many people had claimed to be her. Anna Anderson is only one of the women who claimed to be the heir of Tsar Nicholas II. Although, unlike many others, she is the most well-known, some people recognize her as Anastasia.

Anna first came out in 1920 and again in 1922 as the missing Anastasia. She lived in Charlottesville until she died in 1984. She sincerely believed that she was the Grand Duchess, Anastasia. Shortly after her marriage, the couple was asked to grab one item from their living room that most exemplified the other person for a newspaper photo. Her husband, Jack Manahan, grabbed a picture of Anastasia's father.

There were reasons to believe her claims, for she knew more about the Romanov family than any casual observer could know. When she first made her claims, only a few knew about the attack from the Bolshevik police since media was nothing like it is today. She was one of those who knew. Plus, she had unusual scars that she believed resulted from a skirmish with the Bolshevik secret police. Much of the details that we now know are from Anna Anderson's testimony, demonstrating the complete faith many have of her being the true heir of Tsar Nicholas II.

Another reason people question the truth is that Maria Rasputin claimed that Anna Anderson was the real Anastasia Romanov. Maria Rasputin was the daughter of the family's most trusted adviser Gregori Rasputin. Maria was only three years older and often played with Anastasia. When hearing of Anna Anderson's claim, she asked to meet her privately. After a meeting that lasted several hours, Maria proclaimed that Anna Anderson was, in fact, the real Anastasia. Maria said that Anna reminded her of things she had long forgotten.

Although years later, Maria took back her claim when Anna refused to dine in Los Angeles under the name of Anastasia Romanov. Anna felt that it was ridiculous to flaunt her name, this angered Maria, and she changed her claim of Anna's identity.

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This was taken by the court photographer, when she was little.

This was taken by the court photographer, when she was little.

Similarities Between Anna and Anastasia

There are many similarities between the two. The most obvious is that Anna looks like Anastasia. Comparing the two has similar petite features, same nose, hair color, and face shape. She had similar scarring on her abdomen and face and the same measurements of Anastasia. Also, Anna Anderson never once left the character of being Anastasia, Romanov's youngest daughter. One of the more unique similarities was the deformity that Anastasia had. Anna Anderson had the same deformity on the left foot. Although she spoke German, her accent was Russian, which also was an indicator.

DNA Disproof

The only way we will ever know is through an actual legitimate DNA test. After Anna Anderson died in 1994 (nearly ten years later), they finally did a tissue test. The results showed Anna Anderson was not Anastasia. Although Russia's desire to keep things hidden, the tissue samples may have been purposely mixed up to show that she was not the true Anastasia Romanov. There is also speculation that the hair retrieval was not accurate since it is unknown whether the hair follicle was intact, which is the only way to have a valid confirmation of paternity. Since Anna Anderson chose cremation, further DNA tests are not possible.

Another reason why they believe there may have been a falsification with the DNA is because there is no proof that the hair and tissue sample was, in fact, Anna Anderson. For one, hair given to them by Anna Anderson's husband was several years after her cremation. No one truly knew if the hair follicle was, in fact, Anna Anderson's.

Yet, in 2008, they had done some DNA testing on charred remains found the year prior. The DNA revealed that the two children found were related to the royal family and, most likely, Alexei and one of his four sisters. Was Anna Anderson Anastasia Romanov? Truthfully, we'll probably never know.


Staff, Legacy. "Anna Anderson: The Great Imposter." September 30, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2018.

Questions & Answers

Question: Did Anna Anderson have any children?

Answer: To the best of my knowledge, I do not believe Anna Anderson had any children. There is no record of such that I was able to find.

Question: Did anyone ever find the true remains of Anastasia?

Answer: Unfortunately, the answer is not definitive. Most believe no. There was a body found that was either Anastasia or her sister Maria that was found in 2007, but unfortunately, there is not enough evidence to point to whose body that actually was. It was found alongside her brother's body, Alexei Nikolaevich, who also was unaccounted for at the time of the assassination. With all the mystery surrounding the death and the political reasons to keep it hidden, I doubt anyone will ever truly be able to prove the true identity and what happened to Anastasia.

Question: Is Anna Anderson also known as Princess Anna Romanova?

Answer: I have not seen any evidence that she was also known as Princess Anna Romanova. I am not going to say a definite no, without further proof, but from the evidence I see, no one ever referred to her as such.

Question: You say the Romanovs were worth 30 billion. Is that amount adjusted for inflation?

Answer: The Romanovs were worth 30 billion roubles at the time, which in 1916 was worth about $881 million (USD). If you adjust that for inflation, it does equal $30 billion currently.

Question: Did Anna Anderson die in 1984?

Answer: Yes, she died on February 12, 1984.

Question: How can you possibly say that we will never know what happened to Anastasia? DNA has clearly shown us that the whole family has been found. Everybody is accounted for. If the woman in the second grave was Maria or Anastasia is of no importance. The fact is that the remains of 4 daughters and one son have all been found.

Answer: In all honesty, I think it is important not to assume that everything you read is accurate. There are reasons it would have been beneficial to falsify DNA results to the government, so that way Anastasia was believed to be found. I do not believe that we can say without a shadow of a doubt that all four daughters and one son were in fact found.

Question: When did Maria Rasputin claim Anna Anderson was Anastasia?

Answer: On Tuesday, August 13, 1968, the two met and talked privately, that is when Maria Rasputin made this claim. She said, “She reminded me of things I had forgotten…There was one time I was dressed up like a Red Cross nurse, the kind who accompanied wounded troops home on the trains. I’d entirely forgotten the incident until being reminded.” Maria tried to get together with her one more time, but Anna Anderson turned her down, it was then that Maria recanted her claim. It is uncertain why she withdrew her claim, and if it had to do with the fact that she did not believe her to be Anastasia indeed, or for other reasons.

Question: Did Anna Anderson speak Russian?

Answer: As far as records show, she spoke German, but her accent was Russian. Whether she spoke Russian or not, there is no record whether she did or not.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


ChatNoir on January 11, 2020:

Anna Anderson did look a little like Tatiana, but not much like Anastasia. But she had to go with Anastasia, she was much too short for Tatiana. Go to Facebook "Anna Anderson was Franzisca Schanzkowska" and look at the two profiles. Not much likeness there.

As for her knowledge about the murders, the truck etc etc, it was already written about in papers and magazines all over Europe. She modeled her story on that of Mlle. Berditch, an Anastasia impostor from Paris. Her "story" first included a short stay in Paris, but after she was told that her "family" lived in Denmark, she dropped Paris from her story.

As for the duke of Hesse, he was never in Russia during the war, this was established during the trial. Some people said they had met him on the way there, but unfortunately, we know that many witnesses "remembered" things that did not happen. But the Entente Press in Germany let loose rumors of this alleged visit to Russia, and Anna Anderson picked up on it.

As for the diaries of the Tsar and Tsarina, they were widely available in Germany. Frau Rathlef even came to Fräulein Unbekannt telling her that she could get her "mother's" diary for her to read. No problem getting all kinds of information about the Imperial family for any impostor who was able and willing. And the real Anastasia would never had known about her parent's drug use, that was not the thing that was discussed in front of the children.

As for her handwriting, it is completely different from that of Anastasia, but very much like the one of Franzisca Schanzkowska. The samples that Minna Becker had to work with, came from Anna Anderson's attempts to copy Anastasia' s signature. She would practice on anything she had available, the margin of a magazine is full of her attempts to write like Anastasia. After the visit of Alexis Volkov, she pretended to speak broken German, and had apparently lost the ability to write. Imagine then the surprise of Frau Rathlef when she came across a letter to a certain masseuse in Berlin that Anna Anderson wrote from the sanatorium in Bavaria, three pages in perfect German. The letter ended up with Herluf Zahle, and never made it to the trial. When Anna Anderson came home from USA and stayed at Ilten, she took a course in typing, and therefore left very few samples of her handwriting to be examined.

Her story is very interesting, and I was on the fence for a long time, thinking that there were two many things that seemed to be proof that Anna Anderson really was the lost Grand Duchess. But the more I read, the more I realized that those "proofs" were mostly half truths or downright falsehoods. Anna Anderson was, without a shadow of doubt, the German woman Franzisca Schanzkowska, who disappeared a day before Fräulein Unbekannt was found.

The contamination of bones were taken into consideration when checking the skeletons for DNA. One millimeter of outer surfaces was ground away by sand wheels attached to a high-speed electric drill in a sterile environment. The remaining bone was frozen in liquid nitrogen, then pulverized and dissolved in various solutions, then centrifuged to release DNA. This way the scientists could determine the sex of the skeleton and the family relationship, making it possible to determine who were the servants, and who were the Imperial family members. Two children were missing, and found in a separate grave 10 years or so later. Again, DNA tests proved them to be Alexis and either Maria or Anastasia.

MoFarone on January 10, 2020:

There are so many things out there about this subject. Things we discuss about this subject can be shot down from either side of the isle. Both sides have been passionate from the beginning.

Things I've hung on to are not necessarily how Anna Anderson looked like Anastasia. My impression is she looked more like Tatiana. Can't miss those nostrils. Her handwriting and signature are a puzzling match. But, its the information she gave that was accurate and before anyone else knew. Even Gleb Botkin couldn't have coached her on it. How did she know about the truck that hauled the bodies in to the woods? There were carts used at the site. How would she know they weren't chopped up and shoved in to boxes? The truck getting bogged down? How did she know the exact date of the executions? How did Anna know enough to make the Duke of Hess out to be a liar? The Duke denied visiting the Czar during WW1. Colonel Larski and Crown Princess Cecile confirmed decades later that the Duke had visited the Czar in 1916 in secret.

Adding to the puzzle. Is anyone aware that bodies decomposing in the ground in the same area can actually eventually share DNA? It happened with another Anastasia claimant who was dug up for identification making it a challenge to identify who the family knew to be their own Grandma in that grave.

Not wanting to dismiss any possibilities its been hard to grasp at any one thing. Way too many variations written and broadcasted. Even the true historical events. For example the czars family was awakened and told to go to the basement for their safety. The Czars family was told to go to the basement to wait for cars. To wait for trucks. To take pictures. Next we'll see that they were told to go to the basement to play a relaxing game of Twister.

On the other side of the isle it puzzles me how Yurovski forgot how to count to eleven. Had he only found 10 bodies before the final burial wouldn't he have been concerned? Perplexed? Looked for answers?

There is one possibility that's stirred in my mind and maybe its worth a risk to say it. I've not seen any discussion about the fact that maybe Anna Anderson was a really good psychic. Before you laugh, think. We've seen where psychics can name names, details, places and events. Enough to help police. Some psychics claim to become that person. Could her visions explain how she knew things? Maybe using that to pull off a scam? Or perhaps deluding herself in to thinking she really was Anastasia? Convincing herself she was who she wasn't? If Anastasia was in the grave, then who and why?

MoFarone on January 06, 2020:

For over 35 years I've read everything I could get my hands on and watched any documentary discussing the subject. I really don't recall so I'm sorry I can't help you with that. I took note in my mind when it came up then later after the archives were opened read about at least one letter made public from the Czar to the Czarina that included him mentioning using coke for his sinuses. It would be at least one explanation of why the Czar's behavior was described as being grandiose and out of touch with his population. Hypothetically if it were Anastasia as any child it would create discomfort with the behavior changes that occur with the use of cocaine. Also, if the Empress Alexandra were using opium it would explain her isolating herself from the public and sometimes even from her children. Claiming to not feel well. I understood at times her children had to write notes to her.

ChatNoir on January 06, 2020:

MoFarone, you are wasting a heap of words trying to defend your position on Anna Anderson, nee Franzisca Schanzkowska. Let me tell you once and for all: We KNOW that she was an impostor. And why?

First of all: Her face was different. Her handwriting was different. Her ears were different. She spoke no English or Russian when found, only German, which Anastasia did not speak. None of the scars on her body were found on Anastasia per Shura Gilliard. She did not recognize any of the people who came to see her, neither did they recognize her. A visit to the grandmother? Surely you jest, she had a visit from the Tsar's sister, Grand Duchess Olga, who clearly rejected her.

And then there is the DNA. First tested by Dr. Gills in England and AFDIL in USA. Both labs came up with the same sequence. Then Franzisca's aunt was tested, then her son, both by separate labs. The sequence was still the same. Then the hair was tested, and then re-tested many years later. Still the same sequence. Are you trying to tell us that all these labs are wrong?

And, oh yes, there are no such thing as a German Polish person. You are either German or Polish. And you may very well be German by Wednesday.

Go to Anna Anderson was Franzisca Schanzkowska on Facebook and see the photos. Feel free to comment, I look forward to your arguments.

ChatNoir on January 06, 2020:

MoFarone, exactly where did you read about Anna Anderson's aversion to drugs?

MoFarone on January 05, 2020:

I think the author was accurate in saying we'll probably never know. In modern day we only have bits and pieces of information from various resources, Some of them very subjective. We can draw any conclusion and become an adamant expert about anything we want with second hand information. But, the only fact we really know is that we really can't verify. Currently we're of the firm belief that the DNA is 100% correct yet there were more imperfections in the past than we want to admit. What, we never found out we were wrong about something down the road? Really? Its the only fact we actually do know. The materials to test for DNA may not all even be 100% verifiable in this case. We can draw definite conclusions knowing that also? Keep in mind we're the same crowd who used to think we knew a lot about the universe yet what we learned as kids as definite has changed. The universe hasn't gone anywhere but we did. I've also noticed in modern day we tend to infer that people in the past were idiots. Easily duped. At the same time we are the same people who will say we know more than our children because we were there,they weren't.

I tend to trust the obvious. The church has doubts and its smart to do so. Because we don't know a damned thing for sure. Knowing human beings and looking at it objectively and collectively this is a lot of discussion which would only have begun with something to talk about. Hard to believe a German Polish mental patient or whatever could be credible enough to get so many "more important" people stirred up at the time by spinning yarns and telling bedtime stories. If that's possible I'll be an architect by Monday. President by Tuesday. And, I'm not even German but wait till Wednesday. At any stage in modern human history people with limited credibility like this who were making up stories would normally have been either brushed aside or drugged and put back in the institution. This we know to be fact.

People back then who WERE there had reasons to doubt Anastasia lived. Some clearly had subjective reasons to assure everyone believed it wasn't her. Those who believed she lived had nothing to gain by opposing the others. Some later denying her after they confirmed her...It shows me in today's world we need to keep an objective mind.

We can't look at any one thing about this and say its for certain. Only those who actually walked the earth with Anastasia could possibly know. Had they given Anna Anderson 5 minutes with the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna (The Grandma) which Anna apparently asked for? The old lady would have cleared this mess up in a New York minute. But it didn't happen. Why it didn't is another question. We can't say we actually know anything.

ChatNoir on January 03, 2020:

Again, Anna Anderson was not a Polish factory worker, she was a German woman of the working class who happened to work for a short time in the AEG factory like so many other women in Germany during WWI. The books about her were written by people who were duped, and those who were not. Read "The False Anastasia" by Pierre Gilliard, and you will learn that AA's "memories" were either found in publications or just made up. Tell me just ONE memory of hers that cannot be explained, and I will sell you that bridge in Brooklyn for free.

MoFarone on January 02, 2020:

One of the items I was referring to in the diaries was about the Czar's and Czarina's drug use. I read Anna said she didn't like drugs because of her parents use of it. I understand the Czar to have written in his diary how he was using coke to clear his sinuses and the Czarina claimed to use Opium to sleep.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 02, 2020:

MoFarone, I will have to look into the family diaries that were open. I don't know the details found within.

MoFarone on December 30, 2019:

I just feel there was way too much about Anna Anderson to dismiss. Look at the obvious. Had she not had compelling evidence why were there books, speeches and plays written about someone who just walked in with a story? If you look at the year, this polish factory worker they talk about was suddenly discovered at a convenient time. If it was a Polish factory worker , working at a factory, how would she have known what Anna told that was actually verified from the family diaries after the archives were opened up in Russia ...10 years after Anna died?

ChatNoir on May 02, 2019:

In the original post, it states that "she sincerely believed that she was Anastasia." This is not the case. On one of Miliukoff's tapes, she clearly says: "You mean who I am, or who I pretend to be?" Good old Franzisca was clearly aware of her impostor role, but she had carried the charade too far to turn back.

Jasmine on March 18, 2019:

I definitely believe Anna to be the real Anastasia. Like many said below I believe the DNA test was falsified, and even though it’s unlikely I hope one day we may learn the truth about it

ChatNoir48 on September 26, 2018:

Anna Anderson was, unfortunately, not Grand Duchess Anastasia.

She was the German working woman Franzisca Schanzkowska. But she put on a very good show, and some people were fooled. And others were not.

What gives her away? First of all, the features. Her nose was too big, her mouth was too wide, her hair was darker, and her ears were totally different. This came to light when a clear photo of Anastasia was printed in the Siberian News some years ago, showing her left ear very clearly. Of course, three identification experts had already pointed out that the ears of Anna Anderson and Anastasia were different, but three others said the opposite. And the arguments continued.

Another thing that gives the woman away, was her inability to recognize anybody from the Imperial Court, people that Anastasia would have embraced immediately. Baroness Buxhoeveden came to visit, and Franzisca hid under the blanket from fear that she would be discredited. Of course, she was, but the believers still rallied. Princess Irene visited her, and history repeated itself. Franzisca had no idea who Irene was, and refused to talk to her. Then, Alex Volkov came to see her. Franzisca had no idea who he was, and Volkov denounced her. Her old teacher, Pierre Gilliard came to see her together with his wife, Alexandra "Shura" Tegleva, and Franzisca was totally at sea. She described Gilliard as "a strange man", and believed that Shura was "her" aunt Olga Alexandrovna. Colonel Anatole Mordvinov came to visit her at Schloss Seeon, and called her an impostor. And, of course, Franzisca had no idea who he was. Many people talk about her "memories" and how she knew details about the Imperial Family that nobody else could have known. However, this is nothing but a myth. She knew nothing more than what was written in books and newspaper articles, but she did make up some stories that made the public believe that she had inside information. For example, she talked about the swastika on "her mother's car". She had seen a photo of the car in question already in 1922, and it was the Tsar's Delaunay Bonneville. The Tsarina preferred a smaller Mercedes or a Renault when she was driving alone. Franzisca had allegedly named rooms in the palace correctly, but this is also an apocryphal story. She described her "parent's" bedrooms, while the Imperial couple always shared the same room. The bedroom that she described as that of her "brother", was in reality that of the Imperial couple. And so on and so on.

The scars on her body did not exist on Anastasia. If you have read the interview with Bella Cohen in the New York Times, you will learn that Shura did not recognize any of the scars on Franzisca's body. Also, remember that Franzisca could only play the piano with the right hand due to stiffness in her left hand finger. Anastasia always played with both hands.

The DNA finally solved the mystery. First the intestine sample from Martha Jefferson's Hospital was sequenced, and it showed no relation to the Romanovs. Then the samples from Franzisca's aunt and grand nephew were tested, and there was a perfect match. Rumors arose that the sample from the hospital might have been switched, but the rumors have been proven wrong. Dr. Shrum, after having removed the intestinal tissue from Franzisca, cut slices off the part to check for cancer. The slices were kept in the histology department, and the intestine sample was kept in the pathology department. When located, there was a comparison between the two, and there was a perfect match. The hair has a rather dubious chain of custody, but when tested, the match was again perfect.

So, ladies and gentlemen, the lady in question was nothing but an impostor, but a very good one.

susanna.ferry@gmail .com on September 23, 2018:

Since I first started reading on this subject in the late 70's, I fairly early concluded that Anna Anderson was indeed Anastasia. However bizarre she was, too many people with NO vested interest, i.e. power and money, corroborated her correct answers to seemingly random questions submitted in writing.

valleydreamin on September 17, 2018:

I really enjoyed your article. So much of it makes sense. I have found though that it’s nearly impossible to have a sane conversation about the possibility of the DNA being tampered with. I’m shocked at how rude and downright aggressive some people are online at the mere suggestion. After all these years it’s amazing that this subject can cause such controversy. Obviously the subject isn’t ready to die. Thanks for your research. Have thought about writing a book on the subject?

Hubpageposter on August 04, 2018:

The remains attributed to the boy and another sister that were located elsewhere consisted of 42 burned bone fragments the size of marbles and gravel - no skull or any identifiable bone. The Russian Orthodox Church keeps them in a plastic bag on a closet shelf and refuses to allow them to be claimed as the children of the tsar because there is just not enough there to convince them. If somehow Alexi did survive, his hemophilia was severe and he would not have lived long naturally, especially with injuries. Ana was another matter. One of Rasputin's predictions that Anna Anderson Manahan told to the journalist - I think he was Russian whose name began with an M - was that "When a Battenberg sits on the throne of England, that monarchy will end." Prince Phillip's family was the Battenbergs and they changed their surname to Mountbatten so that it sounded less German after the war. Queen Elizabeth's family took the name Windsor for the same reason. Prince Charles (Mountbatten) will be the first Battenberg to sit on the English throne, and many British people are already calling for an end to the monarchy, so maybe the Mad Monk will be proven right.

Mike Mowbray on August 02, 2018:

Dr. Maples was convinced that none of these three skeletons was young enough to have belonged to Anastasia, who had been seventeen years and one month old on the night of the murders. One reason was height. Numerous photographs of Anastasia standing next to her sisters taken up until a year before her death showed that she was shorter than Olga and much shorter than Tatiana and Marie. In September 1917, ten months before the murders, Empress Alexandra wrote in her diary: “Anastasia is very fat, like Marie used to be—big, thick-waisted, tiny feet—I hope she grows more.” Could Anastasia have undergone a growth spurt of more than two inches during her final year? It is possible, says Maples, but highly unlikely.

A second reason was the development of the third molars of the three daughters whose remains are present. Dr. Levine, who examined the teeth in every skull, firmly supports Maples’ findings. “He did it anthropologically, I did it dentally; then, independently, we wrote down our estimates of the ages,” said Levine. “We came up with the same numbers.”

Finally, and for Maples most significantly, there was the condition of the vertebrae of the three youngest skeletons in Ekaterinburg. In his opinion, none displayed the characteristics of a seventeen-year-old female. Later, in his laboratory, Maples explained that human beings grow when their bones lengthen at the ends. Soft, cartilagelike material forms at these ends and gradually hardens into bone, making the overall bone—and the human being—larger or taller. In the vertebrae—the column of roundish bones making up the spine—the bones grow larger (and the human being taller) when cartilage forms and hardens on the edges of the upper and lower rims. “In an older person,” Maples explained, “or in portions of the back of a younger person, we have a completed ring around the top and bottom edge of the vertebrae. But when this person still is incomplete in this part of the vertebrae, it gives me a clue that we’re dealing with a young individual.”

Death, of course, arrests the process which transforms cartilage into bone, and in the skeletal bones of young people, the cartilage turns to a yellowish, waxy substance which tends to crumble and flake off. In his laboratory, Maples has several skeletons of adolescents; he used them to make his point: “This person’s vertebrae have the ring, but you see it is in the process of uniting and has flaked off here.… It is almost complete here, but you see is still open there.… Here, this one has virtually flaked off all around.… On this, it is present on the base, completely united with just a little scar on front, but the sides still show the opening.” Maples applied this knowledge and experience to the vertebrae he saw in Ekaterinburg: “Females age more quickly than males in the same age-group,” he said. “In a seventeen-year-old female, you expect to see incomplete vertebrae like this. None of the three skeletons in Ekaterinburg had any incomplete or even partially complete rings. This condition simply is not seen with a seventeen-year-old woman. I’ve never seen it. Since that time, I had a graduate student do a master’s thesis on it, and not in one seventeen-year-old female did we find any complete vertebrae in the back.”

Dr. Maples was well aware of the contradiction between his findings and those of Dr. Abramov. “I believe that Anastasia is missing, and he believes that the missing daughter is Marie,” he said. “I won’t change my mind and he won’t change his.” Why was Maples so certain that Abramov was wrong? His answers were blunt: he faulted Abramov’s technique in attempting to reconstruct with glue the damaged faces in Ekaterinburg. This job was done so poorly, he continued, that any effort to superimpose photographs and skulls could not possibly produce accurate knowledge. Reconstructing damaged faces from fragments of bone can be done, Maples said, but it has to be done with exquisite care. “I frequently reconstruct faces by gluing pieces of bone together,” he declared. “And for this reason I know that even when all the pieces of bone are there, a slight variation in the angle at which two pieces are glued together may result in several millimeters or even half a centimeter difference in where the bone is set. Then, when you try to piece another fragment in, it doesn’t fit. You’ve got a gap. It’s a half a centimeter too big or too small for the next fragment. You can’t get any of the rest to fit, all because one little angle was wrong earlier in the process.

“In the case of the Romanovs, whole portions of the face—the whole of the right or left side of the face in some of the daughters—were missing.” When Maples at one point discussed this with Abramov and asked the Russian scientist, “What happens if you have landmarks that are missing?” Abramov’s answer was “We estimate.” This was unacceptable to Maples. “The Russians had labored manfully over Body No. 6, attempting to restore its facial bones with generous dollops of glue stretched over wide gaps,” he said. “They were forced to estimate over and over again while assembling these fragments, almost none of which was touching another. It was a remarkable and ingenious exercise, but it was too fanciful for me to buy. Seeing what they had done reinforced my conviction that Anastasia was not in that room.”

Nor did Dr. Maples accept Dr. Abramov’s technique of computerized superimposition. “I do video superimposition,” he said, “but in my video superimposition setup we put the photograph under one video camera, we put the skull under another video camera, and we superimpose the images on a single monitor. I can change the position of the skull, I can change the size of the skull, I can move a skull, I can change its overall size in relation to the photograph, I can change its position relative to the face, but I can’t change proportion. It’s not within the system for me to be able to manipulate data. I do this using only cameras. If you use cameras and add a computer into the system, the computer can manipulate data and make things fit. And, in fact, Abramov’s whole system is designed to start with the skull that he digitalizes in three dimensions by only a few points. Then he manipulates that skull by the computer until it fits the photograph.”

Actually, before coming to Ekaterinburg, Maples had planned to return bringing his own superimposition photographs and equipment. But “because of the damage to the faces, I decided during my first visit that there wasn’t any use doing superimposition even to establish that it was the Imperial family, let alone discriminating between the three sisters,” he continued. “And then I learned that Abramov was basing his identification of which of the four sisters was missing upon the reconstructed faces. When that disagreed totally with the age findings that I had made with the skeletons and Lowell had made with the teeth, I simply could not accept the presence of Anastasia.”

On the larger issue, Maples agreed absolutely with Abramov that these are the Romanovs. The nine skeletons fit the requirements of age, sex, height, and weight of nine of the prisoners in the Ipatiev House. “If you were to go out at random and try to assemble another group of people to fit exactly these historical and physical descriptions, you would have to do remarkable research and then go out and find and kill nine identical people,” said Maples. He regards this as so unlikely as to be impossible.

What happened to the two missing bodies? Maples’ long experience with violent death tells him that all eleven prisoners were killed. Given the ferocity of the attack on the family, he cannot believe that anyone was allowed to escape alive from the Ipatiev cellar. For further explanation, he looks to the Yurovsky account, which he accepts as truthful. Yurovsky described the burning of two bodies. One was the tsarevich, the other a female body which Yurovsky at first thought belonged to Alexandra, then decided must be that of Demidova. This female body, Maples believes, belonged to Anastasia. But how could Yurovsky have mistaken the body of a seventeen-year-old girl for that of a mature wom

Mike Mowbray on July 28, 2018:

It must have been the Kurth book that I read years ago that convinced me that Anna Anderson really was Anastasia. The comparison with Anastasia's ear was hard to deny, along with her recollections of Russian court life.

I'd like to know what happened to the Romanov fortune supposedly deposited in an English bank. I wonder if that has any bearing on what people wish to believe?

My memory isn't the best any more but years ago I read an autobiography of a journalist who had been told by Anna Anderson some of Rasputin's predictions


Really enjoyed reading your site.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 18, 2018:

Thank you so much!

Hubpageposter on July 18, 2018:

These books were all available in public libraries:

Anastasia: the Lost Princess - Lovell, James

Anastasia: The Life of Anna Anderson – Kurth, Peter

The File on the Tsar - Summers, Anthony ( also a BBC video in 2 parts on Youtube)

The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, Anna Anderson, and the World's Greatest Royal Mystery - Klier, John

The Quest for Anastasia: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Romanovs – Klier, John

The Hunt for the Tsar - Richards, Guy

Several books by Gleb Botkin, Dr Botkin’s son and personal friend of Imperial Family

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 08, 2018:

Interesting, Hubpageposter, do you have any good recommended books on the topic?

Hubpageposter on July 08, 2018:

Since the "anniversary" of the death of the tsar, by all accounts, is the night of July 17, 1918 (next week!), I would bet there will plenty of interest and media reports in commemoration around that time. Maybe something new will come out about the mystery train to Perm, the next town, that night and the Perm villagers accounts of the teenaged girl captured in the woods by the soldiers, beaten up, and taken away from the others and subsequently seen by a village doctor for head and face injuries.They all said she was not a local peasant, was very small, and spoke well. Others from there claimed they had been able to bribe the guards to get a look at the sad ladies being held under guard in some government buildings. At any rate, the "ladies" seemed to have disappeared completely by November of 1918 with no more sightings. The boy was not reported to have been seen at all so either he had been killed with his father and the other men, or died of his hemophilia shortly after. He was already unable to walk and was bedridden all that spring and summer and had to be carried at 14 years of age.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 07, 2018:

Hubpageposter, that is all very thought-provoking. I think you have inspired me into studying this again!

Hubpageposter on July 01, 2018:

Most people who met Ana Anderson felt her eyes closely resembled the Tsar's, but that her nose and lips looked somewhat different than they remembered. According to Anna, soldiers had beaten her face and head with rifle butts - you can see the break in Anderson's nose that was never set. She also was diagnosed at the asylum with broken upper and lower jaws which had been allowed to heal on their own, also. Plus 8 teeth in the front were knocked out and seven more were so loose that they had to be removed also in 1920. I think missing 15 teeth would considerably alter the face, especially as time passed and the jaw deteriorated. Smashed lips without proper stitches would also end up looking different. I think Anna Anderson closely resembles the pictures of the Tsarevitch, Alexie, from the last couple years of pictures of him. Anna Anderson was also almost starved and Anastasia had been quite chubby - when people lose weight they always look very different. When people have been starved, their eyes bulge and noses look a lot bigger compared to the face than when at normal weight. They said she did not look like the csarina but threw temper tantrums and raged about just like her. Then, too, Anderson's behavior was very like someone with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Shock Disorder - her behavior would certainly have been disconcerting to say the least to other Romanovs. If they acknowledged her, then she would have been the heir to the throne at least until she had a male child, and she was really a mess. They really wanted to get the monarchy going again but not with her as a candidate. It was a real scandal. I also find the story she gave of her "rescue" very hard to believe - a lot of new evidence suggests that only the Tsar and Alexie were killed, along with Botkin and the servants while the women were taken away to another town while Lenin tried to get concessions from the German government who wanted the German princess, Alexandra, and her daughters returned to Germany. After information about them being held in Perm for a few months, no other info was found so they likely were killed after all but Ana could have escaped then. I think the whole DNA story seems to convenient to be true - the Russian Orthodox Church also does not put faith into it and feels something fishy going on - they will not release the "remains" that were supposedly and conveniently "found" in 2007. We will never know.

Pendragonlord on June 15, 2018:

This is a very interesting article, but have you looked at Anastasia'a face? She is so beautiful, and when you look at her eyes you can see pure innocent, with the little smile on her face, anyone can easily tell she has a good heart. I can't see that when I look at Anna Anderson, She doesn't even look like Anastasia. Her eyes looks like the eyes of a psychopath-serial-killer. Her lips are too wide, and I doubt at that time you could get botox, and the smile is not the same cute smile. Yes, people might say she looks different because of what happened to her and her family, but that is a look of someone with metal illness, of someone that will hurt another human being. Oh and lets not mention she gives so many fake names until she said she was Anastasia. In 2007 they found Anastasia and Alexei's body in a mass grave. If Anderson was Anastasia, then how did they find Anastasia's body. It would mean after Anderson died, someone shot her they same way and buried her in the same mass grave. Who magically knew where the grave was.

uerda on April 22, 2018:

This is rare.I do believe that Anna Anderson was the real Anastasia romanova.what a tragedy.this history (Romanovs) will always be an empty chapter for whole world.A mystery...

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on April 09, 2018:

That is so neat that you met her. I am very curious myself, and do believe that there may have been interference in discovering the truth. There seems to be a lot of reasons why others would not have wanted that to be known if she really was Anastasia.

keyjennic on April 09, 2018:

I actually met Anna Anderson. Her husband, Jack Manahan owned the farm that my dad was born on. We just happen to go out there and look around when Jack and Anna were there. Jack was a History professor at University of Virginia and did a lot of research on the subject.

I can't say whether it was her or not because I was only 10-11 when I met her and Anastasia meant nothing to me. I do believe that the DNA testing was falsified. The English throne wanted to keep quiet about turning their back on the Romanov's because that was a horrible thing to do to Queen Victoria's granddaughter and her children.

And as far as Anna Anderson being Franziska Schanzkowska, I don't buy it. She knew way too much about the Romanov's to be a fake.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 05, 2018:

I just ordered that book, I'm looking forward to reading it!

I never knew that about the ear. Did they have a good picture of Anastasia's ear to do a good comparison?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 05, 2018:

What benefit would the Russian government had, if Maria was the one missing not Anastasia?

ARHouston on March 04, 2018:


You raise too a very interesting point of how did the Russian Govt. need to protect their narrative play into this? I recall after the bodies where found and the lie about Maria being the one missing was allowed to stick, that everyone on all the forums were being told that the myth of Anastasia was all part of Soviet Disinfo.

Something about the possibility of there being a real contender to the throne would keep the surviving Romanovs too busy fighting among themselves to be of any usefullness in trying to take back the country.

ARHouston on March 04, 2018:


The Kurth book came out in early 1984 just before Anderson passed away. The DNA results took the stuffings out of Kurth who was utterly gobsmacked.

I would recommend too the phenomenal "Dead Men Do Tell Tales" by the late Dr. William Maples. His chapter on being asked, ASKED by the Russians to assist in the ID of the bodies of the Romanovs is an eye opener. Here was one of the best of the best having to fight for his right to bring in cameras and then having to go up against the Russians who had glopped glue all over the skull of "Maria" trying to refit it to appear as "Anastasia".

Maples also appeared on a television documentary regarding the bodies where he stood firm on Anastasia not being present in the room. He did however believe that likely Alexi and his sister were buried elsewhere.

I would like to see a renewed attempt to lift and compare finger prints from items known to have been handled by Anastasia against known prints for Anderson. I would like to see this done independently without permissions and the assistance of the House of Windsor.

You see, aside from finger prints, there is one other part of us that is utterly unique and never changes thru out our life time: our ears.

The shape of your ear is as a finger print. Anderson's ears where compared twice to that of Anastasia.

They matched.

Let that sink in.

They matched.

HOW is that even possible unless they were one and the same?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 03, 2018:

Oh wow! I may have to order that book, and update this article. It sounds intriguing. As I pointed out, there is a slight possibility that the Russian government may have interrupted the true findings, because it was in their best interest to do so. I don't think we will ever truly know.

ARHouston on March 03, 2018:

I have just started to re read Peter Kurth's "Anastasia". And I have to wonder all over again, unless Anna Anderson was the greatest physic that the world had never know, how on EARTH did she know what she knew. Especially about Uncle Ernie's visit in 1916.

Yes, I know. We're not supposed to talk about this anymore. We're to obey the DNA findings. We're even to look down upon the late, great, Dr. William Maples. Ignore that he practically wrote the book on modern criminal forensics and knew good and well that Anastasia was not in that grave. No, we are to parrot the line that it was Maria who was missing and that Anna Anderson was a Polish peasant because the powers that be said so.

But, how do we know that the items used were those of Anna Anderson? By the '90's, most hospitals were no longer keeping anything beyond seven years. After that, it was either shredder city or chucked into the incinerator. Doesn't it strike anyone else as strange that not only did the hospital have that core sample but also the instruments used in the procedure after almost twenty years!

My goodness, what ARE the chances!

Something stinks in this. Something stinks bad.

That's why I was so glad to find this article, to see that maybe there are yet some whose ability to think outside the permitted lines is still intact.

I thank you for bringing this topic up and I look forward to discussing it further with you.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 03, 2018:

I personally believe that she really believed she was Anastasia. It may have been due to mental illness. I don't think anyone will ever know. on February 03, 2018:

She couldn't even speak Russian - some impostor.

Ella on February 19, 2016:

Anna Anderson was definitely Anasasia - they look exactly the same.

Mimi on January 18, 2016:

I am doing a project called real life mysteries and my subject is Anastasia Romanov. This page really helped! I think that Anna Anderson was Anastasia Romanov because they look very, very similar and Anna knows so much about Anastasia's back story! It just has to be true.

No Name on October 25, 2015:

Well my DNA has the Russians exhuming bodies...guess it's kind of hard to claim they are all dead when I exist...oops...oh and I study Law and I have been dealing with folks trying to kill me...vehicle mishaps so far...

May be those attempting such feats should realize my army is humanity! Yours is a small group of control freaks who cannot control themselves!

WE will see how this works out in Geneva won't we?

Angie hernandez on September 14, 2015:

is the little brother one of the tow children's body is anastasia alive

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 22, 2015:

Those are very good questions!

yooo on April 13, 2015:

one question, if Anna Anderson wasn't Anastasia, then how did she know everything about the royal family? sense media back then is nothing like it is now? how did anna get away with it for so long?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on December 29, 2013:

I actually think I agree with you Sally... :)

sallyloun42 on December 26, 2013:

I do believe anna anderson was anastasia. I think that there was far too much money involved for Russia to be willing to recognize her. Falsifying DNA would not have been difficult if a vast fortune was at stake.John Manahan was a very respected man and he was completely convinced. She never pushed herself or sought the limelight in way.

cool on January 25, 2013:

how many bones where there?

cool on January 25, 2013:

how old are the bones

maryam on December 26, 2012:

what happen to anastasia family all her family die and they found there budey and dident found her bodey were is anastaaia

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 21, 2012:

Very good point. It's sickening isn't it.

liz on May 20, 2012:

What I really want to know is y? And what purposes did they having of killing of 12 ppl. It interests me how any gov. Can get away with murder or conspiracys its amazing how little we know to even to protect our selfs and to prepare for the worst until last min

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 03, 2012:

You know I don't know. I never looked into that. I imagine he was impersonated, but I doubt found.

Person on May 03, 2012:

I have read 3 books about Anastasia and all of them

have different theorys two say yes on, No.

I was wondering if Alexei was found or impersonated?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 03, 2012:

I'm very curious about this as well. Please share.

High Schooler on May 03, 2012:

Just thinking about the Russian government is hiding makes me think what the U.S. is hiding. And i did some research on it and it turns out that our government is based on something called Free Masonry. know im going to find out some more stuff on this wish me luck

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on April 17, 2012:

You are very right. It's hard to know what the Russian government is hiding. I'm sure the US has some of their own secrets. Fortunately, we have more checks and balances to keep us... honest per se.

High Schooler on April 17, 2012:

If you think Russia can keep this a secert i wonder what else there are hiding. and do u think there could still be a living Romanov family and do u think that think could have just burned other family members with the same mtDNA? if they did i guess we will never know will we. and when u write more stuff like this email me at and I would love to talk to you more.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on April 16, 2012:

If I hear more, I'll have to add to this. I find this absolutely fascinating!

High Schooler on April 16, 2012:

this was interisting but i think she is her. and i would love to hear more about this

High Schooler out

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 12, 2012:


liz on March 10, 2012:

Wat really? Wats ur source? How do u know? Sorry I had no internet for a while

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 02, 2012:

Do you have a source, or is it a gut feeling?

Anastasia on February 28, 2012:

Anna Anderson is Anastasia Romanov! The DNA has been proven faulty! Misused!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 26, 2012:

Well, it might be awhile.. But I probably eventually will. Right now, my life has been crazy! But soon things will settle down.

liz on February 26, 2012:

U should ant me know about it. I think it be more interesting if u did it

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 25, 2012:

Your theory is intriguing. I think I smell a new hub. Do you want to write or should I?

liz on February 21, 2012:

Hmm. I think there's way more than we know of this "secrete police" or if they were even a real cop they could've been hired killers for a high payroll. Because burning their bodies? Sounds to me like a set up to me you go threw all that trouble of all killing unless someone close to this family wanted to take power but something went wrong and a conspiracy came to play the lead roll.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 21, 2012:

Well, I don't think killing ever has solved anything, but I guess that's the pacifist in me.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 21, 2012:

Liz, no it did not help much. I don't understand the whole political dynamic in Russia, but your comments have gotten me curious as to if there was any other motivation the secret police had for doing what they did.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 21, 2012:

Liz, I have to say, I do in fact agree with you.

liz on February 20, 2012:

Sorry for some errors my phone does it to me all the time I've read here and there about this family and her grandmas husben wasn't king I think he gave it up for her I think he is from king of speech. Well there was a such of man that stepped down from his thrown not just for one reason but others... anyway I just get so upset about the family's health and how wrong and stupid it was and I really like to know wat have they gained for the sake of their homeland? Was it reply the only way? By killing?

liz on February 20, 2012:

Couldn't the "secret cops" banish them out of their county after stripping tittles? Y kill the children what good did this help their nation? It just give them a bad rep. It is sad for any family to dad injustice like! Couldn't they send the children to there grandma and prison parents for a while? I really get wat you get out of killing a family it didn't help much did it? I think not.

liz on February 20, 2012:

Ok I just want to say this

There still was no point of killing the family because that county still poor low on food ect. The girls helped the poor gave food ect. These ppl are so greasy and still poor!! There was nothing gained killing them they stripped their tittles wat can they do?? There's no need to kill a family they could've asked for funds and help and charitys. They deserve to be a poor country for being so greedy and just evil. And this goes to any country... you may not like wat I say but it is true ones greed to destroy it all.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 19, 2012:

I would love to find out that you are right. Maybe some day we will know for sure.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 19, 2012:

Interesting, I'll have to look that up!

Anastasia Sushko on February 15, 2012:

Folks Anna Anderson is Anastasia Romanov, and it will all be decoded very soon. The DNA evidence was merely contaiminted, if this women was Franiska then how come she never spoke polish but Russian and German? How did she know about the night of the Romanov slaughter, and how come she knew about the jewels sewn inot the Four Grand Duchesses clothes? Only Anastasia Romanov would know all of this!

Lucie Wesson on January 18, 2012:

Anastasia was the grand-daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He was never King Consort of England. I think Anastasia was in fact Great Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 06, 2011:

Vicky, I guess there is more that I need to learn. :)

Vicky on May 28, 2011:

Well..what happened to the Romanowes was terrible but they saw it coming. The country was dying, no food, no money. Instead of "taking care" of his people, Nikolaj dwelled in his superstitions, esoterism, occultism with's just a sad past.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 20, 2011:

Ain't that the truth.

maewallace22 on May 20, 2011:

I like the idea of it to. Perhaps one day the truth will come out. But will we believe it then? When dealing with government there are always questions.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 02, 2011:

Thanks so much!!

Emma from Houston TX on March 02, 2011:

Very good article that will make a good history story.I love it.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 15, 2011:

I think they have, but there were reasons for them to hide the true identity of Anna Anderson, if she truly was a Romanov. The likelihood is very slim, but I really like the idea of it.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on February 15, 2011:

Interesting hub. I thought that they now had all of the Romanov family remains from the forest outside Ekaterinburg, but I suppose that we can never be 100% sure what the media tells us

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 01, 2011:

I know isn't she so incredibly fascinating. I want to read a good book about the family.

kmcmichael from Athens, Georgia on January 31, 2011:

Great hub. The Romanovs have fascinated me since I read a book about Anastasia as a child.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 12, 2011:

I think it would have been neat to hear these details directly from her.

Pollyannalana from US on January 12, 2011:

I have read about her before, very interesting story. Thank you. Polly

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on December 10, 2010:

I really don't know I have actually not heard much about the Polish woman who went missing in the hand grenade factory. I am really curious about that. Do you have anything to reference, so i can do my own research. :)

??? on December 09, 2010:

Who do you think Anna Anderson is the missing Poland woman or Princess Anastasia?

??? on December 09, 2010:

Anna Anderson is not Anastasia, but I think that she was that Pollish woman who went missing from her job in the hand grenade factory (in Poland).

*I did alot of research*

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 27, 2010:

Errol, I don't mind at all. That is my middle name, but I'm a big fan of it. So I use it when writing my name.

I am definitely going to do some exploring. My computer is currently really slow. I might have to search them tomorrow, when things are less busy.

Errol Kane on November 26, 2010:

Hello Michelle,

Nice to meet you. I have a sister whose name is Michelle and I am guessing that is your middle name. I can remember Michelle. Hope you don't mind.

Now, let's see. This was a long time ago When I read this account in the newspaper about the woman supposing to be Anastasia. If I remember correctly, I think she was living in the Ridley Township area, I think that was the same area Bruce Davidson was from who played in the Movie 'Willard or Williard'. You know, about the rat that Michael Jackson sang the titled song to back in '71 or '73, called 'Ben'

You can do a check in the newspaper achieves 'Daily Times' in Pennsylvania. It used to be in my hometown of Chester , Pa and was originally called the 'Chester Times' but changed it's name I think back in the '70's before leaving Chester and moving to either, Folsom or hold it....ok...I was gone for two minutes on the internet. I found something interesting...

Also, my hometown newspaper link...

The Delaware County Daily Times. Hope you come up with something. Much success. Let me know if you do.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 26, 2010:

Thanks! Wow, so did you see her make the appearance, or did you just hear about it? That is actually really neat. I find this so utterly fascinating! I'll have to check out the Ingrid Berman version of the story. You have me intrigued!

Errol Kane on November 25, 2010:

BTW, I voted awesome because it was. Thanks for the story that has always intrigued me.

Errol Kane on November 25, 2010:

I always like the Ingrid Berman version of the story with Yul Bryner. The story has amways fascinated me. I remember in my hometown of Chester, Pa, just outside of Philly, Anna Anderson had made an appearance somewhere in the surrounding area where she was living and the discussion was about her being Annastasia. This may have been a couple of decades ago.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 20, 2010:

Agreed. :)

JohnBarret on November 19, 2010:

Yes, it is really a mystery but sad too

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 17, 2010:

Sadly, Loves to Read, I still think that is true today. It's horrible. And in some ways these things happen on a lesser level in our own countries.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 17, 2010:

I have always found it fascinating since I saw the movie Anastasia. The animated one. I loved the soundtrack, and I never realized the real story behind it until much later. There is so much mystery behind her and her family.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on November 17, 2010:

I agree with you patricia. It was a horrible slaughter, and it would be nice to have at least one happy ending to someone in the family. I'm sure they were not perfect, but they did appear to be a loving family. It's tragic.

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