(Czar Nicholas II, from left, daughters Olga, Maria, wife Alexandra, children Anastasia, Alexei and Tatiana in 1917.)
Because my next novel (probably) takes place shortly after WWI, a tweet by editor Sarah Weinman (@saraw) drew my attention this morning. CNN reports that DNA tests prove all of Czar Nicholas' family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918 during the Russian Revolution.
Nicholas II was the last emeror of Russia during a gorgeous and turbulent time. The Romanovs are fascinating anyway, and the mystery about whether the Czar's son Alexei or his daughter Maria actually escaped asassination made the story that much more compelling.
Sigh. Some of the romance and mystery are gone. On the bright side, it's thoroughly satisfying when real-life mysteries are conclusively solved.
Now if someone would just figure out what happened to Amelia Earhart, I'd be happy.
Anyone else? What are your favorite real-life unsolved mysteries?