The fake Anastasia
Back in 1918, the Bolshevik Revolutionaries executed the last standing members of the Romanov dynasty: Tsar Nicholas II, his empress, and their five children. However, rumors started to spread that the couple’s youngest daughter, Anastasia, managed to escape.
Out of all the impostors that tried to exploit this rumor, there’s one that has gone down in history as the greatest con artist ever – Anna Anderson. After a failed suicide attempt, a mute Anderson family member was discovered in a German canal with no ID whatsoever.
The authorities then there her into an asylum, where everyone believed she looked just like Anastasia. While lots of former Romanov aides and relatives had immense doubts about her legitimacy, she still had many supporters who believed she was the duchess.