Most people have probably heard by now that Russian authorities in Yekaterinburg(that's in western Siberia)have found what they believe to be the remains of the two children missing from the martyred Russian royal family. They were all murdered the night of July l7-l8 in the basement of the Ipatiev house in Yekaterinburg, which was until recently known as Sverdlovsk, named for the man who authorized their murder(!).
For years, there were rumors about the fate of the two missing children, Anastasia and Aleksei, the heir to the throne. One woman in America went to her grave proclaiming that she was Anastasia. In fact, though, they could not have escaped--all the murderers described in grisly detail what they did to the bodies. The only question was the whereabouts of the two that investigators did not find with the others.
This discovery should bring closure to one of my candidates for THE crime of the last century. It was a little preview of what was to come for the Soviet Union at large.