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On this day: The enigmatic death of the Deputy Führer

The death of Rudolf Hess is probably one of the greatest mysteries in history. Officially Hitler’s deputy, imprisoned for decades in Spandau Prison situated in Berlin, was only left alone for a short time; but it was enough for the 93-year-old man to hang himself using an electric cable on August 17, 1987. Although autopsy verified that Hess really committed suicide, many suspect British agents of murdering the high-ranking Nazi official.

Many believe that the British were eager to prevent the release of Hess at all cost. Advocates of the theory claim that the devoted Nazi, who was captured after bailing out of his plane over Britain while on a mission in May 1941, could have gone public with information deemed sensitive for Great Britain; such as a putsch against British leader Winston Churchill.

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