Near the final days of World War II when the Russians were surrounding Berlin, Hitler and his wife went down to their underground bunker and killed themselves. At least that is what his guards have said. They said they heard the shot and opened the door to find Hitler lying bloody and dead on the couch, and his wife next to him, poisoned to death.
The guards said they then took the body of Hitler outside and burned it then buried it. Apparently, Hitler did not want his lifeless body on display like Mussolini’s corpse had been.
MysteryQuest takes up the challenge of finding clues of Hitler’s death. There has been speculation that he escaped and might have gone to South America. Other people have said they had seen him around other parts of Germany. Whatever the stories, there is no evidence of a dead body belonging to Adolph Hitler.
Hitler Used a Body Double
Hitler used a double, especially after the close attempt on his life in the Valkyrie incident. What the Russians found when they arrived in Berlin, was the dead body of a man looking like Hitler, but in all accounts was his double. This man was apparently two inches shorter than Adolph Hitler.
Extracting DNA from Blood and Skull Fragments
In the Russian archived they have a couch with blood stains and a piece of a skull with a bullet hole in it. MysteryQuest sent an American archeologist to Russia to get evidence from these items and bring it back to the United States to see if there was any DNA that could be found in the blood or the burned skull.
In the meantime, in Germany they were reconstructing the bunker via computers, trying to figure out if the eye-witness accounts were plausible. The underground bunkers had engines running and those engines might have been loud enough to drown out a gun shot. What they discovered was an actual engine that was there at the time and still running, so they were lucky and were able to hear exactly how loud the noise was at the time Hitler apparently committed suicide.
What the investigators from MysteryQuest uncovered for this show is fascinating. Using modern science they were able to piece together some of the puzzle surrounding Adolph Hitler. It is a surprising and interesting story.
The one hour MysteryQuest: Hitler’s Escape premiers Wednesday, September 16, 2009 on History Channel. It is rated TV-PG