Murder is a real, albeit terrible, opportunity to achieve its goal. But often the criminal himself is caught. But does the fate and life of another person stop those who dream of changing the destiny of the world? It’s no wonder that politicians of different levels are constantly at the behest of maniacs, terrorists, and even simply angry compatriots.
But special services do not doze, constantly revealing and catching those who conceived an attempt. Unfortunately, everything can not be envisaged – politicians continue to pay their lives for their principles. The very assassination attempts, successful and not very, do not just get a lot of publicity, but when examined in detail, they turn out to be strange, unusual and even somewhat comical. Let’s talk more about such funny cases of hunting politicians.
This dictator can argue by the degree of his evil influence on the history of mankind with any tyrant in history. And although Hitler was able to rally the nation, even during his lifetime, many did not like him. It is no accident that the German Fuhrer survived as many as 42 attempts on his life, eventually becoming even invulnerable. The most unusual case occurred in 1938. Georg Elzer was a turner, a carpenter, a former communist, a lover of music playing the double bass. By the time of the organization of the assassination, it was a well-to-do bourgeois who worked at the plant. But Elzer believed that Hitler oppresses the working class and leads the country into a new war. As a result, the worker decided to kill the dictator. Elzer learned that Hitler annually visits the beer “Burgerbroekeller” in Munich, where an annual celebration of the arrival of the fascists to power. Elzer visited there and made sure that Hitler really comes to the institution on November 8. Half a year the worker steals a little at the production of explosives, creating a bomb. But the attempt to get a job in the beer shop failed, after which Elzer continued to replenish his deadly reserves. Soon the terrorist moved to Munich and began to spend every dinner in the coveted cafe. Every day before closing, Elzer hid in a cafe, waited until the servant left and at night hollowed a groove in a wooden column. The terrorist was very patient and worked like this for three months. A powerful hour-long bomb was ready and set up on 21-20 November 8. Did not consider Elser one – it was this year that Hitler refused to attend the festival. Yes, and the worker himself was detained while trying to hastily leave for the country. Alzer looked suspiciously Elser. An exploding bomb killed six Nazis, and the most unsuccessful terrorist in his pocket found a postcard with the image of the very beer. And although Elzer did not admit his participation, his guilt was proved. The terrorist, surprisingly, was not shot, but decided to save for a triumphal trial in captured London. When it became clear that this is a utopia, they simply forgot about the poor man. Elzer spent six years in the camps and was shot in April 1945, when the fascists destroyed the concentration camp in Dachau.
It’s easy to kill with explosives, but it must be cleverly hidden first. For this, various tricks were used. For example, repeatedly the politicians tried to blow up using a bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers. But in all of them, Abdullah al-Aziri, who was the younger brother of Al-Qaeda’s main demolitionist in Arabia, surpassed all in August 2009. The terrorist realized that it would be very difficult for him to overcome the protection of the prince of Saudi Arabia. Then he decided to blow up his enemy with a bomb placed in his own anus. The result was sad and curious at the same time. The politician himself was only slightly injured, but Abdullah was literally smashed into pieces. Apparently, in such an unusual place the bomb behaved unpredictably.
For most of us, the name of this Swiss remains unknown, but in his country he is almost a national hero, a symbol of independence of the state from external claims.But the hero Jenach became later, thanks to romantic stories. Most likely, he just fought for power. At the same time, Jenach did not hesitate to torture his enemies, personally killing them with an ax, regardless of the protests of the priests. And although initially the “hero” was an ardent Protestant, this did not prevent him from eventually accepting the side of Catholics. Not surprisingly, the personality of the politician was so ambiguous that he literally asked for murder. But in Switzerland, which supplied mercenaries throughout medieval Europe, this was not a problem. That’s why the death of George Jenacs did not surprise anyone, the only unexpected thing was that a man in a bear suit killed him. And there was an attempt at the city carnival. This holiday in the Middle Ages killed a lot, because the identity of the offender is difficult to establish. Jenac decided to rest by ordering a separate room in one of the taverns. In the midst of the fun, a group of masked men knocked at the door, and with them there was also a huge masked bear. In the hands of the arrivals there were weapons, and under the skin of the bear one could also guess the ax. The guests asked Yenach for permission to sit with him. Unexpectedly, he agreed. Then the bear held out a paw for the owner to shake hands. When Jenač gave a hand in response, he was shot in the stomach by a gun hidden in his sleeve. And then the whole company snatched the swords and began to cut and stab. The Swiss hero, even the wounded, fought back from the enemies for a long time with a candelabrum, eventually becoming the first victim of a bear with an ax and a pistol.
Today, Lenin certainly looks like the leader of a young new Russia. And in 1917-1918 the most influential party leader was Lev Trotsky. It is the inner-party struggle for power that explains the most famous attempt on Lenin’s life. After all, right after the revolution, the course of the Bolsheviks was not to everyone’s liking, among them was the Social-Revolutionary Fanny Kaplan. This attempt still leaves a lot of questions, because it allowed you to quickly punish the guilty, not particularly understanding. There are still furious quarrels, Kaplan fired, whether she was an eser. But this plan looks rather strange – the assassination was entrusted to a half-blind woman, who also had to shoot out of the crowd of workers, Lenin’s supporters. But Kaplan’s practical experience of terrorism was limited to an unsuccessful attempt on the governor-general in 1906. Then the bomb exploded at the time of the arrest of the revolutionary, which led to her blindness. According to the official version, two of Kaplan’s three bullets hit Lenin – one in the neck, the other in the hand. Even wrote that the insidious terrorist even poisoned the bullets with poison, but this can not be proved. Fanny Kaplan immediately surrendered, did not admit anything and quickly disappeared. It is not even known whether they shot it or burned it in an iron barrel. But Lenin after the assassination surprisingly quickly recovered and immediately proceeded to retaliate against political opponents, proclaiming the “red terror”.
This woman went down in history as Nero’s mother. At the very beginning of our era, the Roman Empire was torn by the clans in the struggle for power. To know intermittent orgy with wars and marriage by calculation. So the 16-year-old Nero, when he became the emperor, first of all thought about the murder of his own mother. Agrippina was the cunning and domineering sister of Emperor Caligula, whose murder, by the way, was implicated. Nero’s mother retained considerable influence, so the young emperor strove to get rid of it in the guise of an accident. At first, the old good poison was tried. But three attempts failed, because the experienced intriguer had plenty to eat antidotes. But Nero decided not to back down. He was a rather eccentric ruler, his murder plans became so sophisticated that it even looked ridiculous. So Nero ordered to create a clever mechanism, which was to bring down the ceiling of Agrippina’s bedroom on the first one who would lie on the bed. Only here in the old Roman tradition, the hostess’s bed is always warmed in advance by a slave.Then the emperor came up with another ridiculous and sophisticated weapon of murder – a self-destructing ship. Nero invited his mother to a celebration and ordered her boat to be secretly damaged, so Agrippina had to agree to return on her son’s gift. And then Nero did not change himself – the ship also had a falling ceiling, stuffed with lead. It was understood that a woman, if not crushed, so drown. And again the expected finale – the ceiling killed everyone, except Agrippina and her maid. After all, the ship was a strong bed with a high back. Yes, and the sliding bottom of the ship refused to open under the pressure of water. It came to that the sailors manually began to rock the boat, dropping the same women into the water. But Agrippina just swam to the shore, the benefit was in the past a diver. Nero realized that he would not succeed in creatively killing his mother and simply ordered her to be slaughtered in her bed. On the night of the murder, Nero burned his mother’s body, and the Senate openly congratulated the emperor on getting rid of the enemy. But the image of Agrippina began to pursue the murderer at night, he even hired Persian magicians to calm his conscience.
It is a cult for China emperor. Even his own name is rather meaningful and translates as “the first emperor from the Qin Dynasty”. True, she was in power only 15 years, 11 of which fell on the very founder. But Qin Shihuandi became the one who first unified China and created a single country with a central management system, laws. This emperor built the Great Wall of China, as well as a three-lane road network with a total length of 7,500 kilometers. The central band was intended exclusively for the emperor. He was buried in a giant top-secret tomb surrounded by the Terracotta Army. However, unification of China meant a strict suppression of all the discontented. No wonder there were many who wanted to kill the emperor. One of them, the former aristocrat Gao Tznja-Li managed to escape after an unsuccessful attempt to assassination. He hid, at first he was a seller of wine, and then mastered the art of playing the lute. And it turned out that the conspirator had good musical abilities. The glory of this lyutnist spread throughout the empire. A well-known musician was even invited to play by Qin Shihuandi himself. It is not known what the terrorist expected at all, because he was immediately recognized. However, touched by the play of Gao, the emperor decided to pardon him, but ordered to put out both eyes. But the musician was taken to the service in the palace. Over time, the emperor became attached to the old enemy and even began to trust him. Lutnist was allowed to visit Qin Shihuandi in person, without protection and play a couple of steps away from him. Then Gao had a vengeance plan. He did not invent anything sophisticated, just put a couple of pieces of lead in his lute and went to kill the emperor. Approaching him closer, the lute player swung and struck the place where Shihuandi was supposed to be sitting. However, Gao did not consider that the lute is a bad weapon, and his blindness is clearly not an ally. After all, not so long ago the ruler was able to personally kill a sighted killer. The unlucky blind terrorist was captured and executed quickly, and the emperor, as they say, was finally disillusioned with people.
This Nazi leader is notorious. After all, he headed the imperial security service, standing behind the creation of death camps. Heydrich was not loved, even close friends called him a “goat” for his thin voice and elongated face. Even in the name of the operation to destroy Heydrich there was hatred. According to the plan “Anthropoid” it was supposed to shoot the fascist in his car without any frills. After Heydrich preferred to dispense with security and traveled in occupied Prague with only one driver. The Czech resistance together with the British organized an attempt, the plan seemed simple and successful. But for its implementation, two brave, but ordinary soldiers, who had been trained in a hurry, were chosen. Yak Kubish and Josef Gabčik managed to turn the murder into a real circus number. They took a submachine gun, a pair of pistols and a bomb.Soon the accomplice signaled the approach of the “Mercedes” Nazi. When the car slowed down next to the terrorists, Gabchik snatched the machine gun and found that its mechanism was clogged with grass! He collected it for his rabbits and for some reason put in the same place, where the dismantled weapons. Both the Czechs and Heydrich fell into a stupor. Then the fascist came to his senses, but instead of quickly leaving, he grabbed his gun, aimed at Gabchik and found that the Walter was not loaded! The situation tried to fix Kubish, who took out a bomb and threw it into the car. However, the terrorist managed to miss, and the bomb only slightly touched the rear wing. As a result of the explosion, not only Heydrich suffered, but also Kubish himself, to whom the splinters hit the head. At that moment, the Germans came to their senses, but instead of leaving, they pursued the attackers. And this despite the fact that the fascists had no weapons! Kubish jumped on a hidden bicycle and rolled off the hill. The driver chased the Czech and even caught up with him at the bakery. But there Gabchik remembered that he had a gun, shot a driver and also fled. As a result of such a ridiculous attempt, Heydrich remained bleeding with his driver. Czech drivers, however, were not eager to help the SS. It was only when the police stopped the truck that they managed to bring the wounded Nazi to the nearest hospital. But time has passed too much, and the thunderstorm of Jews died in the hospital. Kubish and Gabchik were unable to survive the war, they died in battle, being issued by their own participants in the resistance.
Safe assassination attempt.
Sometimes attacks on the life and freedom of politicians can look very harmless. This is what happened with the 30-year-old father of four children, Michael Fagan. He managed to unhindered twice to enter Buckingham Palace, that is, in fact, home to the Queen of England. First he got inside with a drainpipe. But the maid noticed the insolent maid. After the guards did not find anyone, everyone decided that the alarm was false. And Fagan climbed into the palace through the attic and walked aimlessly around the royal dwelling. The perpetrator sat on the throne, tried various dishes and even looked through the presents that Princess Diana had prepared for her son William. Then Fagan became banally bored, and he went home. Surprisingly, all the security detectors that could detect the intruder turned out to be broken. In his next visit, the Englishman came across a working detector, but the guards found that the alarm had failed, and just turned it off! Drunk already a criminal not only broke a glass tray, but also went into the bedroom to the queen. She began to call the police, which never arrived. As a result, Fagan asked the maid of cigarettes, received them, and began to wait for his arrest. And this was done not by the guard service, but by the unarmed servant. The guard at that moment was walking the doggie of the queen and he was not in the palace. As a result of such amazing adventures, Fagan was accused of stealing a bottle of wine (the charge was later dropped) and sentenced to half a year of psychiatric supervision. And in England itself there was a new law, according to which getting into the royal palace from now on is punishable criminally. Luis Carrero Blanco.
This politician was to rule Spain after the famous dictator Francisco Franco. Initially, the fascist leader managed to maintain relations with the West and the Soviet Union after the end of the war. Franco gave his successor to Spain as a completely European state. But Blanco did not have time to rule – he was decided to kill the Basque militants from the ETA organization even during Franco’s lifetime. Perhaps, they intended then to aim at other leaders of the country. But as a result of such an assassination, the country was ruled by King Juan Carlos I. In 1973, four activists from ETA decided to kill Blanco, then Prime Minister. This plan was called “The Cannibal” and, according to the degree of his madness, could compete with the projects of Nero. Terrorists spent a year preparing for training.During this time, they acquired a bunch of useless weapons, experienced many adventures, managed to fail several robberies and generally made quite a few that had nothing to do with the original plan. Basques near the street, on which the politician often went to church, removed the basement. At the same time, they pretended to be a student-sculptor. After that, the terrorists began to dig a tunnel under the street, without bothering to study how it is generally done. Immediately it was discovered that the pickaxes brought from the village were too big for them to be able to wave underground. Soon one of the diggers declared that he had claustrophobia. And how did he plan to dig the tunnel with her? In the underground tunnel, walls and ceilings began to crumble and creep. In addition, strange gases and sinks appeared in the tunnel. It’s good that one of the terrorists understood the absurdity of unprepared works and acquired work in the bookstore to lay tunnels. And although the techniques described there were not entirely suitable for such small digging, Basques managed to at least stop the landslides. That’s only in the book nothing was said about the regular poisoning with gases. But the difficulties did not stop the brave men, and a week later they finished the digging. Strangely enough, but so ridiculously prepared attempt was crowned with loud success. When Blanco’s car was driving over the tunnel, the terrorists disguised as electricians fired a detonator of a heap of explosives hidden underground. The explosion turned out to be so powerful that the politician’s car flew five floors up. The car flew over the roof of the church, from which Blanco came back, and landed on the terrace on the other side. The Prime Minister, along with his chauffeur, died instantly. Spain has headed for a constitutional monarchy, and the Basques still are trying to get independence by all means.
America is very afraid of the red communist infection. That is why the appearance right next to her proud little Cuba became a challenge. It is no accident that the US special services repeatedly made efforts to kill the leader of the Communist country, Fidel Castro. Apparently, all attempts failed, and the determined politician retained his power. Fidel’s talents deserve respect, if only to find out how many attempts were planned on him. The British even made a documentary film “638 Ways to Kill Castro”. This suggests that, on average, over half a century, the Cuban leader was tried to kill once a month. He was able to survive 15 times more attacks than Hitler himself. For example, almost the most famous plan envisaged killing a comandante with an exploding cigar. In 1966, a CIA agent, disguised as a New York policeman, tried to treat her to Castro during his visit to the UN. But the cautious Cuban was on the alert. Another time it was decided to use the leader’s love for diving. To shoot Castro out of underwater weapons or cut him a hose with oxygen – it’s easy. That is why the CIA decided to give the Cuban a special suit, infected with a deadly fungus. And after the failure, a whole batch of mussels was purchased and packed with explosives. Other attempts were connected with an attempt to hand Castro a ballpoint pen with a poisonous needle and a handkerchief with deadly bacteria again. As a result, the Americans were so lost in the attempts to kill the commandant that they began to plan at least to deprive him of his famous beard. But Castro is still alive, and his beard is with him. And let the Cuban people not the happiest and fullest, the leader remains an idol of the left from around the world. Castro himself not so long ago said that he was extremely surprised that he lived to 87 years old, having managed to bury many friends and enemies.
Murder of Grigoris Lambrakis.
This story occurred in the early 1960s, when Greece had an extremely right-wing government. But the authorities had an influential opponent. The doctor, an ardent champion of the world and athlete Grigoris Lambrakis led an active political activity, putting the authorities, the military and the police permanently in an uncomfortable position.As a result, it was decided to remove such an active enemy. But Lambrakis was very popular, so killing a pet was dangerous. As a result, a couple of ultra-right terrorists agreed to commit an attempt. On the day they were armed with a wooden truncheon, sat on a tricycles scooter and went to the square where the politician made a speech against the military. The plan of the assassination was very simple. It was supposed to leave the transport on the road and during the performance to approach Lambrakis from behind and to hit him with a club in sight and all. Actually, it happened. But only the murderers did not fully consider the withdrawal in their simple plan. Although the police did nothing to stop the criminals, their tracings were so unusual that a whole bunch of spectators immediately remembered it. Political supporters rushed to the transport and pulled out of there naive killers. Then the police arrived, which arrested the conspirators. They were condemned and forgotten about them. But about the poor Lambrakis, even a film, nominated for an Oscar, was shot.
The murder of Lincoln.
This attempt was a real ode to the foolishness of terrorists. April 14, 1865 John Wilks Booth, actor and secret agent of the Confederation, shot at Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theater. That night it was planned to kill not only the President, but also Secretary of State William Seward, as well as Vice President Andrew Johnson. But the plans initially failed – the Secretary of State resisted, and the killer Johnson simply got drunk and failed his part of the assignment. The plan was only to kill Lincoln. When the hall laughed at the most ridiculous scene of the comedy “My American Cousin” Booth entered the politician’s box and fired. At the same time, the noise of laughter drowned out the pistol. But then the problems started. Booth himself wanted to go unnoticed, but then a guest entered into Lincoln’s box, Major Rathbone. The killer, escaping, simply jumped from the balcony into the auditorium. This leap was unsuccessful, Booth not only received scratches, but also broke his leg. But, being an actor, he stood up in a spectacular pose and declared loudly in Latin: “This is the fate of tyrants!”. After that, Booth, as far as possible with a broken leg, tried to walk up to the exit with dignity. Strangely enough, he managed to escape and hide for as long as 12 days. But on April 26 the murderer was found in the barn, where he was hiding with his friend. It was necessary to set fire to the building, so that Booth left. He was shot, mortally wounded in the neck. The last words of Lincoln’s murderer were: “Tell my mother that I died fighting for my Motherland.”