The Murder of Tsar Nichols II and His Family 1918
The Project: I am assisting a long-time friend with this project. In addition to having a very successful fifty-year legal career, he has had a lifelong fascination for what exactly happened to the Tsar and his family in July 1918 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. There are several accounts on what transpired; historians have not agreed on an accepted timeline of events. Yakov Yurovsky, in charge of the execution, maintained that in the early hours of July 17, 1918, the royal family was awakened around 2:00 am, told to dress, and led down into a half-basement room at the back of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia, with the explanation that anti-Bolshevik forces were approaching Yekaterinburg.
Present with Nicholas, Alexandra and their children were their doctor and three of their servants, who had voluntarily chosen to remain with the family, including the Tsar’s personal physician, his wife’s maid, the family’s chef and a footman. A firing squad had been assembled and was waiting in an adjoining room, composed of seven Communist soldiers from Central Europe, and three local Bolsheviks, all under the command of Bolshevik officer, Yakov Yurovsky. After the family had been assembled, the executioners filed into the room. The executioners drew revolvers and the shooting began. Nicholas supposedly was the first to die; Yurovsky shot him multiple times in the chest. Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria reportedly survived the first hail of bullets, but were stabbed with bayonets and then shot at close range in the head.
That is probably not what happened. After decades of research, my friend used architectural analysis to determine that the murder room was not wide enough to allow for the Bolshevik version of events. Enlisting a state police forensic handwriting expert, he has concluding that the last entry of the Tsarina into her diary was probably done later by another person, thus putting the accepted timeline into question. Finally, he has discovered the fascinating career of an American Army military intelligence officer, Major Homer H. Slaughter. His research indicates that:
Major Slaughter may have been at the Ipatiev House on the day of the execution!
Homer Slaughter later received a promotion to Colonel and in the 1930s was the chief of Army Intelligence for the Far East. A master of many languages, an expert map-maker, with probably a photographic memory, Homer Slaughter was America’s “James Bond” without the glitz or pretension. During his career, he intercepted a proposed treaty between Japan and Russia, appeared throughout Asia in the most dangerous places and face great dangers. Once, in Harbin, China, he was being followed by a Japanese secret service agent. Slipping away to his Chinese contact, he informed him of the problem. The next morning, Homer heard a knock on his hotel door, but when he opened the door, no one was there — only a medium sized box. He took the box into the room and opened it. Inside was the head of the agent who had been following him! In true Slaughter style, Homer closed the box, dressed and took the closed box downstairs to the hotel concierge with instructions to deliver the box to the Japanese consulate!
We Need Your Help: Research on this project is almost complete, but once again I need your assistance on the following:
- Scanned photo of any piece of china dining service used in the Ipatiev House when the Tsar and his family were there.
- Any unpublished photographs of the interior or exterior of the Ipatiev House (scanned.)
- Any information concerning Major Homer H. Slaughter in Russia in 1918. This especially includes any copy of the official report he submitted to the War Department concerning the death of Tsar Nicholas II. The title page of this report is in his Army personnel file at the National Archives but the report is missing.