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Hess Theory Debunked BY DNA

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  1. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Aye right. You'll never convince a conspiracy theorist that they're wrong.
    "Scientists have used DNA analysis to debunk a popular conspiracy theory from the Second World War that claimed deputy fuhrer Rudolph Hess evaded justice.
    Hess was captured by 1941 in Scotland after parachuting into the UK before he was tried at Nuremberg and later imprisoned at Berlin's Spandau prison.
    He died there in 1987 after becoming the last remaining prisoner and taking his own life.
    But a conspiracy theory suggested that a doppelganger had taken his place and it was in fact an impostor who died in the jail.
    British doctor Hugh Thomas worked at the prison and insisted the man claiming to be Hess did not have the correct scars.
    His claims sparked four government investigations which yielded inconclusive results.
    DNA analysis of a long-lost blood sample has now proven the person who died in prison was Hess with 99 per cent certainty.
    An Austrian DNA expert and a retired US doctor joined forces to track down a surviving blood sample and compared it to DNA from a known surviving relative.
    The final results show there to be only a one per cent chance the remains belonged to someone other than Hess. "
    www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6620151/Hitlers-deputy-NOT-switched-doppelganger.html
     
  2. Takao

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    I thought the conspiracy theory was that Hess did not commit suicide, but was murdered.
     
  3. ColHessler

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    I recall this from Unsolved Mysteries with Robert Stack. Himmler put someone in Hess' place in the plane ride to Scotland.

    Also, there's the belief that an American MP strangled Hess to keep him from getting out of Spandau.
     
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    Oh Hell, there's more than one theory?! :eek:
     
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    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    There's at least 3 that I know of....
     
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    What would be the motivation for the actors in any of these theories? It's not enough to say "maybe somebody did something", you have to identify what they had to gain.
     
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    With Himmler, the idea was that if Hess' mission were succeeding, he could step in and take the credit.
     
  8. von Poop

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    What got me about this story was 'this did not need proving'...

    Now cue the loons coming up with yet more theories based on this testing.
    Much 'Aha, but!' & 'You don't understand, you sheep!' & so on & so forth.

    Hess was a nutter.
    (Lovely quote stays with me from Jean-Denis Lepage's 'Hitler's Stormtroopers': "The eccentric Rudolph Hess, Hitler's designated successor, was so deranged that even his fellow Nazi leaders noticed".)
    He flew to the UK (the nutter) .
    Crashed.
    Was interrogated & banged up.
    Died at Spandau.
    So mad that any and all motivations for the flight evade logic & sense.
    End.
     
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    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Beat me to it.
     
  10. RichTO90

    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    Lloyd Christmas:
    What are the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me... ending up together?

    Mary Swanson:
    Not good.

    Lloyd Christmas:
    Not good like one in a hundred?

    Mary Swanson:
    I'd say more like one in a million.

    Lloyd Christmas:
    So you're telling me there's a chance?

    Dumb & Dumber, 1994
     
  11. KJ Jr

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    I think that sums it up rather nicely
     

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