One of the more romanticized hoaxes of the 20th Century was that of Anastasia Romanov. Basically, for those who are unfamiliar (and don’t want to click on the link), there were numerous women who claimed to be Tsar Nicholas II’s youngest daughter. While their versions of survival differ, all basically rested on the fact that most folks in that basement besides the Romanovs either died shortly thereafter or didn’t want to cop to having helped massacre a bunch of kids. (Rule Bolshevik: Make sure you get EVERYBODY in the line of succession if you’re going to hit the Regicide button.)
One sign of how pervasive and popular the tale was Disney made a movie about it in 1997. I was only recently exposed to the villain’s song from it. I, of course, immediately set about finding a heavy metal version…and found Jonathan Young again. Who, as with last week’s post, once again found a way to make a villain seem far more sinister and creepy than the original.