"Hey Jeff, you old Rasputin you."
"Gregory Yefimovich Rasputin, the son of a Russian peasant, was born in Pokrovskoye, Siberia, in 1872. Although he briefly attended school he failed to learn how to read or write.
Rasputin entered the Verkhoture Monastery but decided against becoming a monk. He returned to Pokrovskoye and at the age of 19 married Proskovia Fyodorovna. Over the next few years the couple had four children.
Rasputin eventually left home and traveled to Greece and the Middle East. He claimed he had special powers that enabled him to heal the sick and lived off the donations of people he helped. Rasputin also made money as a fortune teller.
Soon after arriving in St. Petersburg in 1903, Rasputin met Hermogen, the Bishop of Saratov. He was impressed by Rasputin's healing powers and introduced him to Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra Fedorovna. The Tsar's only son, Alexis, suffered from hemophilia (a disease whereby the blood does not clot if a wound occurs). When Alexis was taken seriously ill in 1908, Rasputin was called to the royal palace. He managed to stop the bleeding and from then on he became a member of the royal entourage.
In September, 1915, Nicholas II assumed supreme command of the Russian Army fighting on the Eastern Front. As he spent most of his time at GHQ, Alexandra Fedorovna now took responsibility for domestic policy. Rasputin served as her adviser and over the next few months she dism...
He supposedly had some sort of healing powers, with which he healed the Tsar's son of hemophilia. He then developed a significant influence in the Russian empire's government through the Tsar's wife. Some other guys didn't like that, so they decided to kill him.
First, they fed him cyanide via some wine and cake. Keep in mind, this cyanide was enough to kill five men. He just stood up and walked away from it. One of the men then panicked and shot him. He still wasn't dead. So then, the entire party takes clubs and whatever blunt weapons they could find and begin beating him with these. Once beaten into submission, Rasputin was thrown into a river. When his body was recovered, the cause of death was deemed to be drowning.
Something that is not part of the story but is also fact is that, after Rasputin was buried, people exumed his body and tried to cremate him. His form appeared to sit up in the flames. However, there is a scientific explanation for this.
Overall, he was a guy that was very well-endowed, historically the hardest man to kill, and there was some disco song that somebody wrote about him.