Even as a young child, Rasputin was rumored to possess supernatural powers. He could (supposedly) point out horse thieves to his father, and was able to send people into a hypnotic trance. He became a religious mystic, and it was while he was wandering through the Russian forests that he heard about the Tsarevich Alexei falling ill. Rasputin managed to track him down and was able to use his “healing powers” to reverse the child’s condition. More than likely, he just used aspirin (which was new at the time), but the Tsarista was amazed by the boy’s recovery and declared Rasputin a holy man.
Rasputin quickly gained influence over the royal court, much to the consternation of the other nobles. He was able to choose candidates for government office and help shape public policy for the masses. Rumors also surfaced of immoral activities, including sorcery and sexual promiscuity. Rasputin appeared to follow a set of religious teachings which stated that redemption is only possible after yielding to temptation, so one might as well yield to said temptation as much as possible. The Tsarista paid these stories no heed, and as time went on he became her most trusted advisor.
On December 16, 1916, the nobles had had enough. They decided to kill the mad monk, but this turned out to be a far more difficult task than they ever anticipated. First they attempted to poison him by lacing his dinner meal with cyanide, but Rasputin merely shrugged off the effect despite the fact it was enough to drop an elephant in its tracks. A man named Felix Yusopov then grabbed a revolver and shot Rasputin through the back, which seemingly killed him, but it turned out that mesmerist was merely faking. He strangled his attacker and attempted to flee the scene.
The other conspirators quickly chased behind and shot him three more times, which once again appeared to do the trick. Rasputin finally collapsed, and they wrapped the body in a tarp and threw it in a nearby river. When his corpse was recovered three days later, though, the cause of death was revealed to be hypothermia (water was found in his lungs as well). It had taken a deadly poisoning, four bullet wounds, and the cold embrace of an icy river to finally kill the man; perhaps there was something to the teachings of the Russian mystics, after all.