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The remains of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s one-time deputy were exhumed from his grave in the middle of the night and sprinkled into an unknown lake. Hess committed suicide back in 1987, after spending 46 years in prison. While Hess had already spent 23 years at his past burial site, the Lutheran Church no longer wished to continue the lease on the deputy’s plot.
Reasoning behind the discontinuation was due to the plot turning into a shrine for Neo-Nazis, said the Lutheran church. It had become a place for people to visit and use the Nazi salute. Hess’ death date had become a reason for a Neo-Nazi march, even though all related acts had been banned six years prior.
The family’s cooperation with Hess being removed is uncertain. While the family eventually agreed and made arrangements for Hess to be exhumed, Mail Online claims one of his granddaughters went to extremes trying to file a lawsuit against the church.
Hess was originally imprisoned by Hitler due to a conspiracy theory. During the Nuremberg Trials he was pardoned for crimes against humanity and war crimes, but was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against peace, and conspiracy to commit crimes against peace.
While some people have claimed conspiracy theories surrounding his death, it is widely known that Hess hung himself with an electrical cord.