Press the Historian Bruno Roy-Henry
The DNA and the death mask of Napoleon
Following research Bruno Roy-Henry (cf. Enigma of Exhumed 1840, Chapter III on "the story of the Death Mask", published in September 2000, Ed. Archipel), Prof. Eric Hickey , a criminologist at the California judicial Studies University had conducted in 2009 a study on the "death mask of Napoleon" baptize Mask Rusi, the American owner who allowed him to examine the relic. He had observed including the presence of three hairs. These hairs, it was stated that it should be investigated whether they had retained a bulb in good condition, which would carry out a complete DNA analysis from these bulbs.
Because the hair in question may well reveal the DNA of Napoleon Bonaparte, previously determined by the previous work of Prof. Lucotte. On the advice of Bruno Roy-Henry, the owner has entrusted to a new team of researchers to search for the relic will include the famous DNA.
The authenticity of this mask, defended by journalist Georges Rétif and by historian Bruno Roy-Henry, could be assessed so far by anthropometric comparisons between said mask and photographs of the natural descendants of Napoleon or members his family. It was, however, recognized by experts in the field and at the Paris Army Museum who preferred it the official death mask, called "Antommarchi", named after the last doctor Napoleon to St. Helena, supposed have realized with Dr. Burton.
The mask was suffering Rusi effect of poor traceability. Bought at an English antiquarian (William Reeves) by the English millionaire Charles Alder in 1930, this mask was then sold August 5, 1939 at the Royal United Service Museum, Museum which depended on the prestigious British Royal United Service Institute. This sale is concluded on the eve of World War II, she was just commented and had gone unnoticed in France.
Post-war, the baron Eugene Veauce who had rediscovered and became known in France. The writer, supported by the expertise of Jacques Jousset, then curator at the Army Museum, concluded that the mask, although a flawless execution, was not that of Napoleon. Since then, despite the efforts of Bruno Roy-Henry (especially in August 2007), official circles agreed to deny any authenticity Rusi mask.
The assessment carried out by researchers and DNA analysis from hair found on the mask Rusi definitively decide the issue. If the test is positive, it will be possible to assert that the mask does indeed reflect the authentic elements of the Emperor Napoleon on his deathbed. It is hoped that experts and scholars then will shoot quickly and permanently lessons from this revelation.
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