#14 A Thin File: Empress Elisabeth Of Austria (10 September 1898)
In the time of her trip to Geneva, Switzerland, Empress Elisabeth of Austria was assassinated by an Italian anarchist; Luigi Lucheni. Lucheni stabbed the Empress with a sharpened needle file, inserted into a wooden handle, that was about 100mm in length.
The thin file pierced one of the Empress’ lungs and pericardium. Due to the thinness and acute sharpness of the file, the wound was very narrow and as a result of the additional pressure from Elisabeth’s incredibly tight corseting, which was actually stitched onto her, she had no idea what had just happened.
It is apparent that she thought a passerby simply hit her, but a few moments after Lucheni’s strike she collapsed. Whilst being attended to she was said to be going in and out of consciousness; however, the attempts to help her came to nothing and she was pronounced dead on the 10th of September 1898, at the age of 60.