Attempt in 1906  

Attempt in 1906  

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Attempt in 1906

On September 1, 1906, about 130 people were sitting in the dining room of the VICTORIA-JUNGFRAU Grand Hotel & Spa, when a young woman stood up, pulled out a pistol and fired three times at an older gentleman who was sitting at the table next to her. The panic and chaos in the hall, did not deterred the young woman, she took a few steps towards her victim and fired another four shots before leaving the hall.

Afterwards, on the terrace, she was disarmed by a waiter and taken away by the police. In a first interrogation, she claimed to be the Russian and emissary of a revolutionary committee sent to avenge on Peter Durnovo, the former interior minister of the Tsarist empire.

In her handbag was an edition of the revolutionary newspaper "Tribine Russe" published in Paris, which showed the politician in the picture. But the man from the hotel, who died about an hour and a half after the crime, did not look very like him, his name was not Durnovo and he was not Russian either. It was a 68-year-old entrepreneur from Alsace named Charles Müller who spent his holidays in Interlaken for years. Durnowo was also a guest in Interlaken that late summer, but had already left the hotel a few days before.