King Umberto’s Doppleganger

Italy’s King Umberto I had been told that one of his subjects had an uncanny resemblance to him, which he had always ignored. One day, he visited the restaurant owned by his doppleganger. He was in for a shock when he realized the man not only looked like him, but he shared the same first name and birthday. They even had wives with the same names.

The king invited the restaurant owner as a royal guest to a sports competition that was to be held the very next day. The man did not show up and King Umberto I grew frustrated and sent one of his servants to investigate why his guest didn’t come. When the servant returned, he found out that the man had been shot in the morning, dying immediately. Only minutes later, King Umberto I was assassinated by Italo-American anarchist Gaetano Bresci, who shot him four times. The king died immediately.


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