So a while ago I was talking to edwardslovelyelizabeth and scribblesincrayon about Richard III and the Princes. Some of you might know now that I’m not the biggest RIII fan there is and I do think it was very likely that he had his nephews killed (though I know there’s no conclusive evidence he did, just like there’s no conclusive evidence he didn’t and we’re gonna be fighting about this forever, knowing us). But this is what I thought: if, and notice that’s an IF, he did killed Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, I think the way he did it is kind of genius.
I mean, there’s no proof of it. But there’s no proof he didn’t either. We can’t say for sure he didn’t do it, but we can’t say for sure he did. And that’s kind of brilliant. It’s the ultimate crime. There’s always gonna be someone willing to defend you (as proven by the Richard III Society, God bless them, they are dedicated). If he said the boys died of a cold or something and showed people their bodies, everyone would be sure he killed them, just like everyone is sure Edward IV killed Henry VI. Instead, we spent over 500 years debating whether he had a hand in the disappearing of his nephews! And we could probably spend the next 500 years having the same discussion and we’re probably not gonna come to any conclusion. And we’re still gonna be talking about him.
Of course if he’s innocent this entire theory will go to shit, but if he’s not, then he’s a smart motherfucker, I’ll give him that.