Hugh Thomas, in his book "The Murder of Adolf
Hitler," puts forth a theory about Hitler's death that MAY
explain various Bunker resident's contradictory statements about
where the fatal gun wound was located, as well as why no shot was
As Thomas paints the scene, "He (Hitler) is
still shuffling around the anteroom when Linge returns. Linge...
offers him a cyanide capsule from a small brass case, and the use
of the Army pistol that Linge withdraws from the drawer of a table.
Staring blankly and uncomprehendingly at his manservant, Hitler
calls him a 'stupid peasant' and turns his back."
"Linge picks up the cyanide capsule and vainly
tries to force it into Hitler's mouth from behind--forcing the mouth
open by closing his powerful middle finger and thumb across the
Fuhrer's mouth, from side to side in the cheek pouch. Despite his
feeble state, Hitler manages to turn his head away from the strong
grip and lower his head. Linge's increasingly violent efforts can't
succeed, even though he is by now half facing the Fuhrer."
"But the affront has been made, the first act
of violence committed. Savagely Linge turns the prematurely aged
man around and throttles (strangles) him from behind. Terrified,
he holds up the Fuhrer in front of him while the frothing stops
and struggles cease."
"He is still holding the corpse almost at arm's
length, when Stumpfegger comes into the room... Stumpfegger beckons
Linge to lay the corpse down on the floor. Checking that Hitler
is dead, he reaches in his pocket and produces an ampule-crushing
forceps. The cyanide capsule is quickly and professionally crushed
under Hitler's protruding tongue."