It was on this date in 1945 that Mussolini, 5 of his guards, and his mistress were executed. There has been a strange cover up with the love letters between Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci. Time magazine reported on their letters in 1952, as the letters were taken over by Italian authorities despite a legal fight by Petacci’s relatives to reclaim them. Many of those letters were stolen while in the custody of the Italian government. Another interesting conspiracy theory: that Mussolini was killed by undercover British agents. Oh, and one more interesting thing about Mussolini: Like Hitler, he fancied himself an artist.