Researchers at the University of Leicester have found a wound in the interior surface of the cranium belonging to King Richard III. Analysis suggests this was likely the fatal blow that killed the monarch, one delivered by a sword or the top spike of a bill or halberd.
The case is officially closed on what's being called the oldest forensic investigation in history. A new genetic analysis is providing incontrovertible evidence that the skeleton found under a parking lot in Leicester belonged to the king, while uncovering new truths about his appearance and lineage.
Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle. But as a new forensic analysis of his remains shows, he didn't just die in battle — he had the living tar beat out of him. Here's how this king met his maker on that fateful day in 1485.