the family was told that they were to be photographed to prove to the people that they were still alive. the family members were arranged appropriately and left alone for several minutes, the gunmen then walked in and started shooting. the girls did not die from the first shots, because bullets rebounded off jewels that were sewn into their corsets. the gunmen tried to stab them with bayonets, which also failed because of the jewels. the gunmen then shot each girl in the head at close range.
Previously undiscovered photo of undocumented Russian Crown Jewels were recently discovered in the USGS library. The photo appear in a 1922 album called “Russian Diamond Fund,” that was uncovered in the rare book room of the library. This diadem was one of the four undocumented jewels.