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Love letters from tyrants

Published 5:32 PM ET, Fri February 10, 2012
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Former Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin wrote in one letter to his wife Nadya, while she was away from him seeking treatment for headaches in Germany, "I miss you so much Tatochka. ...I'm as lonely as a horned owl." Getty Images
The father of fascism, Benito Mussolini, wrote to his love Ida Dalser: "My little Ida, I have just arrived after twelve endless hours on a train that left me completely covered in soot. I washed it off as best as I could and my first thought, even before going to dinner, is you." Getty Images
Napoleon Bonaparte wrote to his wife Josephine incessantly, begging her to visit him and write to him. "You are going to be here beside me, in my arms, on my breast, on my mouth? Take wing and come, come! A kiss on your heart, and one much lower down, much lower!" Getty Images
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler spoke of Eva Braun, to whom he was married for just 40 hours, in direct language. He called her "calm, intelligent and objective." They committed suicide together. Getty Images