Sophia Botta, the Dark Countess

Sophia Botta was an affluent and mysterious woman who appeared with her partner (Vavel de Versay) in a German village in 1807. They lived for 30 years in self imposed solitude and the villagers referred to them as the Dark Count and Countess.

Many people speculated that Sophia Botta was really the true Princess Marie Thérèse, daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. However, recent genetic analyses disprove this theory.

Her mtDNA profile was determined from the genetic analysis of her skeletal remains exhumed in 2013.