The Love and Insanity of Dr. Laffin

Charles James Laffin, was born in Australia in 1867. While still a youth, he traveled to far-away New York City, where he thrived in the New World. The precocious Laffin earned his degree in medicine from Bellevue Hospital Medical College when he was 21. He often traveled between Canada and the US. It was on one of…

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The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: The Javanese Princess (Part II)

In 1905, Gretha began exotic dancing. It inspired her and triggered a radical reinvention of herself. In a flash, Margaretha Geertruida Zelle MacLeod was gone forever, and in her place was a Javanese princess named Mata Hari. The name Mata Hari gave herself is Malaysian, and translates to “Eye of the Sun”. And somehow, in…

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The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: The Road to Perdition (Part I)

For over 100 years, the name Mata Hari has been synonymous with glamour and mystery. Her life ended when she was 41 years old, but those years were crowded with adventure, tragedy, and intrigue. The woman who would one day become famous all over the world was born into ordinary circumstances in August 1876, in…

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