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 Burdick Scandal – Part XI

After a few days at Niagara Falls, Alice went to New York City, and registered at the Hotel Roland. Arthur followed her, though he traveled with his wife. The Pennells and Alice were in city for a week. According to the witness, Carrie was aware she was in the city, as Arthur visited daily; however, the witness did…

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The Burdick Scandal – Part VIII

Sixteen-year-old Marion was Edwin and Alice Burdick’s oldest child. She was also an uncooperative witness, at least in the DA’s opinion. She said “Yes” or “No” as often as possible, in response to questions put to her, and refused to elaborate. When the DA asked her the same question, phrased slightly differently, a number of…

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