The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: Her Head Held High (Part IV)

The French were surveilling Mata Hari warily, and knew her whereabouts as soon as she returned to Paris on January 4, 1917. A month passed; then the French investigators sprung the trap. On February 13, Mata Hari was arrested in Paris at Élysée Palace Hôtel, and charged with being a double agent, working against France…

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The Incredible Life of Mata Hari: Clandestine Operations (Part III)

Gretha, now reborn as Mata Hari, soon had the whole of Europe at her feet. She was a popular exotic dancer who presented herself as someone thoroughly acquainted with the dancing of the East. And she did not confine herself to Paris. Men in Milan, Vienna, Berlin, and Madrid flocked to her shows.   Mata…

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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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