Mata Hari: Truth & Lies

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Exotic dancer Mata Hari created sensation and controversy evenafterher untimely (and unjust)death before a French firing squad at the age of 41 in October 1917. Many aspects of her life, particularly about the true degree of her spying or of her double-agent status are still debated.

In brief, Mata Hariwas a Dutch woman (Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, born in 1876)who married an abusive man, Rudolf MacLeod,andmoved to Java.While there her two children were poisoned, one of whom died. She and her husband returned to Europe, they separated, and Mata went on to become the most celebrated exotic dancer of her time. However, she was accusedof being a double-agen