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  • She was the Mata Hari of the Caribbean.

  • She was at the center of assassination attempts, bungled

  • spy missions, and controversial global intrigue.

  • And she was in love with one of history's most

  • notorious figures.

  • Her name Marita Lorenz.

  • During her 25 years as a spy and informant,

  • Lorenz lived a Shocking life full of adventure that

  • would put James Bond to shame.

  • She came across dictators, gangsters, and killers.

  • And she had affairs with many of her targets,

  • including Cuban leader and beard club member Fidel Castro.

  • Are all of these stories fully accurate?

  • Can truth really be this much stranger than fiction?

  • See if you can figure out yourself

  • as we dive into the history of Marita Lorenz.

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  • Lorenz was born in Nazi occupied Germany

  • to a German father who worked as a U-boat captain,

  • and an American mother who was recruited by France and Britain

  • as a spy.

  • When the oppressive German government found out

  • about her parents' anti-Nazi sentiments,

  • they threw the family into a concentration camp.

  • In 1944, when Lorenz was five, her family

  • was placed in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

  • Lorenz' father was held as a prisoner of war,

  • and Lorenz and her siblings were moved to the children's ward.

  • Eventually, the allies liberated the camps, and Lorenz'

  • family relocated to America.

  • In 1959, at the age of 19, Lorenz

  • was working on one of her father's luxury boats

  • on a trip to Havana, Cuba.

  • Who met the boat at the harbor?

  • None other than the new leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro.

  • According to Lorenz, Castro announced

  • he wanted to come aboard.

  • When Lorenzo asked who he was, he simply said, "yo soy Cuba."

  • Lorenz estimated there were 27 men with Castro,

  • all sporting the same style of beard.

  • Castro, then 33, was immediately smitten with Lorenz.

  • And while Lorenz was intimidated by Castro's crew--

  • all armed and dangerous-- she fell for Castro

  • quickly thereafter.

  • Little did she know what actions this romance

  • would set into motion.

  • Later that year, Lorenz claimed she became pregnant by Castro.

  • In October, she was seven months pregnant,

  • ready to deliver her and Castro's first child.

  • But circumstances changed-- she was

  • slipped a drug in a glass of milk,

  • waking up hours later in a hospital bed.

  • When she awoke, the commander of the Cuban army

  • told her the baby had been taken away

  • because of Fidel's enemies.

  • Castro himself was nowhere to be found.

  • She was then given an injection and taken back

  • to a Havana hotel room.

  • While some historians doubt Lorenz was ever impregnated

  • by Castro, Lorenz believes this abortion attempt was

  • unsuccessful, and she eventually wound up

  • meeting the son she believes she had with Castro--

  • the son she had but didn't remember having.

  • The son she had but didn't have any physical evidence

  • of having.

  • That was the son she felt she met.

  • More on that chance encounter later.

  • The CIA eventually got to Lorenz,

  • encouraging her to flip on Castro and terminate him.

  • They flew her out to the USA, gave her poison pills

  • to give him, briefed her on the details,

  • then flew her back to Cuba.

  • When Lorenz got back to Cuba, she

  • realized she couldn't go through with it.

  • Her love for Castro was too entrenched,

  • and she discarded the poison pills

  • by placing them in a jar of cold cream.

  • Instead of killing Castro, Lorenz slept with Castro

  • that night.

  • What would have happened had Lorenz

  • gone through with her mission?

  • We'll never know for sure, but some historians

  • and former spies believe that, among other consequences,

  • the Bay of Pigs fiasco would have never occurred.

  • Lorenz seemed to have re-centered herself around

  • killing Castro, and she found herself training with Operation

  • 40--

  • a CIA anti-Castro group located in Florida.

  • Among other trainees at the camp was Lee Harvey Oswald,

  • who you might have heard of as being

  • the guy who would eventually assassinate President John F

  • Kennedy.

  • According to Lorenz, Oswald had recruited

  • members of the camp for a secret road trip to Dallas.

  • Lorenz initially joined them, but when she found out

  • Oswald's intentions, she abandoned them and flew home

  • to Cuba.

  • She said she heard about Kennedy's assassination

  • on this very plane ride.

  • Frank Sturgis, a spy who was allegedly also in Oswald's car,

  • called Lorenz' claims into question,

  • saying she changed her story's details too

  • many times to count.

  • "I'm not saying that everything that Marita says is a lie,"

  • he told Vanity Fair.

  • "But she'll do anything for money."

  • Lorenz was set up with another mission--

  • this time, targeting deposed Venezuelan dictator

  • Marcos Perez Jimenez.

  • She was sent to Florida, where he had fled,

  • to collect money from him in exchange

  • for granting him US residency.

  • Instead, he collected her heart.

  • Perez Jimenez was already married with children,

  • but that didn't stop him from falling in love with Lorenz.

  • He pursued her, and she agreed to be his amante, or mistress.

  • One month into their relationship, Lorenz

  • became pregnant by him.

  • He put her up in Miami during this time.

  • Lorenz gave birth to their daughter, Monica,

  • and she and Perez Jimenez lived a relatively peaceful life

  • for a few years.

  • However, Perez Jimenez was then extradited back to Venezuela

  • to stand for his crimes.

  • He was arrested, and neither Lorenz nor Monica

  • saw a penny of his vast fortune.

  • In 1963, after Perez Jimenez' arrest,

  • Lorenz decided to travel to Venezuela

  • to visit her former love and father of her daughter Monica.

  • Upon arrival, Lorenz was immediately arrested and put

  • in a jail cell next to Perez Jimenez.

  • But she didn't stay long.

  • After she was released, two local intelligence agents

  • offered her and Monica a sightseeing tour.

  • They accepted, but quickly realized

  • it was not what it seemed.

  • The agents flew Lorenz and Monica

  • into the middle of the Amazon rainforest and abandoned them.

  • Lorenz claimed she and Monica stayed

  • in the rainforest for nine months,

  • alongside a native tribe.

  • And biographers and historians say

  • that, despite Lorenz' propensity for wild stories,

  • this one is likely true, and likely a plot of Lorenz'

  • former lover, Perez Jimenez.

  • Lorenz never said her relationship with Fidel Castro

  • was non-consensual.

  • But in May of 1963, her mother Alice

  • published a piece called "Fidel Castro Raped

  • My Teenage Daughter."

  • This title was also pitched as a film on the Lifetime network.

  • The piece, published in a pulp magazine Police Gazette,

  • was written by Alex Rourke--

  • a CIA colleague of Alice.

  • In the piece, they accused Castro of many inhuman crimes,

  • including kidnapping, drugging, and rape.

  • While many elements of Castro's relationship with Lorenz

  • are questionable, Alex and Rourke

  • did deliberately exaggerate and invent many parts of the piece.

  • The goals were twofold--

  • to turn Lorenz against Castro, and to turn America

  • at large against communism.

  • Lorenz wound up leaving the CIA, moving

  • to New York in the late '60s and working for the FBI

  • as an informant.

  • In 1969 she gave birth to a son named Mark,

  • saying that the father was a former New York police chief.

  • The truth was far more salacious.

  • In fact, Mark's father was Eddie Levy-- a small-time gangster

  • who had served prison time in Florida.

  • Lorenz never quite told Mark the truth.

  • As she said to biographer John Stockwell,

  • it was better to have a father who was a cop than one who

  • went to jail.

  • In 1981 Lorenz came to the realization

  • that she needed to protect her children from all

  • the dangerous men she had rendezvoused

  • with before informing on them.

  • She went to the Cuban embassy in New York,

  • communicating via handwritten notes out

  • of paranoia of surveillance.

  • Eventually, the embassy granted Lorenz'

  • request to return to Havana, for a more formal request

  • of protection.

  • And that's when Lorenz claims to have

  • met the child she had had with Castro,

  • named Andre-- whom she thought she had lost decades ago.

  • "The first thing I noticed was his white, white skin

  • and Fidel's curly hair," she said upon meeting him.

  • "I said, it's nice, Fidel.

  • You did a beautiful job."

  • When Lorenz' sister Valerie picked her up at the airport

  • to take her home, she claimed Lorenz

  • was in "a state of shock."

  • To examine Lorenz' life, one must

  • discern between fact and fiction, truth

  • and a good story.

  • In 1976 Tom Guinzburg, president of Viking Press,

  • decided he was up for the challenge.

  • He paid Lorenz and a ghost rider a $320,000 advance

  • for an official biography.

  • However, the project was shelved for many years, when

  • Penguin bought Viking Press.

  • Finally, her official autobiography--

  • The Spy Who Loved Castro-- was published in 2017.

  • She'll eventually be played by Jennifer Lawrence in a film

  • adaptation of her life.

  • Marita Lorenz' life story is wild, full of probable

  • exaggerations and unlikely truths.

  • She'll forever be known as one of the world's most

  • controversial figures in secret intelligence,

  • and forever known as the woman who loved Fidel Castro.

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