Mata Hari executed, Oct. 15, 1917
Although scholars would later question her guilt, exotic dancer, courtesan to powerful men, and accused German spy Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad on Oct. 15, 1917.
“Mata Hari, the Dutch dancer and adventuress, who two months ago was found guilty by a court-martial on the charge of espionage, was shot at dawn this morning,” announced the dispatch from Paris published in that day’s Boston Evening Herald.
“Mlle. Mata Hari, long known in Europe as a woman of great attractiveness and with a romantic history, was, according to unofficial press dispatches, accused of conveying to the Germans the secret of the construction of the Entente ‘tanks,’ this resulting in the enemy’s rushing work on a special gas to combat their operations.”
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