Even today, more than a century after her execution, the name Mata Hari conjures up images of the ultimate femme fatale, an exotic dancer and courtesan who allegedly used her feminine wiles to spy for the Germans during World War I. She has been the subject of numerous films, musicals, songs, and even a recent ballet and a 2017 opera, so it seems her legend is still going strong. But the real story behind this fascinating woman—who in reality was a Dutch national named Margaretha Zelle—is much more complex and intriguing than popular perception would have you believe, so shimmy into your best jeweled breastplate and travel back to the early 20th century with Tom and Jenny on a cloak and daggery episode 303.

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