The Story of Marita Lorenz: Mistress, Mother, C.I.A. Informant, and Center of Swirling Conspiracy Theories
I suppose I had been expecting to meet an aging, elegant beauty, a Mata Hari of sorts, her hair pulled off her face into a sleek chignon. Marita Lorenz has been, after all, the lover of two legendary Latin-American strongmen: Cuba’s Fidel Castro and the Venezuelan generalissimo Marcos Pérez Jiménez, each of whom she claims fathered a child with her. Then there was the 25-year career as an informer for the C.I.A. and F.B.I., as well as the gunrunning, the black-bag jobs, at least three marriages, and another child with a small-time gangster. Even more chilling were the hushed stories that she holds the key to unraveling the Kennedy assassination. She herself calmly tells you she’s been shot at, poisoned, firebombed, drugged, pistol-whipped, and dumped into the Amazon rain forest to die. If not an entirely glamorous life, it has certainly been one with all peaks and no valleys.