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Eddie Chapman was once a captivating legal, a con guy, and a philanderer. He used to be additionally some of the most striking double brokers Britain has ever produced. contained in the traitor used to be a guy of loyalty; contained in the villain was once a hero. the matter for Chapman, his spymasters, and his fanatics was once to understand the place one personality ended and the opposite started. in keeping with lately declassified records, Agent Zigzag tells Chapman’s complete tale for the 1st time. It’s a gripping story of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the skinny and moving line among constancy and betrayal.

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Golding decided to explore the beach, while Laurie searched the caves in 18 BEN MACINTYRE the cliffside. On the sand, some holidaymakers were playing football, observed, from a short distance, by a tall fisherman with a net. Golding approached the spectator. “Your name is Chapman,” he said. “My name is not Chapman,” said the fisherman, backing off. ” “You had better take me,” he replied. As Golding seized his arm, Chapman shouted that he was being assaulted, and called on the footballers to come to his aid.

Occasionally, he referred to a file. He seemed to know every detail of Chapman’s criminal record, not only the crimes for which he had been sentenced, but those for which he was only suspected. The officer spoke with familiarity of Britain, of Chapman’s years in Soho, his arrest in Edinburgh, and his flight to Jersey; as he spoke, he twined the long fingers of his hands or gesticulated. His expression did not change, but he seemed satisfied by Chapman’s answers. Chapman reflected later that his interrogator seemed “the scholarly, staid” type.

He outlined his idea to Faramus and Douglas Stirling. What if they offered to work as spies for the Nazis? If they were accepted, there was surely a chance they might be sent over to mainland Britain, undercover. At the very least, it would break the monotony. Stirling was enthusiastic, saying that he would suggest the ruse to his son. Faramus was more cautious, but agreed the plan was worth a shot. With hindsight, Chapman admitted that his motives in 1941 were hazy and confused. He later claimed that the offer to spy for Germany was prompted by the simple and sincere desire to escape and to be united with Diane, the child he had never seen: “If I could work a bluff with the Germans, I could probably be sent over to 26 BEN MACINTYRE Britain,” he wrote.

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