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Random Death. [Feb. 2nd, 2005|02:22 pm]
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Mata Hari (Gertrud Margarete Zelle) - World War I spy

1917 --- executed by firing squad, she refused a blindfold and threw a kiss to the executioners.
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2005-02-02 12:33 pm (UTC)
I love that.... It makes me happy, in a sad sort of way.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 12:50 pm (UTC)
I know, me too. I'd probably do the same.
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From: lostways
2005-02-02 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hehehe too bad she got caught i wonder how
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 12:54 pm (UTC)
http://www.crimelibrary.com/spies/mata_hari/


http://www.ww1-propaganda-cards.com/mata_hari.html

She was gorgeous! Look at the pictures on the second link.


Margaretha Geertruida Zelle alias Mata Hari was born in Leeuwarden (NL)
on 7 August 1876.

At the beginning of the 20th century she moved to France where she started a career as a nude dancer. She became famous and moved in the highest circles of Europe. Her fame made it easy to travel to various European countries. Even during the war. So, the French Secret Service asked Mata Hari to mingle with the Germans and find out as much as she could.

However, during her first mission something went wrong and she was arrested by the British Intelligence Service. All of her alibis were watertight, so the British agents had to release her. In the meantime, the French too got suspicious.

It also became clear that German army officers were paying her. Officially it was to keep them company but the French intelligence office wasn't so sure about that. When she tried to cross the French border, to visit one of her lovers, she was arrested by the French Secret Service and interrogated.

During one of these long sessions, she succumbed and confessed to be a German spy, known under the pseudonym of H21.
The trial that followed was nothing but a showcase. The French were convinced that she was: "one of the greatest spies of the century, responsible for the death of tens of thousands of soldiers". She was found guilty and condemned to death. On 15 October 1917 she was shot by a firing squad.
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[User Picture]From: noblestride
2005-02-02 01:52 pm (UTC)
She didn't fear death. "If you aren't too busy living then your too busy dying."
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 01:53 pm (UTC)
It's true.
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[User Picture]From: hotbroccoli435
2005-02-02 02:51 pm (UTC)
that's hot! lol
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 06:14 pm (UTC)
She was something else!
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From: m_buggie
2005-02-02 03:05 pm (UTC)
She rocks, a woman ahead of her time so to speak. I think Bob Dylan said something similar: "He not busy living is busy dying." And if you're going to die, you might as well do so with style.
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[User Picture]From: afropunk629
2005-02-02 04:54 pm (UTC)

If we're talking about fun ways people were executed

In Mexico, in the early part of this century, there was a very Right-wing, anti-religion government (see Grahame Greene's The Power and the Glory).

There was a Jesuit priest by the name of Father Miguel Pro.

Father Pro, as his name implies, was a pro at evading police. Among his many escapes were the following:

-Turned a corner while being chased, flipped up his collar, scruffed up his hair, lit a cigarette, and pointed the cops in the direction of the priest

-Ran past a cute girl, said, "Pardon me, I'm a priest," and proceeded to make out with her while the cops ran by.

-Convinced a jailer to release him so he could give Communion to the jailer's mother.

-Begged two cops who caught him to allow him a last drink. When they agreed, he got them so drunk that he convinced them that they had the wrong guy.

Father Pro was finally caught, and even in jail offered confession and last rites. As he was being taken to his "trial," he realized that they were taking him to his death, so, bravely, he shouted out "VIVE EL CRISTO REY!" ("Long live Christ the King") as the executioner gave the order for the squad to fire.

While this story is about a Catholic, you don't have to be one (I'm not) to appreciate his sacrificing himself for his faith (and enjoying life in the process)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 06:28 pm (UTC)

Re: If we're talking about fun ways people were executed

That's very cool. I especially enjoy the first two. :) I've never heard of this guy. Sounds like he'd be great material for a film or play.
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[User Picture]From: breakingbeauty7
2005-02-02 06:32 pm (UTC)
love your enemies.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hate your friends?

Wait.. scratch that. Reverse it.

:)
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2005-02-02 08:28 pm (UTC)
wow, thats awesome. kudos Mata.
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[User Picture]From: afropunk629
2005-02-02 08:51 pm (UTC)
I loved the execution of Pol Pot... oh wait, that's right, they never executed him! He's living in house arrest! For killing over a million people! YAY!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 09:10 pm (UTC)
That's justice.
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[User Picture]From: dolphin_on_rye
2005-02-02 10:07 pm (UTC)
wow, now i know how i plan to die
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From: hymn
2005-02-02 10:17 pm (UTC)
YOUR ICON IS SO ADORABLE ONCE I FIGURED OUT WHAT IT WAS.
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[User Picture]From: geoffrey_lli
2005-02-02 10:50 pm (UTC)
I think she may just be my hero.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-02 11:09 pm (UTC)
;) She was gorgeous, wasn't she?
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[User Picture]From: richter_belmont
2005-02-02 11:11 pm (UTC)

Perfect.

Heh... Mata Hari was memorable even in death.
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[User Picture]From: dogmeatnyc
2005-02-04 01:47 am (UTC)
men are stupid after orgasm :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-02-04 07:37 pm (UTC)
Ain't that the truth.
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