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Eddie Chapman used to be a captivating felony, a con guy, and a philanderer. He used to be additionally essentially the most extraordinary double brokers Britain has ever produced. contained in the traitor used to be a guy of loyalty; contained in the villain used to be a hero. the matter for Chapman, his spymasters, and his fanatics was once to grasp the place one character ended and the opposite all started. in accordance with lately declassified documents, 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 transferring line among constancy and betrayal.
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This, he chuckled, would be the code name for the new Abwehr spy number V-6523. As he struggled to take in the flood of information, Chapman reflected that Dr. Graumann, with his pin-striped suit, looked more like a “respectable business man” than a spymaster. His tone was brisk but benign, and his eyes under heavy lids twinkled. Each time he spoke, his head jerked slightly, back and forth. His voice struck Chapman as being “surprisingly soft, for a German,” but the tone hardened very slightly when the doctor remarked: “Look, you will see a good many things, but you must realise that with our section things must be kept secret.
He would consider Chapman’s answers carefully, leaning back in his chair, the index finger of one hand hooked into the side pocket of his uniform, the other stroking his thinning hair. From time to time, he would don thick-rimmed spectacles and peer at the open file in front of him. ” Graumann quizzed Chapman once more about his past: his catalog of crimes, his grasp of German and French, the members of the Jelly Gang and their current whereabouts. Time after time, he returned to the question of whether Chapman was motivated more by 36 BEN MACINTYRE hatred of Britain or by the promise of financial gain.
But soon another letter arrived that temporarily extinguished thoughts of Betty. From an address in Southend-on-Sea, Freda Stevenson, the dancer with whom he had been living in Shepherd’s Bush, wrote to inform Chapman that he was now the father of a one-year-old girl, born in the Southend municipal hospital in July 1939, whom she had christened Diane Shayne. She enclosed a photograph of mother and child. Freda explained that she was desperately poor, barely surviving on wartime rations, and asked Chapman to send money.