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Marita Lorenz

The CIA Agent Who Was Sent To Kill Castro But Slept With Him Instead

The U.S. government invented all sorts of harebrained schemes to kill Fidel Castro—and I mean really, truly off-the-wall plots. There was the time the CIA tried to poison his milkshake. There was the ploy to discredit him by spraying him down with LSD and watching him go insane during a live radio broadcast. There was, I kid you not, an idea to pack his omnipresent cigar with explosives. Then there was Marita Lorenz. Lorenz was once Castro’s lover before she turned against him on the basis, perhaps, of the role he played in the abortion of their child.

A 1993 Vanity Fair profile by Ann Louise Bardach does a deep dive into Lorenz’s convoluted history, doing its best to untangle the sticky web of lies that Lorenz herself seems to have been responsible for spinning. But one thing that’s certain is that Lorenz was sent by the CIA to poison Castro and that she bungled it completely.

With Marita Lorenz, it is difficult to separate the fact from fiction; although her stories are based somewhat on historical events, she seems to have an immense capacity for invention and hyperbole. An FBI report from 1980 seems to describe her in such terms:

“Lorenz has provided information in the past, some of which is reliable, however, she does have a tendency to exaggerate.” 

Marita Lorenz was born in Germany in August 18, 1939 to an American woman and a German father. A mere couple of weeks after her birth World War II was instigated by the German invasion, leading to her father being sent to work in the navy and her mother, Alice Lofland, to rebel and work for the British as a spy. Alice would work on and off in intelligence her whole life, proving clear inspiration to her daughter. She was caught and for her mother’s sins, Marita was sent to the nightmarish Bergen-Belsen concentration camp for children. The family survived the war, but Lorenz was later raped by an American soldier outside Bremerhaven. She was only seven years old.

They moved to Manhattan in 1950.

Marita Lorenz, the German lover of Fidel Castro, who was recruited by the CIA to assassinate the Cuban leader.

Not content with a normal childhood, Lorenz accompanied her father as he captained luxury liners around the Americas for several years. It was on one fateful day in February 1959 that the Berlin stopped in Havana. One of the men to greet them was Fidel Castro, who had only been Prime Minister for less than two weeks. She was attracted to him immediately. When he came into her cabin two hours later while she was getting dressed, she did not resist his advances:

“He was the sweetest, tenderest. I guess nobody ever forgets their first lover”

Mere days later, back in New York, she was depressed, so he sent over his private plane to go pick her up. She would live in Castro’s hotel room in the Hilton as his mistress. It was in the hotel she first became acquainted with Frank Sturgis, a double agent working both for Castro and the C.I.A. He would later become famous for his role in Watergate. He recruited her as a spy, a role perfectly suited for a young girl who wanted to live a glamorous, jet-setting life.

Lorenz claims she and Castro had a baby together, named Andre Vasquez. She claims not to have known of this child’s existence until many years later. Other sources report either an abortion or miscarriage or that she adopted. In 1959, she recalls being drugged, possibly due to poison intended for Castro, and waking up in a doctor’s office in Cuba, being told the child was aborted before being sent back to the States. Angry at the way Castro had cheated her, she obtained a job for C.I.A. through Sturgis. Her first assignment: assassinating the Cuban dictator.

After a quick hop back and forth, which according to F.B.I reports was under the guise of looking after an “adopted child”, Marita was sent to Cuba to kill him for good. She was given two small capsules that she was supposed to slip into his drink, apparently killing him in thirty seconds. Yet when the plane landed in Cuba, she knew she couldn’t do it. He knew she was there to kill him. He didn’t mind. They made love instead.

According to Marita Lorenz, it was only her re-ignited love for Castro that stopped her administering poison, falling instead into his arms for a night of passion. Had she followed her orders, the fiasco that was the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis would never have happened. Perhaps even President Kennedy might have lived.

Marita Lorenz with young Monica. (Courtesy of Monica Mercedes Pérez Jiménez)

Wilfried Huismann, a Germany documentary filmmaker, who released Dear Fidel – Marita’s Story, believes her. He said: “At first I thought the Marita Lorenz tale was a bit of a sailor’s yarn, it was only after I had interviewed countless former CIA people and Castro aides and then got to know Marita herself that I became convinced that her story was true.”

Over the years, many would-be biographers have been defeated by the messy sprawl of Lorenz’s story.

Lorenz has been living in a cramped studio apartment in Queens, New York. Although once a sleepy middle-class neighbourhood, Jackson Heights has become the cocaine capital of the Northeast and the stomping grounds of Colombian drug cartels. None of this fazes Lorenz, who says she has long been used to dangerous Latins. In fact, she says, “it’s the longest time I’ve ever lived in one place.”

Although fluent in three languages, Lorenz speaks street English, but it is the street talk of another time, like the speech in On the Waterfront. In fact, much of the time she dresses, walks, talks, drinks, and smokes like a longshoreman.

Espionage was always a part of the family business. Her mother was a spy, and there is evidence that her father did some double-agenting. Lorenz’s mother, Alice Lofland, started life as an actress and dancer on Broadway. En route to a movie location in France in the early 30s, she met and fell in love with Heinrich Lorenz, a wealthy German navy captain. Lorenz talked her into giving up her career and settling down with him in Bremen. The couple had four children, the last being Marita, who was born in August 1939.

Two weeks later Germany invaded Poland, and Heinrich Lorenz became commander of a fleet of U-boats. Alice Lorenz was not allowed to leave Germany. Early in the war, she rescued a French soldier and a British pilot, who recruited her into the French underground and British intelligence. In 1944 she was thrown into the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she almost died. Meanwhile, her husband’s ship had been captured, and he was interned in an English P.O.W. camp. Five-year-old Marita was sent to the horrific children’s detention facility at Bergen-Belsen.

Deposed Venezuelan President Marcos PŽrez JimŽnez is extradited from the U.S. to his home country to face corruption charges.

Liberated by the Allies, the shattered Lorenz family moved to Bremerhaven, where Alice went to work for U.S. Army intelligence and later the O.S.S., the forerunner of the C.I.A. Shortly after the family’s reunion, seven-year-old Marita was raped by a deranged American soldier. Many close to Lorenz say that her childhood rape and the subsequent trial, in which she testified against the soldier, set in motion a lifelong pattern of violence and revenge in her relationships with men.

In 1950 the family moved to the States and eventually settled in Manhattan. While Heinrich Lorenz was a captain of luxury ocean liners, his wife slid into the American intelligence community, working alternately, it appears, with army intelligence and at the Pentagon. “I was never sure who my mother was working for,” says Valerie Lorenz, “except I knew she worked in intelligence with high-security clearance. She didn’t confide in me, but she was very close with Marita.” Valerie stresses that she couldn’t be more different from her sister. “I was raising three children in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, while Marita was off to God knows where.”

With less than a ninth-grade education, Marita persuaded her parents to let her work on her father’s cruise ships, and for several years she travelled around the Americas. On February 28, 1959, the Berlin dropped anchor in Havana harbour. “I was standing on the bridge,” Lorenz remembers, “and in the distance, I could see this launch coming toward us. It was filled with around 27 men, all with the same beard. One was taller than the others. He was standing on the bow, and he had a rifle. I said, ‘Oh, shit, what is this? We’re being invaded.’ ”

Her father was taking his afternoon nap, so Marita took command. “I screamed out to them in German. The tall one yelled out, ‘I want to come aboard.’ I asked who he was, and he started laughing and flashing a lot of teeth. ‘Yo soy Cuba,’ he said. ‘Comandante Fidel Castro.’ ”

Only two months earlier, Castro had seized the island from Batista. “I reminded him, ‘This is German soil.’ Fidel said, ‘Yes, but you are in my harbour.’ ” A good-looking man pushed forward and introduced himself as Che Guevara. “I want a German beer,” he said.

Marita, who had never even been on a date, says she was instantly mesmerised by Castro. “When Fidel talks to you,” she says, “he talks to you very close. He looks right in your eye. We had drinks and sloppy joes. He immediately made me feel nervous. I had to kill two hours until my father woke up. I gave him a tour. Then I had to lose him because I wanted to be more pretty.”

Marita raced down to her cabin to primp, but she was soon interrupted by a knock on the door. It was the steward. “He was making a face,” she says, “and Fidel was standing behind him. He was smoking one of those humongous cigars. My heart’s beating a mile a minute. He just steps in and looks around and says, ‘Do you have an ashtray?’ ”

The steward disappeared, and Fidel closed the door. “He stands in front of me, and he takes both my hands, and he is kissing me. And he said, ‘From one comandante to another.’ He kept saying, ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ I said, ‘No. Papa told me Batista is out and somebody else is in. I guess you are that somebody.’ Nothing hit me as hard as this ever—like a tonne of bricks. He didn’t let me completely undress. He was the sweetest, tenderest. I guess nobody ever forgets their first lover.”

They had dinner that night with Captain Lorenz, and at midnight the Berlin headed back to New York.

Photos of Frank Sturgis. (Wikimedia)

Days later, Marita was in the family apartment on West 87th Street. “I was in love and miserable. I was stirring this Jell-O, and the phone rings . . . and it’s him.” The following day, she says, Castro sent his private plane to New York.

Fidel Castro loved to picture himself as a Don Juan. He boasted about being a Casanova with so much sex appeal that he sweeps girls off their feet without even trying.

That night changed everything.” The relationship lasted several months. The couple met at a suite in the Hilton hotel, she said: “He would put a sheet from the bed over my hair and hand me a spray of parsley from the room service tray, saying ‘Now you are Mrs Castro’.”

It didn’t take long for Lorenz to become Castro’s mistress, living with him on his private floor of the Habana Hilton for seven months. She was tolerated by Celia Sánchez, his longtime companion, and tortured by the flings he enjoyed with other women.

By spring of 1959, it was becoming clear that any relationship the U.S. enjoyed with Castro would be strained, at best. A man named Frank Sturgis, a double agent whom Lorenz cast as her life’s villain was responsible for recruiting her to the opposition:

According to Sturgis, who denies that he ever worked for the Mob, he recruited Lorenz while she was living with Castro. “Fidel would lay a snake if it wriggled,” says Sturgis, “and she was one of the snakes. I tried to get her to poison Fidel, but she backed off because she was in love with the son of a bitch.”

Several weeks later she found she was pregnant. Concerned that her parents would be scandalised, she was reassured by Castro that he would take care of her, promising a house and a life in the fledgeling communist state. What happened next is still unclear. Factions among Castro’s entourage became suspicious of his teenage lover, especially as her mother was now working for US intelligence.

Though conflicting evidence made it difficult to determine what became of the baby. But in early October of 1959, when she was seven and a half months pregnant, she was slipped a Mickey in a glass of milk. When she came to, she was in the doctor’s office, told the baby was fine, and given an injection. When she awoke the second time, though, she was notified that the baby “had to be taken away because of Fidel’s enemies.”

“Fidel wasn’t there for any of this,” she said. “He was on the other side of the island.”

To this day she is unsure whether Castro or the CIA ordered the operation, but suspects that it was the latter.

According to an F.B.I. report on December 3, 1959, Lorenz told the agents that she had had a miscarriage after her return to Havana in the spring of 1959. “Miss Lorenz stated that she is not too clear on the details of this matter . . . but she has been told rumours that she had been drugged, taken to a hospital and an abortion was performed. . . . Miss Lorenz stated that it was after this miscarriage and the reaction of Fidel Castro, that she turned against him.”

Those close to her, including her mother and Sturgis, continued to imbue her with the idea that Castro was evil, with her mother even penning a story for Confidential magazine entitled “Fidel Castro Raped My Daughter.”

“I was in the spy business before I knew it,” she said. Wounded by Castro’s treatment of her, Sturgis and her mother eventually got their wish.

Frank Sturgis’ mug shot after Watergate break-in arrest. (Google Images)

Broken by the experience, she fled back to America, where she says a concerted attempt was made to recruit her into American counter-intelligence. One of her handlers was a man she met in Cuba, a mercenary with both US intelligence and Mafia links who had fallen out with Castro. More than 10 years later the same man, Frank Sturgis, was arrested for breaking into the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building on June 18, 1972.

Sturgis presented her with a photograph of a dead and mutilated foetus on a bedspread that looked like those in the former Havana Hilton, now the Habana Libre. “He did that to you,” she recalls him saying.

Whether it was the Mafia or the CIA who ordered an assassination attempt on Castro in 1960 remains unclear.

Lorenz says she was brainwashed into going back to Cuba to carry out the assassination attempt.

She trained for her mission, dubbed Operation 40, in Miami, and before she knew it, she was on a plane to Havana. She was given was given two botulism-toxin pills that looked like “white gelatin capsules,” which would kill him in 30 seconds, along with the “guts pill” she’d been ordered to swallow before leaving. “It’s some kind of shit the C.I.A. gives you,” she said, “that makes you feel very strong, courageous, indifferent. Like speed.”

But even with the guts pill, Lorenz’s mission was toast. “I knew the minute I saw the outline of Havana I couldn’t do it,” she said.

Even if she had had the will to go through with her mission, she had already botched it, having stashed the capsules in a jar of cold cream. When she looked for them, “they were all gunked up. I fished them out and flushed them down the bidet.” When Castro finally appeared, he was wary. “Why did you leave so suddenly?” was his first question, she says. “ ‘Are you running around with those counterrevolutionaries in Miami?’ I said yes. I tried to play it cool. The most nervous I have ever been was in that room because I had agents on standby and I had to watch my timing. I had enough hours to stay with him, order a meal, kill him, and prevent him from making a speech that night, which was already pre-announced.

“He was very tired and wanted to sleep. . . . He was chewing a cigar, and he laid down on the bed and said, ‘Did you come here to kill me?’ Just like that. I was standing at the edge of the bed. I said, ‘Yes. I wanted to see you.’ And he said, ‘That’s good. That’s good.’ ”

Castro asked if she was working for the CIA, to which Lorenz replied “not really. I work for myself.”

Then he leant over, pulled out his .45, and handed it to me. I flipped the chamber out and hit it back. He didn’t even flinch. And he said, ‘You can’t kill me. Nobody can kill me.’ And he kind of smiled and chewed on his cigar…. I felt deflated. He was so sure of me. He just grabbed me.

The couple made love, fuelled by her guilt and repressed passions. She contemplated staying—to try talking to him later, after his speech, but it would be too late, because he rambles on for 8, 10, 12 hours. That was the hardest part. I wanted him to beg me to stay, but he got dressed and left. I just sat there by myself awhile. I left him a note. I told him that I would be back.”

Lorenz was not done with Castro—she saw him and had sex with him—a few more times over the years.

On her last real visit to Havana, in 1988, she stayed 10 days. Her son, she says, was in Nicaragua working as a medic for victims of the contras. She claims that she saw Fidel one night and that they made love—for the last time. “The last mercy hump,” she says with a laugh. “That was it. It began with him and ended with him.”

Afterwards, she returned to America, uncertain how she would be received.

Monica Mercedes Pérez Jiménez is the daughter of a Venezuelan president and a Germany spy who worked for the CIA. Monica Mercedes Pérez Jiménez has a life story with more twists and turns than a Cold War thriller, a Hollywood movie and a conspiracy buff’s fondest dream. The New Yorker, now living in Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, is the daughter of the German spy Marita Lorenz, dubbed “the Mata Hari of the Caribbean,” who had an affair with Fidel Castro and then was recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. Raymond Hamlin Photography

According to her account, she remained involved with the CIA for nearly 20 years. In the early Sixties, she claims to have joined Sturgis on a gun-running expedition to Texas that also involved Howard Hunt, another of the Watergate conspirators. Depositing the weapons at Hunt’s apartment, she was introduced to a man she now knows to be Lee Harvey Oswald and believes that the Kennedy assassination was ordered by the Mafia, angry that they had lost their powerful gambling interests in Cuba and that Kennedy had allowed Castro to survive.

She later had a son by a CIA agent and a daughter by a former president of Venezuela, Marcos Perez Jimenez. “Don’t think I collect dictators,” she says. “I had no idea who he was. He was just a nice middle-aged South American man who got me drunk on German wine.”

It was working with the C.I.A in Miami in conjunction with anti-Castro groups that she met the exiled dictator of Venezuela Marcos Pérez Jiménez, who had gotten away from the country with vast amounts of stolen money. Because one dictator isn’t enough, she fell in love with him too. A month later she was pregnant. Again. Her daughter Monica was born in March 1962. Despite Jiménez’s vast wealth, scheming on behalf of his lawyer David Walters made sure that she never got a cent of his money. When he was extradited back to Venezuela for five easy years in prison, she was left broke and alone.

She wanted to kill Walters but was convinced not to by Sturgis. She went back to gun-running instead. It was in the summer of 1962 at a training camp she met a guy called ‘Ozzie’, better known as Lee Harvey Oswald, who before he apparently killed Kennedy, worked with both pro and anti-Castro groups. In a testament that has been disproven by official records, she claims to have gotten in a car with Sturgis, Oswald and others on a car journey from Miami to Dallas carrying guns necessary for Kennedy’s assassination.

Along the way, she (bizarrely) met Jack Ruby, who of course, became famous for murdering Oswald. She got in a fight with Ruby, had had enough of being there, and asked Sturgis for fare money home. The next day Kennedy was killed. She would spend the next twenty years in and out of court being investigated for any potential involvement, of which no concrete evidence was found.

In 1973 Watergate happened and involved many of the same players Lorenz was associated with, most notably her old friend Frank Sturgis. When he got out of jail he decided to tell the press everything about his time as a double agent, most notably his involvement in the attempt on Castro’s life. Naturally, and much to her consternation, Lorenz was implicated. Despite getting a $320,000 advance for a book regarding the story, Lorenz claims that there were multiple attempts on her life, including a suspicious hit-and-run, a mysterious fire in her apartment, and an apparent poisoning.

When she moved to Connecticut to get away from the heat, her house was shot down by automatic gunfire. In 1977, her mother died from unknown causes, something Lorenz claims was a deliberate assassination by the C.I.A. stemming from her knowing too much. In the will, her mother left a photo of her son Andre, her lovechild from Fidel Castro. He was alive and lived in Cuba.

Panicked, harried and fearing for her life, claiming that she was being constantly monitored by the FBI, she went to the Cuban mission in New York, and was granted a visa to go to Havana in 1981. She was met by a grey-haired Castro, who allowed her to see her son:

“I just looked, and, my God, it’s alive. It’s real. My God, it’s mine. It’s got my mouth, my eyes. Oh, God, it’s got Fidel’s nose. The first thing I noticed was his white, white skin and Fidel’s curly hair. And I started to cry.”

After spending the night with Castro, she had breakfast with her son. That would be the last time she ever saw him. She went to Cuba one more time in 1988 but her son was posted at that time in Nicaragua.

Her links with the CIA ended in 1976 when she was granted immunity from prosecution. She claims to have met Castro twice since the end of their affair.

In November 1977, Lorenz gave an interview to the New York Daily News in which she claimed that a group called Operation 40, that included Lee Harvey OswaldOrlando Bosch and Frank Sturgis, were involved in a conspiracy to kill both John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro.

Marita Lorenz told the New York Daily News that her companions on the car trip from Miami to Dallas were Oswald, CIA contact agent Frank Sturgis, Cuban exile leaders Orlando Bosch and Pedro Diaz Lanz, and two Cuban brothers whose names she did not know.

She said that they were members of Operation 40, a secret guerrilla group originally formed by the CIA in 1960 in preparation for the Bay of Pigs invasion…

Lorenz described Operation 40 as an “assassination squad” consisting of about 30 anti-Castro Cubans and their American advisors. She claimed the group conspired to kill Cuban Premier Fidel Castro and President Kennedy, whom it blamed for the Bay of Pigs fiasco…

She said Oswald… visited an Operation 40 training camp in the Florida Everglades. The next time she saw him, Lorenz said, was… in the Miami home of Orlando Bosch, who is now in a Venezuelan prison on murder charges in connection with the explosion and crash of a Cuban jetliner that killed 73 persons last year.

Lorenz claimed that this meeting was attended by Sturgis, Oswald, Bosch and Diaz Lanz, former Chief of the Cuban Air Force. She said the men spread Dallas street maps on a table and studied them…

She said they left for Dallas in two cars soon after the meeting. They took turns driving, she said, and the 1,300-mile trip took about two days. She added that they carried weapons – “rifles and scopes” – in the cars…

Sturgis reportedly recruited Lorenz for the CIA in 1959 while she was living with Castro in Havana. She later fled Cuba but returned on two secret missions. The first was to steal papers from Castro’s suite in the Havana Hilton; the second mission was to kill him with a poison capsule, but it dissolved while concealed in ajar of cold cream.

Informed of her story, Sturgis said: “To the best of my knowledge, I never met Oswald.”

Gaeton Fonzi interviewed her for his book, The Last Investigation (1993): “According to his FBI contact, Marita herself volunteered, going through the nightly trash in search of useful information. Despite the fact that she was living in a luxury apartment when I first met her, Lorenz and her fourteen-year-old daughter, the illegitimate child of former Venezuelan President Marcos Pérez Jímenez, were collecting welfare from the State of New York. Lorenz had met the wealthy ex-dictator in Miami in 1961, two years before he was arrested and deported to Spain. “Marcos said he wanted to meet me because he knew I was Fidel’s girl,” she told me. “He chased me and I finally gave in.” Years later, on the Geraldo TV show, she would claim Jímenez was “an assignment” from the CIA.) In 1970, Lorenz had married the manager of an apartment building near the United Nations. Since many of the units were rented to members of the Soviet and Soviet bloc UN delegations, the FBI recruited her husband as a paid informant. According to his FBI contact, Marita herself volunteered, going through the nightly trash in search of useful information. She eventually split with her husband, remarried and then took up with a Mob enforcer, who ensconced her in the

“He chased me and I finally gave in.” Years later, on the Geraldo TV show, she would claim Jímenez was “an assignment” from the CIA.) In 1970, Lorenz had married the manager of an apartment building near the United Nations. Since many of the units were rented to members of the Soviet and Soviet bloc UN delegations, the FBI recruited her husband as a paid informant. According to his FBI contact, Marita herself volunteered, going through the nightly trash in search of useful information. She eventually split with her husband, remarried and then took up with a Mob enforcer, who ensconced her in the upper East Side digs. Unfortunately, after setting her up, her paramour was irregular in providing financial support, probably due to the nature of his business. However, Marita had managed to survive over the years by being a paid informant for local and Federal police agencies, including the FBI, US Customs and the DEA. For Marita Lorenz, life was lived on the edge.

Lorenz also testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations where she claimed that Sturgis had been one of the gunmen who fired on John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The committee dismissed her testimony, as they were unable to find any other evidence to support it.

Decades later, Lorenz says that Fidel Castro was the great love of her life, despite her claim that he wasn’t a good lover. “He was more interested during the caresses than during the sexual act itself. But dictators are all like that,” she says from experience, having also had a relationship with the Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez.

“Fidel was a narcissist. He loved to look at himself in the mirror while he stroked his beard. He lacked self-confidence, or rather, he needed adulation and pampering, like a little boy,” she said, denying that she feels any resentment toward the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

Lorenz lived in Suite 2408 in the Havana Hilton (the hotel where Fidel, Raul and Ernesto Che Guevara were also living) between March and November of 1959, a time when Fidel Castro still had not broken off relations with the United States nor become linked with the USSR.

Castro’s lover was aware that the relationship would not end in marriage. “I’m married to Cuba,” he told her. However, she was soon pregnant, and although her son was supposedly taken away from her, she met him in 1981: “I saw him when I visited Fidel the last time, after 20 years of separation,” she said. “They told me I’d undergone an abortion, but the gynecologist in New York told me I had given birth. What they said about an abortion was false. My pregnancy was almost full-term and my son was born when I was in a coma in Cuba. He is a boy. He grew up there and is called Andres Vazquez.”

It was during her pregnancy when she came into contact with the CIA indirectly through Frank Sturgis, an American who presented himself as an ally of Fidel, although in reality he was allied with Batista and defending the interests of the mafia in Cuban casinos.

“He said he could help me and, in return, asked me many things. To get rid of him, I ended up giving him documents that Fidel threw in the trash and that, in my opinion, were of no interest. But that seemed to satisfy him,” she recalls.

In October 1959, after a poisoning attempt she gave birth to her son and after a few months hospitalized in the United States she returned to the island at the end of the same year, having already become a spy.

During her convalescence, she joined the anti-Castro side motivated by her conversations with the FBI, which supposedly asked her to assassinate Castro in 1961. “Oh, my little German,” Fidel greeted her, knowing she was going to kill him. “He handed me his gun and I took it. Then, looking into my eyes, he said to me… ‘No one can kill me’ He was right I dropped the gun and I felt liberated.”

Despite not meeting their expectations – “They explained that if he had been killed they would not have had to launch the Bay of Pigs operation” – Lorenz remained linked for years to espionage: “I came to know in Miami, at a meeting of those anti-Castro, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was implicated in the Kennedy assassination. But he was not alone, I’m sure there was someone else. In my view there was a plot to kill the president,” she believes.

Now 77 years, the former spy lives in Queens (New York) in a semi-basement and wants to return to Germany to reunite with her son Mark, from her relationship with the Venezuelan dictator Perez Jimenez. “He has a job there because he is going to run a museum devoted to the secret services.”

Impoverished and forgotten, she lives in a run-down apartment and survives on $411 (£290) a month social security and a diet of doughnuts from the deli next door.

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