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Vers with a riding crop a pearl handled revolver and insatiable sexual demands terrorising other settlers Her mysterious disappearance and the discovery of unidentified bodies on a nearby island perplexed the world Now The Galapagos Affair unravels the whole incredible stor This is an odd little story of a group of people living on the Galapagos in the 1930's Stranger than fiction the book details the drama on the island of different personalities with their own vision of Eden It was an engaging read Elektrotechnik unidentified bodies on a nearby island perplexed the world Now The Galapagos Affair Letters of Fyodor Dostoevsky to his family and friends unravels the whole incredible stor This is an odd little story of a group of people living on the Galapagos in the 1930's Stranger than fiction the book details the drama on the island of different personalities with their own vision of Eden It was an engaging read

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Over half a century ago fanciful and exotic stories began to appear in the world's press about settlers on the remote Galapagos island of Floreana The tales were of nudism free love communes stainless steel dentures a latter day Garden of Eden But the truth was even strange 35 stars Last week I watched an excellent documentary film The Galapagos Affair Satan Came to Eden I had read this book twenty years ago while visiting the Galapagos as well as some other books about the unusual people and bizarre events that occurred there involving the earliest settlers to the dry volcanic island of Floreana I wanted to re read the book as the film showed photos of the inhabitants I had not seen as well as short film taken at the time also interviews The settlement started in 1932 and of the 9 people who originally lived in 3 separate areas by 1934 four were dead by mysterious means Others who had come to visit and to bring gifts and supplies to the inhabitants often were forced to flee the island The first two families did not get along The first settlers were a German couple Dr Ritter and his mistress Dora Strauch who left their married spouses to find solitude Dr Ritter fancied himself a philosopher and believed women should be subservient There was a lot of hostility and later emotional and some physical abuse of Dora Sensational press stories drew people to the island The next settlers were the Wittmers a father his pregnant wife and a a sickly teenaged son The two families did not get along Yachts and scientific vessels often dropped off gifts and supplies for these people and reporters were anxious to interview them The next to settle was a woman who claimed to be a Baroness who arrived with 3 lovers slaves servants She carried guns and a whip and soon claimed to be Empress of Floreana Some coming to shore to hunt and study the vegetation were run off at gun point after being told she owned the deserted fishing shelter and all the animals She made life miserable for the original families stealing their supplies opening their mail and making threats She even took shipwrecked honeymooners and the ship crew prisoner at gun point It was obvious she was mistreating the man who was her favourite Lorenz by whipping starving and forcing him to do most of the work He was replaced in her affections by a second man Philippson who helped her mistreat Lorenz but he also started showing up with wounds Dr Ritter was frightened and wrote to the Governor for help regarding the 'Baroness' who seemed to be out of control and was regarded as a sex maniac After several pleas to the Governor he finally arrived on Floreana with an interpreter named Arends The Governor instead of helping the two families took the 'Baroness' on a holiday to another island much to everyone's dismay Soon Arends moved in with the Baroness and her other men There was a hunting party set up by the 'Empress' A German journalist was on the island with his brother Linde who was considered very handsome Apparently the 'Baroness' planned to shoot Linde in the leg as she bragged that is how she tamed animals by nursing them back to health and it would be a good way to capture men The gun misfired and Arends was badly wounded and she looked after him instead In 1934 the 'Baroness' and Philippson vanished leaving their belongings behind It was believed they were murdered Everyone had motives and told conflicting stories about their knowledge of events surrounding the disappearance Even minor events of their time on the island were described very differently by participants Lorenz was suspected of the murders by the both families but he was so sick and weak at the time it doesn't seem likely Dora Strauch and Margaret Wittmers seemed to know something but their stories were contradictory or evasive Not long after Dr Ritter died of poison Again Dora and Margaret's stories of his last hours were very different The book shows that everyone or anyone could be guilty The narrative seemed rather disjointed but it leaves us with a fascinating mystery Ludwigs Zimmer unusual people and bizarre events that occurred there involving the earliest settlers to the dry volcanic island of Floreana I wanted to re read the book as the film showed photos of the inhabitants I had not seen as well as short film taken at the time also interviews The settlement started in 1932 and of the 9 people who originally lived in 3 separate areas by 1934 four were dead by mysterious means Others who had come to visit and to bring gifts and supplies to the inhabitants often were forced to flee the island The first two families did not get along The first settlers were a German couple Dr Ritter and his mistress Dora Strauch who left their married spouses to find solitude Dr Ritter fancied himself a philosopher and believed women should be subservient There was a lot of hostility and later emotional and some physical abuse of Dora Sensational press stories drew people to the island The next settlers were the Wittmers a father his pregnant wife and a a sickly teenaged son The two families did not get along Yachts and scientific vessels often dropped off gifts and supplies for these people and reporters were anxious to interview them The next to settle was a woman who claimed to be a Baroness who arrived with 3 lovers slaves servants She carried guns and a whip and soon claimed to be Empress of Floreana Some coming to shore to hunt and study the vegetation were run off at gun point after being told she owned the deserted fishing shelter and all the animals She made life miserable for the original families stealing their supplies opening their mail and making threats She even took shipwrecked honeymooners and the ship crew prisoner at gun point It was obvious she was mistreating the man who was her favourite Lorenz by whipping starving and forcing him to do most of the work He was replaced in her affections by a second man Philippson who helped her mistreat Lorenz but he also started showing MacArthur: America's General (The Generals Series) up with wounds Dr Ritter was frightened and wrote to the Governor for help regarding the 'Baroness' who seemed to be out of control and was regarded as a sex maniac After several pleas to the Governor he finally arrived on Floreana with an interpreter named Arends The Governor instead of helping the two families took the 'Baroness' on a holiday to another island much to everyone's dismay Soon Arends moved in with the Baroness and her other men There was a hunting party set Es war einmal ein Mord up by the 'Empress' A German journalist was on the island with his brother Linde who was considered very handsome Apparently the 'Baroness' planned to shoot Linde in the leg as she bragged that is how she tamed animals by nursing them back to health and it would be a good way to capture men The gun misfired and Arends was badly wounded and she looked after him instead In 1934 the 'Baroness' and Philippson vanished leaving their belongings behind It was believed they were murdered Everyone had motives and told conflicting stories about their knowledge of events surrounding the disappearance Even minor events of their time on the island were described very differently by participants Lorenz was suspected of the murders by the both families but he was so sick and weak at the time it doesn't seem likely Dora Strauch and Margaret Wittmers seemed to know something but their stories were contradictory or evasive Not long after Dr Ritter died of poison Again Dora and Margaret's stories of his last hours were very different The book shows that everyone or anyone could be guilty The narrative seemed rather disjointed but it leaves Bruder Kemal us with a fascinating mystery

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R Friedrich Ritter an eccentric German intellectual and his long suffering companion Dora Strauch were the first arrivals Once established they were soon joined by others Most bizarre and dangerous was the self styled Baroness Wagner Bosuet She ruled her three young male lo Read while sailing around the Galapagos Islands fascinating


10 thoughts on “The Galapagos Affair

  1. says:

    read in AprilI've posted about this book along with the two others mentioned here which should actually be read together for a complete picture at my reading journal If however you're at all interested Treherne's account will still make sense without having to read the others since he uite deftly summarizes both memoirs without leaving out anything important After he had read various accounts about the strange mystery of the disappearing Baroness that took place on the small island of Floreana in the Galapagos archipelago in the 1930s the author decided that he would set out to follow the clues and solve the mystery Using accounts by two women who were there at the time Floreana by Margret Wittmer and Satan Came to Eden A Survivor's Account of the Galapagos Affair by Dore Strauch the author also turns to outside independent accounts to try to figure out what actually happened He also examines whether or not the death of Dore Strauch's lover Friedrich Ritter was an accident or a murder It's a sordid and twisted set of tales and definitely a book worth reading if you're into historical true crime


  2. says:

    35 stars Last week I watched an excellent documentary film The Galapagos Affair Satan Came to Eden I had read this book twenty years ago while visiting the Galapagos as well as some other books about the unusual people and bizarre events that occurred there involving the earliest settlers to the dry volcanic island of Floreana I wanted to re read the book as the film showed photos of the inhabitants I had not seen as well as short film taken at the time also interviews The settlement started in 1932 and of the 9 people who originally lived in 3 separate areas by 1934 four were dead by mysterious means Others who had come to visit and to bring gifts and supplies to the inhabitants often were forced to flee the island The first two families did not get along The first settlers were a German couple Dr Ritter and his mistress Dora Strauch who left their married spouses to find solitude Dr Ritter fancied himself a philosopher and believed women should be subservient There was a lot of hostility and later emotional and some physical abuse of Dora Sensational press stories drew people to the island The next settlers were the Wittmers a father his pregnant wife and a a sickly teenaged son The two families did not get along Yachts and scientific vessels often dropped off gifts and supplies for these people and reporters were anxious to interview them The next to settle was a woman who claimed to be a Baroness who arrived with 3 lovers slaves servants? She carried guns and a whip and soon claimed to be Empress of Floreana Some coming to shore to hunt and study the vegetation were run off at gun point after being told she owned the deserted fishing shelter and all the animals She made life miserable for the original families stealing their supplies opening their mail and making threats She even took shipwrecked honeymooners and the ship crew prisoner at gun point It was obvious she was mistreating the man who was her favourite Lorenz by whipping starving and forcing him to do most of the work He was replaced in her affections by a second man Philippson who helped her mistreat Lorenz but he also started showing up with wounds Dr Ritter was frightened and wrote to the Governor for help regarding the 'Baroness' who seemed to be out of control and was regarded as a sex maniac After several pleas to the Governor he finally arrived on Floreana with an interpreter named Arends The Governor instead of helping the two families took the 'Baroness' on a holiday to another island much to everyone's dismay Soon Arends moved in with the Baroness and her other men There was a hunting party set up by the 'Empress' A German journalist was on the island with his brother Linde who was considered very handsome Apparently the 'Baroness' planned to shoot Linde in the leg as she bragged that is how she tamed animals by nursing them back to health and it would be a good way to capture men The gun misfired and Arends was badly wounded and she looked after him instead In 1934 the 'Baroness' and Philippson vanished leaving their belongings behind It was believed they were murdered Everyone had motives and told conflicting stories about their knowledge of events surrounding the disappearance Even minor events of their time on the island were described very differently by participants Lorenz was suspected of the murders by the both families but he was so sick and weak at the time it doesn't seem likely Dora Strauch and Margaret Wittmers seemed to know something but their stories were contradictory or evasive Not long after Dr Ritter died of poison Again Dora and Margaret's stories of his last hours were very different The book shows that everyone or anyone could be guilty The narrative seemed rather disjointed but it leaves us with a fascinating mystery


  3. says:

    I suspect that the odd characters in this book have been obscured by the momentous events that immediately followed their escapades making them merely footnotes in world history I can’t say anything profound about this book except that I hope never to meet anyone remotely resembling any of the denizens of this island


  4. says:

    Floreana is one of the islands in Judith Schalansky's Atlas of Remote Islands the scene of murder suicide or some unexplained events The Galapagos Affair she called it That rang a bell And yes I had indeed purchased The Galapagos Affair during a Darwinian phase I went through It had been waiting patiently and unread on a shelfEver get in the mood where you've had enough? Enough traffic? Enough supervision? Enough rules regulations unsolicited mail government? Enough well people?In 1929 Friedrich and Dore had had enough Friedrich was a doctor and dentist with a pretention to becoming the next great philosopher a neo Nietzsche Dore a teacher with Multiple Sclerosis went to him for treatment Unconventionally Friedrich 'cured' her by training her power of will Or so she believed Friedrich had a dim view of people and things He convinced Dore to chuck it all and flee with him to a remote island in the Galapagos where they could have their own Utopia They left their respective spouses and families and off they wentThey became celebrated despite their flight People thrilled to stories of Adam and Eve in their nudist idyll So others followed another German family and then a 'Baroness' with two lovers It may seem obvious in retrospect but people who will flee society to live in solitude will not get along with other people sharing the same visionBad stuff happens Was it murder suicide accident? The author does a better job of telling the story than of unraveling the mysteryAfter it all Dore returns to civilization which in her circumstance was Nazi Germany What would Darwin have thought about that?


  5. says:

    So people were completely crazy even back in the 1930s I'll go with what Paul Theroux had to say about this bookThis is a brilliant tale of mysteryIt has a sex mad baroness a crackpot philosopher a number of pirates some pioneers and some nudists It also has deaths and disappareances; and mayhem; and a man who believes it is possible to live exclusively on figsIf you've visited the Galapagos Islands you will want to read this


  6. says:

    Read while sailing around the Galapagos Islands fascinating


  7. says:

    Interesting but a little too detailed and long


  8. says:

    I'm trying to follow my friend's lead and rate each book according to Goodread's standards 3 stars I liked it Even though I was anticipating really liking or even thinking it was amazing I may have to check out books in the Robinsonade genre soon


  9. says:

    This is an odd little story of a group of people living on the Galapagos in the 1930's Stranger than fiction the book details the drama on the island of different personalities with their own vision of Eden It was an engaging read


  10. says:

    This is truly a stranger than fiction book Simply unbelievable and written in a very engaging style