Nazi spy or sad fantasist? Newly-released files finally shed light on the seaside B&B landlady sentenced to death for treason | Daily Mail Online

Unassuming: Dorothy O'Grady's neighbours knew her as a guest house landlady whose greatest pleasure was walking her Labrador, Rob

Unassuming: Dorothy O’Grady’s neighbours knew her as a guest house landlady whose greatest pleasure was walking her Labrador, Rob

To her neighbours, Dorothy O’Grady was a pleasant middle-aged woman who liked walking her Labrador around their sleepy seaside town.

So when the unassuming landlady of Osborne Villa in the Isle of Wight was suddenly arrested in 1940 on suspicion of being a Nazi spy, few believed it possible…

via Nazi spy or sad fantasist? Newly-released files finally shed light on the seaside B&B landlady sentenced to death for treason | Daily Mail Online

2 thoughts on “Nazi spy or sad fantasist? Newly-released files finally shed light on the seaside B&B landlady sentenced to death for treason | Daily Mail Online

  1. A totally new story to me, and one with a nice local angle for you.
    I notice from her arrest record that she was living in Star Street, Paddington, at one time. Even as late as 1985, when I was in the Ambulance Service, that street was known as a place where prostitutes operated from. I cannot believe she was a genuine spy, as her background and behaviour would have made her too unreliable. I tend to agree that the conclusion that she was a fantasist and publicity-seeker is more likely.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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