In 1929 an eccentric doctor, Friedrich Ritter and his mistress, Dore Strauch Koerwin, left Berlin to start a life on an uninhabited island in the Galápagos. They wrote articles about their life, surviving on nothing but hard work, philosophy and vegetables. Soon, more people followed to experience the same lifestyle. When a boisterous self-proclaimed Viennese baroness and her two lovers arrived on Floreana Island, tension rose. When she picked her favourite lover and crowned herself as Empress of the Galápagos, a storm erupted.
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Hancock-Pacific Galapagos Expedition: The Empress of the Galapagos 1933-1935
Der Galapagos Krimi – Ein Drama unter deutschen Aussteigern
The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Paradise
Smithsonian Institution Archives
Cannibalism, nude Germans and a murder mystery: The secret history of the Galapagos
Unsolvable Mystery: Captain Hancock and the Case of the Quarrelsome Castaways
Love, Jealousy add to the Mystery of Death on ‘Enchanted Isles’
Das Ende der Galapagos Affaere
Created & Produced by Sonya Lowe
Narrated by Noel Vinson
Audio editing: Blackwell Post
Music: “Nordic Medieval” by Marcus Bressler
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This True Crime Podcast was researched using open source or archive materials.