Betty Farmer Chapman

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CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • Wartime spy
  • British double spy
  • Health Farm owner
Spouse(s)Eddie Chapman

Betty Farmer Chapman (also known as Mrs ZigZag) was the wife of Eddie Chapman, a wartime, British double spy.


Betty met Eddie in 1939. At that time, he was a bank robber on the run from Scotland Yard. The two were dining at the Hotel de la Plage, when Eddie saw undercover police approaching him. He made a spectacular exit through the dining room window (which was shut at the time).[1]

Betty did not see Eddie for the next six years. She thought that he was dead, until he found her at the end of the Second World War. When he proposed Betty had doubts, but the two got married on October 9, 1947 in London. [2]Their daughter Suzanne was born in 1954. The two remained married for more than fifty years, until Eddie died in 1997.

Betty was always aware about Eddie's love affairs. In 2013 a book was published about Betty's life, co-written by Betty and Ronald L. Bonewitz.[2] In the book, her marriage with Eddie is described as often fraught but ultimately loving relationship.[2] She also mentioned that she had her own love affairs as well.[2] Ultimately, the life with Eddie was an adventure as she mentioned in the book.[2]

Second World War

During the Second World War, Betty was driving an ambulance and working in a factory producing war materials.[3]

After the War

Betty and her husband bought a health farm at Shenley Lodge, in Rectory Lane and they continued to run the farm until the late 1970s.[4] In addition, the couple owned a castle in Ireland. Betty was also the owner of a beauty business and the friend of many film stars as well as the honoured guest of Middle Eastern royalty.[2]


  1. Elder, Jeff (2017-02-28). "Wait, what? How a double-agent codenamed Zigzag two-timed everyone". Diff. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Betty Chapman, Ronald L. Bonewitz (2014). Mrs Zigzag : the extraordinary life of a secret agent's wife. ISBN 9780752488134.
  3. Warren, Jane (2013-04-19). "The amazing life of Mrs Zigzag". Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  4. "Wartime spy zig-zagged his way to Shenley home". Watford Observer. Retrieved 2021-03-18.

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