One summer day in August 1979, Carlos the Jackal, international terrorist and assassin, managed to lock himself out of his luxury hotel room in Prague, and got so angry that he started running along the corridors yelling and waving a large revolver.
The Venezuelan, born Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving a life sentence in France. But in the 1970s and early 1980s, he lived freely – and sometimes outrageously – under the watchful eye of the communist Czechoslovakian regime, making Prague’s Intercontinental Hotel his second home.
Another infamous guest at the hotel was Abu Daoud, the mastermind behind the Munich Olympic massacre, which took place 45 years ago this week. Daoud visited Prague eight times in the decade after the attack, seemingly with few concerns about his safety. Daoud hired prostitutes and drank heavily. In 1982 he got so drunk with the Iraqi intelligence envoy to Prague that he could hardly stand.