When Ritter and Strauch landed on Floreana, the volcanic island proved unforgiving and harsh, subject to droughts and blistering heat, the pair managed to carve a home for themselves among the elements. She was 15 years younger than the doctor. No teeth til Eden Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. He brought with him one of his patients, Dore Strauch: both of them left spouses behind. The couple, who were both married to other people the time, shared a distaste for their humdrum domestic lives.

Dore Strauch and Friedrich Ritter (1932) © Filmmaker Magazine Formed by volcanic activity, the Galapagos archipelago is made up of 13 major islands, with seven smaller islands. The pair met when Ritter treated her for multiple sclerosis. It did not go well.

ADVERTISEMENT. He was either too ignorant or too indolent to build a house, so he claimed that living in a house was unsanitary.

He announced his intention to live 150 years or more. Many people came to visit them, and some intended to stay, but the hard life … In 1928, a German couple named Dr. Frederick Ritter and Dore Strauch showed up with a plan to create a utopia for two. Prior to his arrival on Floreana, Ritter began treating a woman named Dore Strauch. Image: ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images. The fact that he had just stolen another man's wife, Dore Loergin [sic, Dore Strauch Koerwin] may have made the far places more alluring. They set up a homestead on Floreana Island and worked very hard there, moving heavy lava rocks, planting fruits and vegetables and raising chickens. Charges were never brought against Margaret or Dore, but the latter didn’t hang around: after Ritter’s death she returned to Germany, where she was admitted to a mental institute. He took the dame to Floreana and set up housekeeping under a tin roof. They became international celebrities: the rugged doctor and his lover, living on a far-off island.