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August 30th, 2005, 12:18 AM
Judy Garland's Famed Ruby Slippers Stolen

Mon Aug 29, 5:47 PM ET


GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" and insured for $1 million is missing from a Grand Rapids museum.

Police Chief Leigh Serfling said the slippers were stolen late Saturday or early Sunday. Someone entered the museum through a window and broke into the small display case holding the slippers.

"There's not a whole lot of evidence," Serfling said. "We're hoping that someone in the community has seen something."

Children's Discovery Museum director John Kelsch said the slippers belong to a Los Angeles man who loaned them to the museum for several weeks this summer.

The children's museum houses the Judy Garland museum, which displayed the same pair of slippers last year. Garland was born in Grand Rapids in 1922.

"The slippers are a major attraction at our museum," Kelsch said in a news release Monday. "It is our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately."

Four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the movie are known to exist, including one pair on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Another pair sold at Christie's auction house in 2000 for $666,000.

August 30th, 2005, 09:44 AM
He stole them back.

Good way to get some insurance $$.....

August 30th, 2005, 11:01 AM
APB: Suspect ?


August 30th, 2005, 12:49 PM
Another pair sold at Christie's auction house in 2000 for $666,000.I hope the wife never reads this.

TLOZ Link5
August 30th, 2005, 01:05 PM
Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating the potential ringleader of the heist:


August 30th, 2005, 01:12 PM
APB -- This potential suspect has also been seen in the guise below (and has been known to consort with other well-known individuals):


August 30th, 2005, 03:27 PM
Time to bring in the big guns.


August 30th, 2005, 04:16 PM
Can we nominate "classic" threads at WNY? This is priceless.

TLOZ Link5
August 30th, 2005, 05:36 PM
In case the suspect decides to change her appearance so as to detract attention:


August 30th, 2005, 06:06 PM
APB -- the slippers in question:


August 30th, 2005, 06:14 PM
Authorities have submitted the photo below of another possible culprit, although this fellow is thought to be fairly "simple" and without the brains to pull off such a caper on his own (additional accomplices may be involved):


Those with any information are asked to call 1.800.1-wizard; ask for the man behind the curtain.

August 30th, 2005, 06:57 PM
You did not know he was up for murder, did you.

Poor camels.

August 31st, 2005, 03:33 PM
It wasn't me :D

September 1st, 2005, 12:33 AM

Authorities have received a photograph from an anonymous source showing the recently purloined ruby slippers encased in a globe and surrounded by poppies.

One unnamed source stated that apparent clues, as yet undeciphered, were found within the photo. It is also thought that this might be a "ransom note", of sorts; an opening salvo the nefarious slipper thief.

http://store1.yimg.com/I/ftcollect_1856_252398541 (http://javascript<b></b>:makeWin('http://store1.yimg.com/I/ftcollect_1861_11988200',500,295);)

September 1st, 2005, 10:04 AM


TLOZ Link5
September 1st, 2005, 05:56 PM
That's right, blame it on the black man who's now a lot less black.

September 1st, 2005, 06:17 PM
You do have to admit that the RUBY slippers would look extra nice with the sequined socks:


September 1st, 2005, 06:19 PM
And even better with this whole set:


September 1st, 2006, 11:36 AM

Tragedy Strikes Ruby Slipper Community


In this time of great human tragedy in the United States, yet another tragedy occurred the same night that hurricane Katrina roared just offshore. While that horrible storm was in the process of making landfall on our southern states, changing everyones lives forever, another act was taking place on our northern border that most of America will never hear about. That is why I created this page.

There ARE real life wicked witches.

Sometime on the night/morning of August 27 - 28, 2005 a theft of monumental proportion, (as far as movie memorabilia is concerned) occurred that simply defies description.

Michael Shaw's original pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in THE WIZARD OF OZ were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota where they were to be displayed on loan through September 5th.

By all accounts, it would seem that the theft occurred by someone who either knew the museum, knew the ins and outs of the place or had been planning this for some time. The alarm on the building did not go off. It is reported that the shoes had been insured by the Judy Garland Museum for $1,000,000.00 prior to the exhibit as part of the agreement.
John Kelsch, director of the Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota said, "We're devastated," Kelsch said. "No one was hurt, no one was killed, no fire was set to the museum. And there's no reason to explain why anyone would do something like this -- except maybe to prove it could be done."
"Michael Shaw is a friend of this museum and has been a special guest at the Judy Garland Festival for years. The slippers are a major attraction at our museum, the birthplace of Judy Garland. It is our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately." http://rainbowz.deltacomm.com/rubyslipperfanclub/stolen_slippers.html

An open note to the person who took the shoes:

If you have the shoes, please be aware that the shoes were made in 1938/1939 and are approximately 66 years old. They were not made to last any length of time, they were made for a single movie. It is an amazing fact that the shoes actually still exist in the first place. The shoes were fragile when they were newly crafted - which can be explained by the number of copies of the shoes that were made.

Due to their age and condition, they should not be handled by bare hands. The oil created by your skin can easily damage the sequins possibly removing the dye used to make the sequins red. If it were attempted to put on a human foot at this point, the shoes would without a doubt burst at the seams. They were crafted from a basic satin pump with a silk overlay which was sewn on ...

September 1st, 2006, 11:02 PM
Hmmm, I guess I should give the shoes back.....;)

September 1st, 2006, 11:14 PM
Or else ...


September 1st, 2006, 11:20 PM
Flying Monkies! Nobody never told me about Flying Monkies! :eek: