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$1M offered for missing Wizard of Oz slippers

By T.K. Randall
July 13, 2015 · Comment icon 17 comments



One of the pairs of slippers used in the film. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Chris Evans
An anomyous millionnaire has offered a huge reward to help identify who stole Dororthy's ruby slippers.
One of only four known pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the original 'Wizard of Oz' movie, the priceless footwear had been on display at the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota ten years ago when they were stolen by an unknown perpetrator who has since remained at large.

The case remains one of the most enduring criminal mysteries of recent years and police are no closer to recovering the slippers or determining who stole them.

At the time there were indications that the slippers may have been stolen by a gang of local youths however despite an offer of $250,000 for their safe return nobody ever came forward to claim it.
Believing that the slippers may have been stashed somewhere police officers conducted thorough searches of several locations including a local mine pit however no sign of them was ever found.

Fast forward ten years and now a wealthy Wizard of Oz fan has offered a $1 million reward for anyone who can help the authorities locate the slippers and catch the person responsible.

"If the slippers are sitting in a closet somewhere, somebody knows," said Judy Garland Museum board member Jon Miner. "And not just the perpetrator. We're hoping to smoke them out."

It is believed that the slippers are now worth between $2 and $3 million.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (17)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 8 years ago
Hopefully the thief comes forward.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ealdwita 8 years ago
And while you're looking, keep your eyes open for...... 3 Harley choppers from the film Easy Rider A golden gun from the film Man With the Golden....you get the idea One of the 5 or so copies of The Maltese Falcon 4 Spiderman suits One of Deckard's sci-fi guns from Blade Runner And last, but not least 2 Oscar statuettes, stolen from a delivery van in 2000. (PM me if you find anything)
Comment icon #10 Posted by Maureen_jacobs 8 years ago
Though Michael Jacksons estate owned them
Comment icon #11 Posted by grandfunkrailroad 8 years ago
You goptta have one hell of a shoe fetish to put down a million bucks for a pair of used shoes
Comment icon #12 Posted by Leonardo 8 years ago
*quietly clicks his heels 3 times*
Comment icon #13 Posted by Flashbangwallop 8 years ago
Freetoroams mutt done ate em I know a guilty dog when I see one.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Ealdwita 8 years ago
Anyone tried looking in Kansas?
Comment icon #15 Posted by spud the mackem 8 years ago
And while you're looking, keep your eyes open for...... 3 Harley choppers from the film Easy Rider A golden gun from the film Man With the Golden....you get the idea One of the 5 or so copies of The Maltese Falcon 4 Spiderman suits One of Deckard's sci-fi guns from Blade Runner And last, but not least 2 Oscar statuettes, stolen from a delivery van in 2000. (PM me if you find anything) Oh dear, you forgot the "Holy Grail", which is really disguised as the Rugby World Cup. I touched it once and a loud voice said "keep your hands Off you filthy Englishman"
Comment icon #16 Posted by Zalmoxis 8 years ago
That is unfortunate. Perhaps someone wearing red lipstick took the red slippers because rhymes rule the universe.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Maureen_jacobs 8 years ago
I think you can find them on DB Coopers feet!


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