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Nosferatu director's skull goes missing

Posted on Monday, 20 July, 2015 | Comment icon 13 comments

Orava Castle in Slovakia was used in the film Nosferatu. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Wojsyl
Authorities have reported that the skull of film director FW Murnau has been stolen from his grave.
Best known for his seminal 1922 movie Nosferatu, an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that is still considered by many to be a masterpiece of Expressionist artwork, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau had long been interred at his family's plot in a cemetery in Germany after his death in 1931.

In a peculiar case of modern gravy robbery however authorities reported earlier this month that his grave had been disturbed and that his skull had been removed by persons unknown.

Wax residue found at the scene indicated the presence of lit candles and a possible occult motive.

This is not the first time that his grave had been broken in to either, a fact that has since prompted cemetery officials to consider sealing it permanently to prevent any further incidents.

It is thought that Nosferatu's influence on the portrayal of vampires in modern popular culture may have had something to do with the fact that it was only his grave targeted in the theft.

Other high profile grave robberies to have taken place over the years include those of silent movie legend Charlie Chaplin and Irish entrepreneur Alexander T. Stewart.

There have even been failed attempts to steal the bodies of Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (13)

Tags: Nosferatu, Murnau

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles on 21 July, 2015, 11:06
Candles? C'mon, LED flashlights are cheap.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Poedung on 21 July, 2015, 14:43
Modern gravy robbery? That must be some tasty gravy.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 22 July, 2015, 2:46
What do those idiots hope to accomplish? Use the skull in an occult ritual to bring Dracula back? Seems like Bram Stoker's skull would have been a better choice.
Comment icon #7 Posted by OneWanderingSoul on 22 July, 2015, 3:46
just wrong, respect the dead
Comment icon #8 Posted by grandfunkrailroad on 27 July, 2015, 19:09
Ohh who knows what their motives were, here in the Netherlands local student clubs every year manage to steal something iconic just for the fun of it! Oh well at least they always return it to the rightfull owner, the next day. Not sure about these chaps though!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Robin_Shadowes on 29 July, 2015, 18:27
Why don't they go for Max's head instead? Whimpy satanists perhaps? Afraid of finding his grave empty or that he has not decomposed? Maybe he will rise straight up like in the movie? I would have loved to have seen that. Chicken satanists running for their lives with a brown streak after them,
Comment icon #10 Posted by grandfunkrailroad on 29 July, 2015, 19:31
Comment icon #11 Posted by Flashbangwallop on 30 July, 2015, 17:25
Well on a personal note I'm waiting for some female to steal my virginity for the umteenth time.
Comment icon #12 Posted by PrisonerX on 4 August, 2015, 0:59
Nosferatu is the only silent film I've watched from beginning to end. There are no good reasons for stealing a man's skull.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Robin_Shadowes on 4 August, 2015, 18:01
I dare you to try steal my skull.

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