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FBI Uncovers Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' Ruby Slippers After 13 Years

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They were not found on the feet of the deceased Wicked Witch of the East.

It appears that one of the century's most important crimes has almost been solved. The FBI has uncovered the ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz after 13 years. They're still seeking information on suspects associated with the theft.

In 2005, the slippers were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The thief (or thieves) broke into the back door of the museum in the middle of the night and broke the plexiglass case containing the shoes, which were on loan from a collector in California. Although no fingerprints or surveillance footage was found, a single red sequin was left behind.

Some of those involved were caught earlier this summer in an undercover sting operation, after the FBI became involved in what became an extortion case.

The recently-discovered pair is one of four existing pairs worn in the movie. After being uncovered, it was examined at the Smithsonian, and compared to a pair on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington DC. They discovered that the two pairs were constructed in the same way, and they happened to be mismatched pairs that were mixed up over the years, each with two different sizes.

Now, perhaps if they click the heels together three times, the remaining suspects will suddenly be in custody.

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