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« on: August 23, 2015, 04:14:16 am »

Nosferatu director's skull goes missing
Posted on Monday, 20 July, 2015

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.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2015, 04:15:20 am »

 Nosferatu director's head stolen from grave in Germany

The skull of legendary vampire film director FW Murnau was reported missing from his family plot, as some speculate possible occult motives for theft
Der Spiegel reports this is not the first time Nosferatu director FW Murnau’s grave has been disturbed. Photograph: pr

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In what sounds like a scene from one of his legendary horror films, the head of Nosferatu director FW Murnau, who died in 1931, has been stolen from his family plot in a cemetery in Germany.

The grave-robbing occurred in Stahnsdorf, about 12 miles south-west of central Berlin, according to Variety. The graves of Murnau’s brothers were reportedly not disturbed.

Wax residue is said to have been found near the grave, suggesting that candles had been lit, and a possible occult motive for the theft.

Murnau was best known for the expressionist classic 1922 black-and-white vampire horror, later remade by Werner Herzog. He also directed Sunrise, which won several Oscars at the first-ever Academy awards.

Murnau died in a car crash aged 42 in California and was buried in his native Germany.

Der Spiegel reports that the cemetery overseers are considering whether to seal Murnau’s grave. They added that this is not the first time that it has been disturbed.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2015, 04:20:12 am »

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.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2015, 04:22:31 am »

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.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2015, 04:24:33 am »

Nosferatu is the only silent film I've watched from beginning to end. There are no good reasons for stealing a man's skull.
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