每日英語跟讀 Ep.K593: Man Charged with Theft of Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers from "The Wizard of Oz"
A man has been charged with stealing a pair of famous ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in the movie "The Wizard of Oz," according to federal prosecutors in North Dakota. The slippers were stolen in 2005 but were recovered in a 2018 FBI operation. However, no arrests were made at that time.
The suspect, Terry Martin, was indicted for theft of a valuable artwork. Martin, who is 76 years old and lives near the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota, did not provide any further information about himself, and there is currently no information about his legal representation. When approached by the media, he declined to comment and mentioned that he would face trial.
The stolen ruby slippers were worn by Judy Garland during the production of the musical in 1939. Only four pairs of authentic slippers from the movie are known to exist. At the time of the theft, the slippers were insured for $1 million, but their current market value is estimated to be around $3.5 million. The slippers were on loan to the Judy Garland Museum when they were stolen, and the thief broke the display case by climbing through a window.
The recovery of the stolen slippers came about when a man contacted the slippers' insurer in 2017, claiming that he could help return them. Following an extensive investigation, the FBI seized the slippers in Minneapolis in July 2018. No arrests or charges were made at that time. Terry Martin has now been summoned, and his initial court appearance is scheduled for June 1 via video conference. Further details about the case have not been provided by the U.S. Justice Department in North Dakota.
The ruby slippers are famous for their association with the iconic line from "The Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy, played by Judy Garland, clicks her heels together and says, "There's no place like home." The slippers are made from various materials, including wood pulp, silk thread, gelatin, plastic, and glass. Most of the vibrant ruby color comes from sequins, while the bows on the shoes feature red glass beads.
Apart from the stolen pair, three other pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the movie are held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian, and a private collector. After the legal proceedings conclude, the staff at the Judy Garland Museum hope to bring the slippers back to Garland's hometown and display them as part of their exhibition.
Reference article: https://apnews.com/article/solen-ruby-slippers-wizard-of-oz-5d142469ad5f052f6af053d20dbf20c4