Thief Who Stole Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers From Wizard Of Oz Reveals Why He Did It, And It’s Weirdly Comparable To The Movie’s Plot

Cinephiles are likely aware of the fact that movie memorabilia can be incredibly valuable. For instance, someone laid out $96,000 for Prince’s Purple Rain costume, while $160,000 was spent on Star-Lord’s helmet from 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy when it went up for auction. Another famous film that has highly coveted props and outfits is The Wizard of Oz, and something was stolen over a decade ago. The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland’s Dorothy Gale were snatched but eventually recovered. Now, the thief’s motive has been revealed, and it’s oddly comparable to the main plot of the 1939 fantasy flick.

The iconic kicks were stolen in 2005 by Terry Jon Martin, who nabbed them from the Judy Garland Museum in the late actress’ hometown, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Martin, who’s now 76, is a former mobster who apparently pulled his share of crimes back in the day. The senior citizen pleaded guilty to the crime in October 2023, and his reason for taking the shoes in the first place was divulged in a memo filed by his attorney, Dane DeKrey. Per the lawyer, Martin made off with the pair of items, because he believed they were studded with actual rubies and planned to extract and sell them. However, after speaking to a fence, he learned that the gems were actually made of glass and, as a result, Martin dumped them less than two days after the theft.

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