Horrific: Robbers Exhume Film Director, Decapitate And Steal His Head

Horrific: Robbers Exhume Film Director, Decapitate And Steal His Head

By Wires | The Trent on July 15, 2015
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Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888-1931). (Photo Credit: Kobal/The Picture Desk)

The head of the director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, the author of “Nosferatu”, one of the masterpieces of German Expressionist cinema, was stolen from his tomb, according to the direction of the cemetery Stahndorf, near Berlin.

The authors of the plan have deliberately targeted the remains of the director, the coffins of his brothers, in the same vault is still intact, the source said, quoted by the German news agency dpa.

The tomb of Murnau in the cemetery of Stahnsdorf near Berlin. (Photo Credit: Schoening Berlin/Arco Images/Picture-Alliance /AFP)
The tomb of Murnau in the cemetery of Stahnsdorf near Berlin. (Photo Credit: Schoening Berlin/Arco Images/Picture-Alliance /AFP)

Asked by the Bild newspaper, the head of the cemetery, Olaf Ihlefeldt, claims to be “sure that the incident occurred between 4 and 12 July”. “I guess the door (the vault) was opened with a wire,” he said, recounting “have had a shock” when he opened the coffin, “they had won the head.” A spokesman for the Berlin police, also quoted by the newspaper, said he did not exclude the acts fall practices “occult”.

Born December 28, 1888, Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, whose real name is Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe, became famous in 1921 by making “Nosferatu”, the classic German silent cinema.He earned international recognition with “The Last Laugh” (1924), before turning “Tartuffe” (1925) and “Faust” (1926).

"Nosferatu" (1922) Murnau (Photo Credit: PRANA FILM/Collection Christophel)
“Nosferatu” (1922) Murnau (Photo Credit: PRANA FILM/Collection Christophel)

Called to Hollywood in 1926, he won three Oscars with “Sunrise”. Seriously injured in a car accident in California, he died in March 1931, shortly before the release of his latest film “Tabu”.

(via Culturebox on FranceTV)

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