Grand Rapids Celebrates The Recovery Of Ruby Slippers


ON DISPLAY AT THE SMITHSONIAN. INTERESTING. A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT SOME SLIPPERS. THERE IS MORE? NEWS FROM THE TOWN WHERE THEY DISAPPEARED. IT HAS BEEN 13 YEARS, THAT IS BECAUSE THEY CLAIM JUDY GARLAND IS ONE OF THEIR OWN. GRAND RAPIDS IS THE BIRTHPLACE AND SIGHT OF HER MUSEUM. WE WERE THERE BRIGHT AND EARLY AS THE NEWS BROKE. Reporter: THE BRAZEN THEFT OF THESE RUBY RED SLIPPERS FUELED ALL KINDS OF FALSE LEAVES AND RUMORS FOR THE LAST 13 YEARS. TODAY, A SAFE RETURN OF THE SLIPPERS IS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION. CALLS POURED INTO THE JUDY GARLAND MUSEUM FROM AROUND THE WORLD. CHEERING A RAINBOW OF FORTUNE AFTER 13 YEARS OF MYSTERY. WE WERE IN SHOCK, IT IS AWESOME NEWS. Reporter: THEY WERE ON LOAN TO THE MUSEUM AND IN AUGUST 2005, THIEVES BROKE IN AND PASSED A DISARMED SECURITY SYSTEM. THROUGH THE YEARS, LEADS TOOK INVESTIGATORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND TO THE BOTTOM OF A FLOODED MINE PIT. ONE OF THE LAST ONES WE GOT WAS LAST WEEK FROM A PSYCHIC WHO SAID WE WOULD FIND THEM. AND THAT THEY KNOW WHERE THEY WERE. SO, LESS THAN A WEEK LATER THE RUBY SLIPPERS SHOW UP. Reporter: HOWEVER THE CASE IT BROKE, NEWS SPREAD QUICKLY. WE CHERISH THEM. THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR TOWN. Reporter: EVEN A $1 MILLION REWARD DID NOT WERE THE SLIPPERS OUT OF HIDING. THIS MORNING WE HEARD THEY FOUND THE SHOES. Reporter: VISITORS TO HER HOME AND MUSEUM ARE OVERJOYED. TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO THROUGH THE MUSEUM BECAUSE TODAY IS THE DAY. WE ALWAYS HOPED THIS WOULD HAPPEN AND SURE ENOUGH, THROUGH THE GRACE OF GOD IT HAPPENS. Reporter: WHILE THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES, WHAT REMAINS UNCLEAR IS IF AND WHEN THEY MAY GET ANOTHER PAIR, ORIGINAL PAIR TO DISPLAY, HOLLYWOOD’S ICONIC SYMBOL OF

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  • so what's the rest of the story? who had them, where were they, how did they come back???

  • I thought the original shoes from the movie were silver.

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