‘There’s No Place Like Home,’ Grand Rapids Reacts To Ruby Slippers Recovery


ALL TO HAVE THIS COMES TO AN END IN A VERY PLEASANT FORECAST PERIOD COMING UP. I WILL SHARE THAT WITH YOU AS WELL. AFTER A 13 YEAR HISTORY AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF MOVIE MEMORABILIA HAS BEEN FOUND. INVESTIGATORS RECOVERED THE RUBY SLIPPERS FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ STOLEN MORE THAN A DECADE AGO. THEY HADN’T BEEN SEEN SINCE SOMEONE STOLE THEM IN AUGUST OF 2005. PEOPLE AROUND TOWN TOOK THE NEWS PERSONALLY. ONE OF THE LAST THINGS WE GOT WAS LAST WEEK. THEY SAID WE WOULD BE FINING THE RUBY SLIPPERS. VISITORS IN GRAND RAPIDS WERE RELIEVED AS WELL. THIS EVENING THEY ARE WAITING TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION THAT LED TO THE SHOES. THIS HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A BIG STORY. THOSE SLIPPERS ARE WITH THE FBI BEING HELD AS EVIDENCE. THEY DETERMINED THEY ARE AUTHENTIC. SO FAR NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE. THE CASE IS STILL ACTIVE AND OPEN. NOW UNDER THE RAINBOW. THE RUBY RED SLIPPERS SHINE IN THE GLASS DISPLAY BOX. WE ARE HERE TODAY TO SHARE WITH YOU RECOVERY OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND CHERISHED PIECES OF MOVIE MEMORABILIA IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THE RUBY SLIPPERS FROM THE 1939 MOVIE THE WIZARD OF OZ. THE SHOES ARE ONE OF FOUR KNOWN PAIRS OF RUBY SLIPPERS THAT EXIST. A PRIVATE OWNER LOANED THE SLIPPERS TO THE JUDY GARLAND MUSEUM IN GRAND RAPIDS ONLY TO BE STOLEN 13 YEARS AGO. POLICE THERE FOLLOWED LEADS FOR YEARS. LAST YEAR THEY BROUGHT THE FBI. OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED SOME INFORMATION THAT APPEARED TO HAVE MORE CREDIBILITY. THIS INVESTIGATION TOOK US OUTSIDE THE STATE OF MINNESOTA THAT NEW INFORMATION INCLUDED A SCHEME TO DEFRAUD THE OWNER OF THE SLIPPERS. INVESTIGATORS EXECUTED SEARCH WARRANTS IN FLORIDA AND MINNESOTA. THEY FOUND THE SLIPPERS IN JULY. THESE ARE THE HOLY GRAIL. REESE THOMAS WROTE A BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE MAGIC RUBY SLIPPERS THAT BROUGHT DOROTHY HOME IN THE WIZARD OF OZ. HE CALLS THEM A SYMBOL THAT REPRESENTS THE POWER OF BELIEF. I LIKE THE FACT THAT THESE SHOES ARE NOW COMING HOME ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THEY HAVE BEEN REDISCOVERED. THE FBI REPORTS THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED SUSPECTS BUT ARE

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