In a bizarre development straight out of a horror classic, Germany reports that “Nosferatu” director F.W. Murnau’s embalmed head has been snatched in a chilling grave-robbing heist. The hair-raising incident occurred within Murnau’s family cemetery plot, just 12 miles west of Berlin in Stahnsdorf, Germany.
Though Murnau was killed in a car accident in 1931 Santa Barbara, California, his body was buried in his native country shortly. According to Der Spiegel, this is not the first time his grave has been disturbed. Whether there was a larger, grander “occult” motive at play (wax residue was found near the gravesite), remains to be seen.
His brother’s nearby graves, however, remain perfectly intact.
Another notorious celebrity grave robbery occurred in 1978, when two mechanics chasing a ransom from Charlie Chaplin’s widow purloined his body — but were quickly arrested.