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GRAVE ROB­BERS STEAL HEAD

- Entertainment · Arts · Movies · Berlin

GRAVE rob­bers have stolen from a crypt the head of Ger­man ex­pres­sion­ist cin­ema great Friedrich Wilhelm Mur­nau, di­rec­tor of the silent-film vam­pire clas­sic Nos­fer­atu.

Po­lice did not rule out an oc­cultist mo­tive af­ter find­ing can­dle wax in the fam­ily crypt in Stahns­dorf, south­west of Ber­lin, and were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case on charges of theft and dis­turb­ing the peace of the dead.

One or more grave rob­bers opened the me­tal cof­fin be­fore de­cap­i­tat­ing the di­rec­tor’s em­balmed body, but did not dis­turb the re­mains of his two broth­ers.

Born in 1888, Mur­nau is best known for his 1922 silent movie clas­sic, Nos­fer­atu — A

Sym­phony of Hor­ror, which Hol­ly­wood mag­a­zine Va­ri­ety wrote is “recog­nised as one of the scari­est hor­ror movies of all time”. Mur­nau later moved to Hol­ly­wood.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Mur­nau

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