Published: July 14, 2015
GRAND RAPIDS, MINN. — An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to the pair of Judy Garland’s sequined, ruby red slippers stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown.
The anonymous reward comes from an Arizona-based Wizard of Oz fan and is being offered in hopes of returning the screen-used slippers that were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005.
According to the museum’s executive director John Kelsch, the stolen pair (one of four extant pairs) were known as the “Traveling Shoes.” They are size 5½. Inside the right shoe is the label, embossed in silver, reading Innes Shoe Co. Los Angeles, Pasadena and Hollywood, and inscribed on the white kid lining is the name JUDY GARLAND, written neatly with black ink in block letters. Manufacturer’s numbers in the left shoe are 5BC 15250; in the right shoe they are 5C 11869 D536.
The red silk faille uppers and heels are covered with hand-sewn georgette, the leather soles are painted red, with orange felt adhered to the front foundation of each shoe. The bows are perfect, missing no rhinestones, bugle beads or center jewels. The rubber cap on each heel has also been painted red.
Overall, they are darker in color than any other pair — a rich burgundy.
In order for the reward to be honored, the offer stipulates that information be provided describing the exact location where the slippers can be retrieved by the Grand Rapids, or that someone personally returns the slippers intact to the police department, and that the name (or names) of the perpetrators be provided.
“The theft of the Ruby Red slippers from the museum 10 years ago remains an active criminal investigation. We support all efforts to encourage people to come forward with any new, credible relevant information. This is certainly a case that Grand Rapids Police Department would like to solve,” said the department’s investigator Andy Morgan, who can be contacted at 218-326-3464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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