$1 Million Reward Offered for Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' Ruby Red Slippers: We Think We Know Where to Find Them

Somebody is a really big fan of Judy Garland's. It's been 10 years since the iconic ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and now an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for their return.


Although the famous slippers have been missing since August 2005, it's only just now that a private benefactor has come forward to offer a million dollar reward for their return. They were stolen from Garland's hometown, after a robber reportedly busted through a window and made off with the goods.

The reward requires the recipient to disclose "credible information about the theft, including the exact location of the slippers and the perpetrato'rs name." The executive director of the museum, John Kelsh, said that donor is from Arizona and is a "huge fan" of Garland and the groundbreaking 1939 movie.

There are a few known pairs in existence, including the pair that's in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

But where the heck has this pair been for 10 years? We have our guesses. Most likely, in my humble opinion, they're at the center of a shrine to Judy Garland. I mean, you'd have to be a pretty huge fan to steal the ruby slippers, right? Only someone totally obsessed with the actress would have the gall to swipe them and worship them accordingly.

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Then again, My Super Sweet 16 debuted on MTV a few months before the shoes were stolen, so there's a very good chance that they're in the back of a closet of some 26-year-old socialite who had to have those shoes or else. Maybe her name is even Veruca Salt. Stranger things have happened.

They could be in Ricky Martin's possession. No, it has nothing to do with gay stereotyping, and everything to do with his self-admitted foot fetish. He apparently finds feet "really beautiful."

Heck, maybe a Liza Minnelli (Garland's daughter) superfan stole them for her and delivered them to her doorstep, and she donated them to Goodwill, thinking they were replicas.

Whatever happened to those shoes, I'm willing to bet they have a story to tell!


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