Judy Garland fan offers $1 million reward for return of stolen ruby slippers
Judy Garland’s iconic ruby red shoes, one of four pairs used for the 1939 movie classic “The Wizard of Oz,” were stolen from a glass case at the Judy Garland Museum in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005 and bosses have been trying to track down the treasured memorabilia ever since.
A team of police scuba divers was recruited in June 2015 to explore rumors suggesting the heels were placed in a sealed container and dropped into the Tioga Mine Pit, which has since filled with water, but their search during the Wizard of Oz Judy Garland Festival proved unsuccessful. Now a wealthy donor from Arizona has promised the hefty reward in return for credible information about the exact location of the slippers and the perpetrator’s name as the 10-year anniversary of the theft approaches in August. John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum, reveals the slippers were insured for $1 million and could be worth double or triple that figure now.