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On this day in movie history, March 1, 1915: Sir Charles Chaplin's body stolen

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It was on this day, March 1, 1978, two unemployed immigrants, Roman Wardas, from Poland, and Gantcho Ganev, from Bulgaria., dug up and stole Sir Charles Chaplin's coffin from its grave

The body was held for ransom in an attempt to extort money from Oona Chaplin.

The pair were caught in a large police operation in May, and Chaplin's coffin was found buried in a field in the nearby village of Noville.

It was re-interred in the Corsier cemetery surrounded by reinforced concrete.


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