Charlie Chaplin Body Stolen And Ransomed

May 26, 2013 by  

Charlie Chaplin Body Stolen And Ransomed, In March 1978, thieves dug up the corpse of long-dead comedian Charlie Chaplin from its grave in the small village of Corsier, near Lake Geneva, Switzerland. The thieves demanded a ransom of £1.5 million to the Chaplin family to return the body in one of the twentieth century’s most bizarre kidnapping cases. Listen to this BBC report, which interviews one of the men who tracked down the graverobbers.

In March 1978, a rather strange theft took place in the small village of Corsier, on the edge of Lake Geneva.

Late one night thieves dug up and stole the body of Charlie Chaplin – and then demanded a million Swiss francs (approximately £1.5m in today’s money) from the Chaplin family for its safe return.

The BBC’s Mike Lanchin hears from one of the men involved in tracking down the grave-robbers.

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