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Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? It’s an iconic film that offers both comfort and adventure. And it all begins with the magical ruby slippers. The familiar pair of red shoes that sparkle as Dorothy skips down the yellow brick road. One of the most famous props in Hollywood movie history, Dorothy’s ruby slippers are a rare collector’s item worth millions. In the summer of 2005, a pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the small town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. No Place Like Home is a documentary podcast series that follows a classic heist story against the nostalgic backdrop of one of the most famous movies and Hollywood props of all time. We follow the theft from start to finish, and the mystery that still surrounds the events of the stolen ruby slippers to this day. C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio, teams up with journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby to investigate the strange story that dives into small town suspicions between local cops and the FBI, the fraught relationship between Grand Rapids and its most famous daughter, Judy Garland, and brings listeners inside the peculiar world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Although the shoes were eventually recovered, there are more questions left than answers. We still don’t know who stole the shoes and where they were hiding for nearly 13 years.

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Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? Those famous red ruby slippers are some of the most iconic objects in Hollywood history that still bring back nostalgic memories every time they’re seen. They became a rare collector’s item worth millions. In the summer of 2005, a pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the small town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In No Place Like Home, C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio, teams up with journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby for this documentary podcast to investigate a heist that dives into small town suspicions between local cops and the FBI, the fraught relationship between Grand Rapids and its most famous daughter, Judy Garland, and brings listeners inside the peculiar world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Although the shoes were eventually recovered, there are more questions left than answers. Who stole the shoes and where were they hiding for more than 13 years? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A thief steals a pair of the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz from a museum in Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Who took the slippers, and where did they go? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Despite being among the most iconic props in film history, the ruby slippers were once relegated to the trash heap. A man known as the "Robin Hood of Hollywood" saved multiple pairs, and they eventually became collector's items worth millions. When a pair is stolen in 2005, their owner comes under suspicion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Terribly Happy

Terribly Happy

2021-06-2940:485

Judy Garland left her hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota when she was four. She became one of the most famous movie stars in the world, but her life was infamously tinged with darkness. Grand Rapids grappled with her legacy, unsure whether to honor or condemn her. When a pair of ruby slippers are stolen from the Judy Garland Museum, people suspect a local connection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
To find the stolen ruby slippers, detectives in Grand Rapids respond to every tip, no matter how strange. On the 10th anniversary of the theft, a clever publicity stunt leads to a lucky break. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Who Can You Trust?

Who Can You Trust?

2021-07-1335:382

Detective Brian Mattson continues talking to the mysterious caller who says he knows where the missing ruby slippers are. When the investigation stalls, Mattson takes a risk and calls a friend at the FBI for help. Law enforcement plots an elaborate sting in Minneapolis, to get the shoes back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Everything Is Lining Up

Everything Is Lining Up

2021-07-2037:074

The FBI and Brian Mattson get their hands on a pair of ruby slippers. But nothing is certain without the help of an expert conservator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The hosts explore connections between the theft of the ruby slippers and an infamous art crime known as the Rockwell Heist, orchestrated by master thieves in Minneapolis. They learn the identity of the man who returned the slippers, and the name of the person he claimed was responsible for stealing them in 2005.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
If the slippers were released from FBI evidence tomorrow, where would they go? Michael Shaw might buy them back. An auction house hoping to set a world record wants them, too. But some people think they should go back to the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and stay forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (8)

An-D

Noooo Shaw can not get them back!!!

Aug 22nd
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An-D

I agree the slippers belong in Grand Rapids!!

Aug 22nd
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An-D

I think hearing how kind the officers are to Shaw makes Shaw seem like an even bigger jerk.

Aug 20th
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a person

good 👍

Aug 19th
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Dori Davis

This story is really cool, and the podcasters did a great job at the research. Despite the dead-pan voices of both the reasearchers/podcasters, the show was enjoyable. I can’t recommend it, though, because of the terrible narration style of both women. They sound like this is the most boring thing that has ever been written. My six-year-old reads with more expression!

Aug 9th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

This show is doing a great job of bringing together all the many different elements of this heartbreaking story. I mean, you can't talk about The Ruby Slippers without also discussing Judy Garland and her tragic life. What the industry did to her is just shameful -- what a beautiful piece of magic we were too briefly given. Why must we use up, and discard as trash, all the brightest treasures, as though gems rain down on us every day?

Jul 29th
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Pixie

Shaw sounds like a jerk. why agree to an interview if you don't want to talk about it?

Jun 30th
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