Itasca Co. Crews Plunge for Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers “The biggest thing that ever happened to our museum was getting the slippers stolen,” said Jonny Miner, Treasurer of the Board for the Judy Garland Museum. “A lot of people up here actually know what happened but no one’s talking about it no one has,” said Rob Feeney, a volunteer and movie prop collector. Leads in the past few months have brought this team full of volunteers to the Tioga Mine Pit. “We’re confident that we’re in the right area and doing the right things,” said Miner. The ultimate goal is for the slippers to make it back safely to the museum, because after all, there’s no place like home. In a practice dive a week ago they did find some objects they think could be linked to the case. Those are currently being examined. The team will also be diving Friday. The first will be at 11 a.m. and the second will be at 1 p.m.
10 years after the famous ruby red slippers thievery… so what may have happened? “Darcy picks up one shoe and slowly turns it in her hands. She admires the famous slipper that she had previously only seen walking down the Yellow Brick Road. Taking a few steps away from the crime scene, Darcy slips off one of her own tennis shoes in order to squeeze her size six foot into this size five and a half, ruby covered, piece of memorabilia. Both kids gasp as the audible ripping sound of the slipper’s extremely fragile seam is torn by Darcy’s effort to make the shoe fit. Todd yells at Darcy, and Darcy bickers back, but before they know it they are out the door that they entered less than one minute ago, each with a slipper in hand.”