Nosferatu Director's Head Taken From Grave
German cops believe there may be link to occult
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2015 1:03 AM CDT
A still from 1922's "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror."   (Wikipedia/FW Murnau)
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(Newser) – FW Murnau was one of the first—and best—horror movie directors and he is still at the center of creepy goings-on more than 80 years after his death. Police in Germany say the Nosferatu director's grave in a family plot near Berlin has been raided by people who opened his metal coffin and made off with his head, Variety reports. This isn't the first time the grave has been disturbed and police found wax residue at the scene that suggests a link to the occult, according to der Spiegel, which notes that the graves of the director's two brothers were undisturbed. The body of Murnau, whose 1922 Dracula adaptation is still ranked among the greatest horror films in history, was returned to Germany after he was killed in a car crash in California in 1931. (A recent study claimed vampires are real.)

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