Though they lived and died in different eras, there is something they do have in common-and it’s weird. After each of them had died, there were attempts to steal their corpses. In the case of Chaplin, the attempt was successful! In 1876, counterfeiters plotted to steal Lincoln’s body and hold it for ransom for the sum of $200,000 and the release from prison their “master counterfeiter.” The thieves actually broke into Lincoln’s tomb to remove the marble lid off the sarcophagus and move the wooden coffin from it’s inside. That’s as far as they got. Armed men had learned of the plot and intervened in the attempt. Even so, the robbers still escaped that night-but were apprehended 10 days afterward. Lincoln’s body was not stolen.
In the case of Charlie Chaplin-his body was stolen. Two Swiss mechanics performed the deed. They, too, wanted money. I wonder if they knew about the attempt to steal Lincoln’s body a little over 100 years prior? They successfully made the attempt March 1, 1978. Chaplin had been buried in the Corsier-Sur-Vevey Cemetery in Switzerland. Apparently, they “hid” his corpse in a field near his home while talking to his widow about the ransom. She never did pay them anything. Chaplin’s body was missing for 11 weeks! The robbers were nabbed in the end.
Chaplin was reburied under six feet of concrete to prevent any further attempts. Sound familiar? Lincoln had also been reburied under concrete. Mere coincidence? I don’t think so. What do you think? May they both forever rest in peace…Mail this post