10 episodes

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.

No Place Like Home C13Originals

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 431 Ratings

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.

    The Ruby Slippers Are Gone

    The Ruby Slippers Are Gone

    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?
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    • 33 min
    The Robin Hood of Hollywood

    The Robin Hood of Hollywood

    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.
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    • 38 min
    Terribly Happy

    Terribly Happy

    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.
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    • 40 min
    Dear Dorothy, Hate Oz, Took Shoes

    Dear Dorothy, Hate Oz, Took Shoes

    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.
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    • 35 min
    Who Can You Trust?

    Who Can You Trust?

    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.
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    • 35 min
    Everything Is Lining Up

    Everything Is Lining Up

    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. 
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
431 Ratings

431 Ratings

LFLocke ,

Juicy Hollywood history

This podcast was riveting from beginning to end. Twists, turns, along with some fascinating insights into Hollywood history, and the preservation of its artifacts. Well done!

dardar_87 ,

Incredible.

As an Oz fan, I was excited to come across this podcast, but apprehensive (being a fan of the film you come across the same trivia recycled over and over again on various documentaries and in books) that it wouldn’t delve deep enough into the story of the missing slippers. I am thrilled to say, this isn’t a podcast for a novice or causal fan. Seyward Darby and Ariel Ramchandani dive in DEEP. I applaud their thorough, rigorous research. They connect complicated dots, (just one example; how Kent Warner was able to take costumes/movie memorabilia off the studio lots and sell it was always confusing to me) flesh-out important details and aren’t afraid to ask their interview subjects the tough questions. All of the interviews are fascinating. If you’re an Oz fan (or even just a fan of true crime) who has been PARCHED for details regarding the case of the stolen Ruby Slippers, PLEASE go listen to this podcast. You’ll be glad you did. BRAVO!!

Bitsy K ,

Fried

Really wanted to hear this podcast but the vocal fry makes it impossible for me to go on.

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