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 • 388 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.

    Gone South, Season One: Who Killed Margaret Coon?

    Gone South, Season One: Who Killed Margaret Coon?

    In 1987, a former prosecutor named Margaret Coon took her dog for a walk in one of Louisiana’s safest and most affluent parishes. The next morning, she was found dead on the side of the road with a single stab wound in her back. St. Tammany Parish advertises itself as a safe haven from the crime and corruption of New Orleans, attracting thousands of residents over the last several decades. But there is a darker side to St. Tammany and that darkness ultimately consumed Margaret Coon. Welcome to Gone South Season 1: Who Killed Margaret Coon? Over the course of this documentary podcast series from C13Originals, a Cadence13 studio, journalist Jed Lipinski investigates the theories and motives surrounding Margaret Coon’s unsolved murder, shedding new light on a bewildering crime that has haunted St. Tammany for over 34 years.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 2 min
    They Don't Like Being Owned

    They Don't Like Being Owned

    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

    • 36 min
    Very Accomplished Thieves

    Very Accomplished Thieves

    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

    • 40 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. 
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 37 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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 35 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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
388 Ratings

388 Ratings

AMRB03 ,

Love true crime where nobody dies!

This was a great podcast! I loved it! I love a crime podcast where it isn’t about murder. This was very well done.

theappleofadam ,

Many facets

I really enjoyed how many different angles this story was covered from. This isn’t just for oz fans. It’s a true crime that is about the nature of art theft and the unique place it has in the psychology and motivations of the ownership of famous things. The reporters did a fantastic job of capturing the nebulous reasons for the intense love of the most famous film artifact in the world.

spicybeans123 ,

Great podcast even with annoying narrator

Very interesting podcast, well researched, produced and edited.

But the host’s upward inflections and Millennial speech patterns really annoyed me by the latter episodes.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

You Might Also Like