Charlie Chaplin
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The theft of Charlie Chaplin's body

In March 1978, a rather strange theft took place in the small village of Corsier, on the edge of Lake Geneva.

Late one night thieves dug up and stole the body of Charlie Chaplin - and then demanded a million Swiss francs (approximately £1.5m in today's money) from the Chaplin family for its safe return.

The BBC's Mike Lanchin hears from one of the men involved in tracking down the grave-robbers.

You can hear more about the theft of Charlie Chaplin's body on Witness on BBC World Service today (Tuesday) at 09:50.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 12 March 2013.

  • 12 Mar 2013