In what sounds like a scene from one of his legendary horror films the head of Nosferatu director FW Murnau – who died in 1931 – has been stolen from his family plot in a cemetery in Germany.
The grave-robbing occurred in Stahnsdorf – about 12 miles south-west of central Berlin according to Variety. The graves of Murnau’s brothers were reportedly not disturbed.
Wax residue is said to have been found near the grave – suggesting that candles had been lit and a possible occult motive for the theft.
Murnau was best known for the expressionist classic 1922 black-and-white vampire horror later remade by Werner Herzog. He also directed Sunrise which won several Oscars at the first-ever Academy awards.