17th May
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1978 Charlie Chaplin's Stolen Body Is Discovered

The grave of the legendary comedian had been robbed 11 weeks earlier and the body in its coffin was taken.

It was discovered, buried, in a field in Corsier near Lausanne, Switzerland, about a mile from Chaplin's home.

There were kidnap demands but Chaplin's widow, Lady Oona Chaplin, refused to pay the about $600,000, saying that Charlie would have thought the demands were ridiculous.

The family did not inform the world's media until after the body had been returned. Two men were charged.

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