Long before Universal’s Dracula came along and spawned a never-ending glut of blood-sucking imitators, Nosferatu stalked the silver screen. Released in 1922, F.W. Murnau’s German film was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel, and it’s one of the most iconic horror films in history.
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, a true filmmaking pioneer, passed away back in 1931 at the young age of 42, and disturbing reports coming out of Germany have indicated that the director’s grave site has been targeted by vandals – and there’s a possible occult connection to the crime.
The news comes our way courtesy of Variety, the site reporting that the skull of F.W. Murnau has been stolen from his family’s plot in a cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Germany. Grave robbers opened a metal coffin and stole the skull, and wax residue left behind at the scene suggests occult activity.
Murnau died as the result of a car crash in California, when the driver veered off the road and crashed into a telephone pole. He passed away in a hospital the next day, due to head injuries sustained in the accident.
Authorities are currently investigating the case, and deciding what to do with Murnau’s remains.