Who Stole Brahms's Teeth? Austria Investigating

Sunday, July 01, 2012 - 06:00 PM

Have the teeth of two famed 19th-century composers been stolen from their graves? Austrian prosecutors are trying to find out.

Thomas Vecsey of the Vienna state prosecutor's office says authorities are considering filing charges against a man suspected of breaking into the graves of Austrian waltz king Johann Strauss Jr. and German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms and taking their teeth. Both are buried in Vienna.

Vecsey said Friday that suspicions first arose in 2008 but investigators determined that any crime fell under Austria's statute of limitations. New evidence other graves might have been disturbed has led to the probe's reopening.

The Austria Press Agency said prosecutors consider a Slovak man a person of interest. Prosecutors did not name the suspect nor suggest any potential motivation for the alleged thefts.



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Comments [4]

Joe from NJ

Bravo, Barry! Your best work yet! Thank God they put that crook in braces! I heard their best lead to catch the crook came from a local gelato place. The proprietor alleged that the crook came in jawing about a crowning achievement while filling his palate with ice cream prior to the Caper. When asked what he wanted, the crook responded, "Two Buy Custards".

Oct. 04 2013 11:43 PM
Carrie from NYC


Dec. 06 2012 12:34 PM
Barry Owen Furrer

The suspect having been caught on Canal Street with the help of a canine unit will no doubt fight these charges tooth and nail. While the authorities have yet to get to the root of the matter regarding this grave undertaking, experts have diagnosed this down-in-the-mouth fellow as being bi-molar. To make matters worse, the victims were decomposing at the time which further impacted the examination of the evidence even with the aid of a plaster cast leaving a lasting impression. Understandably so, an angry public with no more room for waiting was running of out patients.

Jul. 02 2012 10:10 PM
David from Flushing

Did people in their mid 60s and 70s still have their teeth in the 19th century? A keyboard made of composers' teeth does sound interesting.

Jul. 02 2012 08:27 PM

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