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L’HISTOIRE DU JOUR | La délinquance par amour des vedettes ou quand l’adoration mène à la profanation. bit.ly/15gCUVv
— France Info (@franceinfo) March 18, 2013
An interesting article, despite several inaccuracies (see footnotes). Please find following an English translation.
Claude François’* family is going to press charges for vandalism. Located at his famous home at the Dannemois water mill in Essonne (1), the singer’s grave was vandalized Saturday night. When idol worship leads to desecration.
For 25 years, questions remain about who stole Jim Morrison’s bust from his grave in Père Lachaise cemetery. The theft is said to have taken place during the night on May 9, 1988. The story goes that two fans of the Doors’ singer stayed in the cemetery after closing, and then left on a scooter with the 128 kilo sculpture under their arms.
Croatian artist, Mladen Mikulin, sculpted a bust effigy of Jim Morrison and placed it at his grave days before the 10th anniversary of Jim’s death on July 3, 1981. See Rockin’ The Dead In Zagreb: The Real Story of Jim Morrison’s Bust by Michelle Campbell.
The bust was stolen in 1988. This we know. But who stole it? To what end? Where is it now?
Film director and screenwriter, Olivier Chateau, has been researching the history of Jim’s grave for several years and is one of the foremost authorities on the subject. He has graciously provided a very rare document from his collection that sheds some light on the mystery surrounding the stolen bust. Following is the article and photo—as it appeared in the French magazine, Globe*—exposing the two guilty parties. By their own admission.