Today, seventeen years ago, Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream,” was finally recovered after a three-month absence. Says History.com:
On May 7, 1994, Norway’s most famous painting, “The Scream” by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from a museum in Oslo. The fragile painting was recovered undamaged at a hotel in Asgardstrand, about 40 miles south of Oslo, police said.
And the note that the robbers left behind? “Thousand thanks for the bad security!”
Enger was sentenced this time to six-and-a-half-years in prison. He escaped while on a field trip in 1999, and was captured 12 days later in a blond wig and dark sunglasses trying to buy a train ticket to Copenhagen.
This part really intrigued me. People still wear disguises? To disguise myself, I might wear a wig & a huge pair of movie star sunglasses as well. After all, I once learned that a face-recognizing camera caught people by judging their eyes. In a TV series about the face—narrated by John Cleese—he preformed an experiment, trying to disguise himself from a facial-recognition camera. How did he finally get away with it? He wore sunglasses.
The eyes are, undoubtedly, beautiful inventions. (Don’t look at me sideways–God did invent them!) Why is it that animals know to look into our eyes? How to people “Feel eyes” on them? Are the eyes really the windows to the soul? Can someone really “see it in your eyes,” and is that why people who are ashamed/nervous refuse to look into your eyes? Looking into somebody’s eyes too long can be uncomfortable…this is something that I’ve learned to conquer over the years. It can be awkward to stare into somebody’s eyes too long.
I suppose it’s even more awkward when you’ve done something like stolen a national painting…