John Lennon's Stolen Diaries Have Been Found After 11 Years
Along with about 100 other pieces of Lennon memorabilia, including a few pairs of his iconic glasses.
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German police recovered a trove of stolen artifacts belonging to John Lennon, including a set of diaries that the singer last wrote in on the morning he was murdered, the Associated Press reports.
Along with the diaries, police found two pairs of Lennon's iconic round glasses, handwritten musical scores, a tape recording of a 1965 Beatles concert, a cigarette case, and more—a massive haul totaling about 100 items. The memorabilia has been missing since 2006, when it was reportedly stolen from Yoko Ono's place in New York.
A majority of the stolen possessions—86 pieces—were uncovered in a German auction house last July, prompting police to investigate how they wound up there. On Monday, the cops arrested a 58-year-old man in connection to the stolen goods. When they searched his home and car, they discovered more of the missing items stuffed into his trunk.
According to police, Ono's former chauffeur is also wanted for the theft, but the guy is currently "unattainable" in Turkey and needs to be extradited.
Over the course of the investigation, police flew to New York to show Ono some of the recovered items. Prosecutor Susann Wettley said that Ono "was very emotional" when she saw her late husband's belongings, which have been missing for over a decade.
"We noticed clearly how much these things mean to her and how happy she would be to have them back," Wettley said.
Police are hanging onto Lennon's stuff for the moment as they continue to investigate. Hopefully, it won't take another ten years for the items to make it back into Ono's hands.