A man named Ondrej Jajcaj said that he has extracted the teeth of some of the world's most famous composers, including Johann Strauss and Johannes Brahms. He also promises that the teeth will be on display at an exhibition that will include objects he stole from other graves.
Jajcaj was identified by Austrian media as the culprit. The man, who calls himself the Freedom Undertaker, has posted several Youtube videos in which he shows viewers graves of honor in the Viennese Central Cemetery, ABC reported.
He claims to have stolen hundreds of skulls and dentures since he began stealing, the Austrian Independent reported.
And now, we come to the major pedestal, said Jajcaj, in a video. On the top are the teeth of Johann Strauss Jr. To the left there are dentures of his wife Adele Strauss. To the right, we have rubber prosthesis of Johannes Brahms. Here, I, as an amateur have managed to build an illegal historical collection of dental works.
In 2008, cemetery officials found evidence that some of the graves were tampered with. Jajcaj was investigated and accused of disturbing the peace of the dead. However, prosecutors dropped charges against him due to the statute of limitations, according to ABC.
However, since the Youtube videos popped up online, Austrian police are investigating Jajcaj again. They are checking tombs for evidence that Johann Strauss's and Johannes Brahms's dentures were removed.
Officials have begun checking the graves of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Arnold Schoenberg, the Telegraph reported.
If convicted, the thief could face six months to 10 years in prison.
We hope we can charge him with burglary, disturbing the peace of the dead and other related crimes, said Thomas Vecsey of the Vienna state prosecutor's office, according to ABC News. But the fact that he is not Austrian and does not reside in Austria, complicates things.