December, 1998: “I shall steal this priceless edition of Shakespeare’s First Folio from a Durham University exhibition! The perfect historical literary crime! Ha ha!”
July, 2008: “I wonder if this First Folio I stole is authentic? I shall bring this to the Folger Shakespeare Library and leave it with them for analysis. No way they can tell if it was the stolen one, and what will they do if they can? Call the FBI who in turn will alert Scotland Yard? I think not! Ha ha!”
(The suspected thief was apprehended by authorities back in the UK — in the town of Washington, of all places — then questioned at Durham and released on bail.)
Interesting Washington Post story about this yesterday. The suspect does continue to claim he bought the folio in Cuba, and was not the thief.
Really, who among us has not picked up a priceless and historically-significant souvenir whilst visiting our 21-year-old exotic dancing fiancee in Cuba?