Mystery Surrounds Theft of Pirate Skull
The skull of a medieval pirate was recently stolen from a German museum, and investigators continue to grapple with the mystery.
The spike-pierced skull, believed to be that of legendary 14th-century freebooter Klaus Störtebeker, was reported missing by the Museum for Hamburg History on 9 January. "We are all very upset about the theft," said museum director Lisa Kosok in a press release. The museum has offered a reward of several thousand euros for information leading to the skull's whereabouts, while a spokesman for the Hamburg Police announced, "We have opened a larceny probe."
Störtebeker (roughly translated from Old German, the nickname means "drain the mug in one swig") is the region's most famous pirate, a folk hero to Germans of diverse political persuasions. A statue of the Baltic sea-rogue is a landmark in the bustling port city of Hamburg, and everything from a brewery to a hotel to an annual festival to a punk club has borne homage to his name.