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    Case No. RMW-002

    Missing Artifacts from the Wisconsin Historical Society

    (Episode: Madison Hour 2)

    Case Profile

    Date of Incident Artifacts discovered missing in September, 2000
    Owner Wisconsin Historical Society
    Location Wisconsin Historical Society facilities in Madison, Wisconsin
    Missing Over 400 artifacts, most from the Native American Ethnographic Collection
    Status 35 items were returned to the society as a result of the criminal investigation against former curator, David Wooley. Hundreds of artifacts remain at large.
    Case Summary In the fall of 2000, the Wisconsin Historical Society made a shocking discovery: hundreds of artifacts from their collection had been taken, and one of their own ex-staff members was a primary suspect. In October 2001, former WHS curator, David Wooley, plead guilty to 14 counts of felony theft and 3 counts of failing to file a state tax return. Hundreds of artifacts remain at large.
    Resources Online: Wisconsin Historical Society Native American Object Recovery Effort
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