The evidence: Margaret Rutherford alias Miss Marple is still alive. Somewhere in Germany!

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...the museum now owns a 16 mm celluloid copy of the movie "Blithe Spirit" (1945)? "Blithe Spirit" was Margaret Rutherfords big success on stage and in movies. (Dec., 17th, 2015)

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...the Academy Award (Oscar) Margaret Rutherford was stolen in 1972 has now returned to the place it belongs, the Rutherford Museum :-). Because of this the museum-bus, which is supposed to ride between Milchester and Steckenstein, can be bought.  Special Thanks to Michael and Gitta for their hint in this case and  (05.12.2015) and wire-haired dachshund "Buddy" for escorting the overpass of the statue (a true story???) :-)

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...on September 15th 2015 the 125th birthday of the queen of crime Dame Agatha Christie was celebrated in the Kriminalhaus in germany's capitol city of crime Hillesheim? Of course I was invited by Ralf Kramp, the owner of the Kriminalhaus and the german crime baron, to celebrate this with fans and I talked about the life and work of Dame Margaret Rutherford. Seems, they had fun with my lecture. I also met actor Claus Wilcke who played Percy Stewart in the 70s series same name.

I am talking about Margaret Rutherford's life, her stage and screen work, about the filming of Miss Marple in the 60s.

A special thank you to Ralf Kramp and his lovely wife Monika

approx. 1 hour I was talking about Rutherford, Miss Marple, Agatha Christie and so on.

german actor Claus Wilcke is reading Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot

A special present from Ralf Kramp for my little Margaret Rutherford Museum: a Vinyl SIngle of Ron Goodwins "Murder she said" melody. The english single was made for the scandinavian fans and the title says "Murder she says". Thank you Ralf for this!

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...that since Sept. 5th 2015 the Rutherford Museum owns a cape, which is not 1:1 from the original Miss Marple Cape, but very close to it? Same size, same cut as the original one. The dressmaker Waltraud G. made this after the stills from the movies. Just great

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...that even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. got to know about the little museum dedicated to Margaret Rutherford? And Her Majesty seemed "amused". Take a look at the evidence on the left side!

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...August, 7th 2015: Same place, same view - Margaret's grave almost empty, the only plants I found were dry. But as you know: I have my methods and I bought flowers and decorated her grave in the name of all german fans!

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...that Anke Ehlers presented "Miss Marple" on the 2015 ISU Adult on Ice? Fabulous!

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...that my very dear friend Julia and her husband "Romeo" gave me a bottle of the same gin Captain Rhumstone in "Murder Ahoy" gave to Miss Marple as remembrance to the battle of Trafalgar? The brand is the same, they just use another bottle today than in 1964.

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Uwe and me have been visiting "ROBO", also very big Fan of Margaret Rurherford? "ROBO" once draw a cartoon of me and Margaret, made a clock with a "Miss Marple" picture in it and he has got the most wonderful little family you can imagine. 

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...that Hans from Nurnberg mailed me a newspaper-article (Daily Express dated March, 9th,1960) , reporting the marriage of australian actress Darlene Johnson. She and her groom are standing at Highgate Old Hall London in the backyard. Margaret and Stringer met her once in Australia and gave her a home during her stay in Great Britain. Stringer gave the "father of the bride" on their wedding. ("I have been like a daughter in her home"). As Margaret always had a big heart I would not be astonished, that she payed the wedding of Darlene. 

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...that I just decided to screw down my collecting-fever? Unfortunately it did not last very long, as the Step-daughter of composer Ron Goodwin (who composed the Miss Marple melody) wrote to me and asked me if I was interested in a letter Margaret wrote to Ron to say thank you for a letter he sent to her before. Now the original letter is a part of my collection. So, never say never again. :-)

right: Ronnie Raymond as Alexander Eastley in "Murder she said"

left: Ronnie Raymond (left) in Disneys Movie "Greyfriars Bobby" (1961)

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that Ronnie Raymond (Ron Liles) , who played Alexander Eastley in "Murder she said" passed away on January, 26th 2015 at the age of 68?  I met him first on February, 4th 2011 and from my first enthusiasm by listening his reports from the making of "murder she said" grew a real friendship. In may 2014 I saw him for the last time and he waved "good bye" with the words "And don't forget to drive on the left side here". Uwe and me could say "good bye" to him at his coffin on Feb. 6th 2015

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..there is a new book with criminal short-stories? Nothing new, you would say. But in this (german) book my friend Ralf Kramp wrote a crime called "Das Geheimnis um den gestohlenen Oscar" ("the secret about the stolen Oscar"). Oh yes - something that happened to Margaret Rutherford too after her death. The story is about this stolen Oscar statue and funny in this story: a german Fan of Margaret Rutherford is one of the protagonists and his name: Klaus Rödder.  

(The books title is: "Mit Schirm, Charme und Pistole" publishes by KBV.)

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that in the left rear door of the cab in "Murder she said" you can see a member of the filming crew? If he knew, that he would have a suporting role in this Miss Marple movie? (thanks to Valerie from Essen who gave me the hint on Sept., 28th, 2014)

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that Nick Sonley, former director of the Kings Arms Hotel in Amersham, and very dear friend of me, died on Sept. 14th 2014? I sure will miss this wonderful man!

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... the grave of Margaret Rutherfords parenst still exists? Someone anonymous contacted me and told me about this fact. He or she found that grave, restored it a little bit. I visited it in 2014

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... because of the growing collection of Margaret Rutherford memorabilia, I decided to start a new room in the first floor? I took furniture of the 50s and the 60s of the last century, and the room ist now somehow a branch of the museumroom downstairs! 

To be continued soon..............