Yet another bizarre news story about dead things!
Sunday, Dec 07 2008 This Evening
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:21 PM on 02nd December 2008
Police tracking a gang who robbed the tomb of a billionaire industrialist are linking it to a secret plot to steal Arnold Schwarzenegger's mother's coffin.
Detectives in Schwarzenegger's native Austria are this week quizzing ex special forces soldier Karl Painer over claims that the gang tried to recruit him for the raid on Schwarzenegger's mother's body.
Last month the body of Austrian tycoon Friedrich Karl Flick was stolen from the family tomb in Velden, southern Austria.
Shock plot: Arnold Schwarzenegger with his late mother Aurelia
According to local media, Painer has now been interviewed by police who believe that Mr Flick's disappearance could be linked to a plot to snatch Aurelia Schwarzenegger's body seven years ago.
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Painer, 45, claims he was asked to help steal her coffin in 2001, three years after her death.
In his book Bloody Bouncers he claimed that a Polish man asked him for help stealing the coffin from the cemetery in Weiz, eastern Austria.
Austrian industrialist Friedrich Karl Flick died two years ago
Painer said the man contacted him as he lives in Weiz and knew him from time they'd spent in prison together.
Painer said: 'He said we could make millions by blackmailing Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course I refused to help him. In the end, the raid never happened.'
Now police are linking the two plots and believe they may have stumbled across a bizarre VIP grave-robbing gang.
Mr Flick inherited the family business in 1972, a multi-billion fortune made from exploiting concentration camp labour during World War II.
'There has been no demand for a ransom yet so we still don't know why they're doing this. The two cases are very similar and worth studying in more detail,' said one police source.
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