A boy rides the back of a djinn, watercolour by Spanish artist and illustrator José Segrelles.
Look out! Look out, boys! Clear the track!
The witches are here! They’ve all come back!
They hanged them high,—No use! No use!
What cares a witch for a hangman’s noose?
They buried them deep, but they wouldn’t lie still,
For cats and witches are hard to kill;
They swore they shouldn’t and wouldn’t die,—
Books said they did, but they lie! they lie!
Illustrations from Oliver Wendell Holmes’ “The Broomstick Train; Or, The Return Of The Witches” drawn by Howard Pyle, 1908.
After her son, one of the suspects in the theft, was arrested in January, Olga Dogaru claims to have buried the paintings in her village in Romania. Later she says she dug them up and ultimately burned them in her stove in February of this year.
Investigators, not taking Dogaru at her word, are performing forensic analysis on the ashes taken from her house.