In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 file photo, Head Verger Jon Ormrod tends to the grave of William Shakespeare in the Chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford Upon Avon, England. Archeologists who scanned the grave of William Shakespeare say they have made a startling discovery: His skull appears to be missing. The researchers used ground-penetrating radar to explore beneath the playwright's tomb in Stratford-upon-Avon's Holy Trinity Church. Kevin Colls, who led the study, said the team found "an odd disturbance at the head end." He said Thursday, March 24, 2016 the finding lends support to a claim that the Bard's skull was stolen by grave-robbers in the 18th century.
The roof of the church where William Shakespeare was baptized and buried is seen in the Chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford Upon Avon, England.
Robert Falls, the artistic director of the Goodman Theater in Chicago, walks with the skull of late legendary actor Del Close on Thursday, July 1, 1999. Close, who died in March, requested in his will that the skull be turned over to the theater to be used to play Yorich, in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" or any other purpose the theater deems appropriate.