Sigmund Freud's ashes: Police say thieves tried to steal famed psychoanalyst's ashes from London cemetary.

Someone Tried to Steal Sigmund Freud's Ashes Over New Year's

Someone Tried to Steal Sigmund Freud's Ashes Over New Year's

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Jan. 15 2014 12:33 PM

Someone Tried to Steal Sigmund Freud's Ashes Over New Year's

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A picture shows the exterior of Golders Green crematorium in London on January 15, 2014 where the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife are housed.

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And you thought your New Year's was exciting, via the AFP:

Thieves tried to steal the ashes of Sigmund Freud, regarded as the father of modern psychoanalysis, and his wife Martha from a Jewish cemetery in London, police said on Wednesday. The ashes were contained in an ancient urn dating back to the third century BC, which was severely damaged during the attempted theft sometime around New Year's Eve.

From the sounds of it, London police aren't sure who was behind the creepy caper, and are likewise struggling to comprehend the thieves' motive. "Even leaving aside the financial value of the irreplaceable urn and the historical significance to whom it related," Detective Constable Daniel Chandler said today, "the fact that someone set out to take an object knowing it contained the last remains of a person defies belief."

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