On October 15, 2005, the Wicked Witch of the East was finally declared legally dead---67 years after the
onscreen character died in the hit movie classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Meinhardt Raabe, the 90-year old actor
who played the coroner of Munchkinland in the 1939 MGM musical signed the certificate in Wamego, Kan., as
part of the Oztoberfest festival. As state registrar, Dr. Lorne Phillips accepted the death certificate from a
Wamego funeral director.