By Stephen Kurkjian
The definitive tale of the best artwork robbery in history.
In a mystery assembly in 1981, a low-level Boston thief gave occupation gangster Ralph Rossetti the end of a life-time: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was once an incredible ranking ready to ensue. even though its collections integrated valuable artistic endeavors by means of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and others, its protection was once affordable, mismanaged, and outdated. And now, it appeared, the complete Boston legal underworld knew it.
Nearly a decade handed sooner than the Museum museum used to be ultimately hit. but if it eventually occurred, the robbery quick turned essentially the most notorious artwork heists in background: 13 artworks worth as much as $500 million, by means of one of the most well-known artists on this planet, have been taken. The Boston FBI took keep watch over of the research, yet twenty-five years later the case continues to be unsolved and the paintings continues to be missing.
Stephen Kurkjian, one of many best investigative newshounds within the kingdom, has been operating this example for over approximately 20 years. In grasp Thieves, he sheds new mild on a few of the Gardner’s such a lot abiding mysteries. Why might an individual thieve those work, in basic terms to go away them hidden for twenty-five years? And why, if one of many best crime bosses within the urban knew approximately this rating in 1981, did the robbery ensue in 1990? What occurred in these intervening years? And what may possibly all this need to do with Boston’s infamous gang wars of the 1980s?
Kurkjian’s reporting is already answerable for many of the greatest breaks during this tale, together with a meticulous reconstruction of what occurred on the Museum museum that fateful evening. Now grasp Thieves will display the identities of these he believes plotted the heist, the rationale for the crime, and the main points that the FBI has refused to debate. Taking you on a trip deep into the gangs of Boston, Kurkjian emerges with the main whole and compelling model of this tale ever informed.
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Sie suchte für ihn im Britischen Museum immer die Unterlagen heraus – und derartige Dinge. Sie hatte vorher schon Lord Mulcaster bei seinem Buch geholfen. Und sie war taktvoll – ich meine: Sie suchte nicht die falschen Dinge heraus. Schließlich hat jeder Mensch Vorfahren, an die er nicht gern erinnert werden möchte. In diesem Punkt war Gervase sehr empfindlich. Mir hat sie übrigens auch geholfen. Eine Menge Informationen über Hatschepsut hat sie mir besorgt. « Diese Neuigkeit gab Lady Chevenix-Gore mit ruhiger Stimme 41 bekannt.
Betrogen? « Lady Chevenix-Gore schüttelte den Kopf, immer noch ohne wirkliches Interesse. « »Vor dem Abendessen, auf dem Weg nach unten, schaute er wie gewöhnlich bei mir herein. Meine Zofe war dabei. « »Ach, über die Familiengeschichte. Er kam so gut damit voran. Und er hatte diese seltsame Frau, Miss Lingard, gefunden, die für ihn unbezahlbar war. Sie suchte für ihn im Britischen Museum immer die Unterlagen heraus – und derartige Dinge. Sie hatte vorher schon Lord Mulcaster bei seinem Buch geholfen.
Aber natürlich! « »Lassen Sie mich einen Moment überlegen. Zum Beispiel merkte ich, daß er manchmal anscheinend gar nicht begriff, was ich ihm erzählte…« »Einen Moment. Pardon. « »Heute nachmittag. « »Wie ich schon sagte, fiel es Sir Gervase anscheinend schwer, sich zu konzentrieren – er erwähnte es sogar selbst und fügte noch hinzu, daß verschiedene ernste Angelegenheiten ihn stark beschäftigten. « »Ach, irgend etwas Besänftigendes. « »Mehr oder weniger. Wir wandten uns dann wieder Sir Roger Chevenix-Gore zu.