Heist! The Isabella Gardner Stewart museum – Stephen Kurkjian
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
It’s regarded as the largest art theft in world history – the theft of more than a half billion dollars in art pieces including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Manet, stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. And more than 28 years later the crime remains unsolved, no one has ever been arrested, and not a single piece recovered, despite the museum’s offer of a $10 million reward and the pledge by federal officials not to prosecute anyone who returns the art voluntarily. Stephen Kurkjian, who was The Boston Globe‘s principal reporter on the case for a decade before his retirement in 2008, will talk about the case and his 2015 non-fiction book, Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off The World’s Greatest Art Heist, which has been praised as the most-authoritative account of the case. Kurkjian has been working with WBUR on the podcast on the case, LAST SEEN, which will air in mid-September.