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Welcome to Empty Frames: an art crime experience.

Season 1 is about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist: In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes they stole 13 pieces of artwork, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt.

Season two takes a deeper look at all angles of art crime.

Find season one on Stitcher Premium.
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Gardner Heist Minutia

Gardner Heist Minutia

2019-08-2001:03:501

In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 6 of season 2 Tim & Lance again talk to the Muddy River Fact Checker. He helped us out on season one with keeping the Gardner heist facts straight. And now he's back to help us break down some Gardner heist minutia.Our topics include the crime scene photos of Rick Abath, and the surveillance video that was shot the night before the heist. Crime scene photo: https://www.wbur.org/lastseen/2018/09/24/inside-job Night Before Heist video: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/boston/news/press-releases/historic-footage-connected-to-gardner-museum-burglary-released-public-assistance-sought.In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach
Stolen da Vinci

Stolen da Vinci

2019-08-0601:11:241

In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 5 of season 2 Tim & Lance again talk to Turbo Paul Hendry. He's a former "knocker" who went on to be a firewall between people who possess stolen artwork and their owners. We talk about the stolen Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting was stolen in 2003 from Drumlanrig Castle by two thieves posing as tourists, who said "Don't worry love, we're the police. This is just practice" to two tourists from New Zealand as they exited through a window. Check out Turbo's blogs: http://arthostage.blogspot.com/, http://stolenvermeer.blogspot.com/.In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach
Dr. No w/ Tubo Paul

Dr. No w/ Tubo Paul

2019-07-2301:11:08

In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 4 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Turbo Paul Hendry. He's a former "knocker" who went on to be a firewall between people who possess stolen artwork and their owners. We talk about the idea of a Dr. No character who might possess famous stolen artworks. Do Dr. No's exist? Turbo has a few real life Dr. No examples for us. And what exactly is a Dr. Yes? Listen to find out. Check out Turbo's blogs: http://stolenvermeer.blogspot.com/, http://arthostage.blogspot.com/.  In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach 
Introducing Incel

Introducing Incel

2019-07-1500:08:32

Introducing Incel - the new investigative series from Crawlspace Media and Naama Kates.Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/incel/id1469915971Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=431958&refid=stprSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0MNbSRtiRTJBQftfPWnPqwInvestigative journalist Naama Kates dives deep inside the incel community. Incel is shorthand for involuntary celibate. Follow Naama's journey.Contact Naama: theincelproject@gmail.comhttps://twitter.com/incelprojecthttps://twitter.com/naamakatesCheck out these great shows from Crawlspace Media:Missing Maura Murray: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/missing-maura-murray/id1006974447Crawlspace: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crawlspace-true-crime-mysteries/id1187326340Empty Frames: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/empty-frames/id1339744456True Crime Twins: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-twins/id1459114107Criminal Perspective: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/criminal-perspective/id1471068303
Shredding Banksy

Shredding Banksy

2019-07-0901:02:341

In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 3 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Aja Romano, internet culture reporter for Vox. Aja wrote a great article on Banksy's stunt at Sotheby's in London in October of 2018. Check Aja Romano's articles at https://www.vox.com/authors/aja-romano, and follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajaromano Her article on Banksy's shredding of Balloon Girl: https://www.vox.com/2018/10/8/17941350/banksy-trolls-sothebys-shredded-art-balloon-girl Banksy's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/p/BomXijJhArX/, his director's cut: https://youtu.be/9MezgOU9vRg In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach
The Art Forger

The Art Forger

2019-06-2501:03:21

In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 2 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger. The Art Forger is a novel based on an art forger who is commissioned to recreate one of the Gardner Museum's stolen pieces. Check out The Art Forger and other B.A. Shapiro's books at BAShapirobooks.com, and follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ba_shapiroIn season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: chn.ge/2KLIKL9
Woman Ochre Returns

Woman Ochre Returns

2019-06-1101:10:201

In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 1 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Buck Burns and David Van Auker - owners of Manzanita Ridge Furniture & Antiques of Silver City, New Mexico about the stolen de Kooning painting they randomly became owners of. This episode is called Woman Ochre Returns, and it's a hell of an art recovery story that you need to hear.Go to GreenChef.us/EmptyFrames75 for a total of $75 off, that's $25 off each of your first 3 boxes!In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name. https://chn.ge/2KLIKL9Check out these great shows from Crawlspace Media:MMM: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/missing-maura-murray/id1006974447Crawlspace: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crawlspace-true-crime-mysteries/id1187326340True Crime Twins: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-twins/id1459114107
Empty Frames season 2 promo

Empty Frames season 2 promo

2019-01-0200:04:36

Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna are back to tell you how to listen to Empty Frames season 2.
The Turbo Plan

The Turbo Plan

2018-06-2701:17:07

In episode eleven Tim & Lance talk to former swindler Turbo Paul Hendry about his thoughts on the Gardner heist, and how the artwork can be recovered. Visit Turbo's blog: http://arthostage.blogspot.com/In Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990\. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return.Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name.  https://chn.ge/2KLIKL9Check out Turbo in the documentary Stolen: http://www.stolenthefilm.com/Original music by Jared Janzen.Empty Frames is a co-production of Crawlspace Media & Audioboom.Go to Framebridge.com/Frames for 15% off your first order with promo code FRAMES!Recent press: https://foto.gettyimages.com/archive/historic/the-500-million-unsolved-mystery-of-the-gardner-museum-heist/http://www.improper.com/arts-culture/ear-buds/Follow our social media pages: https://twitter.com/empty_frames, https://www.instagram.com/emptyframespodcast/, https://www.facebook.com/EmptyFramespodcast/Check out Tim & Lance's other podcasts:Missing Maura Murray: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/missing-maura-murray/id1006974447Crawlspace: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crawlspace/id1187326340emptyframespodcast.comcrawlspacepodcast.comTalks about the security video from the night before:https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/06/fbi-new-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-heisthttps://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/boston/news/press-releases/historic-footage-connected-to-gardner-museum-burglary-released-public-assistance-soughtAbout the reward:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/26/arts/design/gardner-museum-art-reward.htmlAbout the extended reward:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/arts/design/isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-extends-reward-heist.htmlAbout the heist:https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/jan/19/boston-art-heist-isabella-stewart-gardner-museumhttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-art-of-crimeus5a5e7a28e4b0c40b3e59752eFrom the museum:https://www.gardnermuseum.org/organization/theft#truecrime #heist #art #artheist #stolen #gardnermuseum #gardnerheist #crawlspace #missingmauramurray #podcast #documentary #timpilleri #lancereenstierna #marjoriegalas #isabellastewartgardner #gardnermuseum #turbopaul #turbopaulhendry #change.org #petition
Empty Frames Trailer

Empty Frames Trailer

2018-01-2400:03:591

In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes they stole 13 pieces of artwork, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt. In this podcast series Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (of the Missing Maura Murray and Crawlspace podcasts) will dig as deep as possible into the case, theories, and social and economic impact the greatest unsolved art heist of all time had on the community. Empty Frames premieres February 6th 2018 on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.Follow us on social media:https://twitter.com/empty_frameshttps://www.facebook.com/EmptyFramespodcast/https://www.instagram.com/emptyframespodcast/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb4xoWHxXY1fWrK93A84zkg#heist #truecrime #podcast #documentary #boston #emptyframes #missingmauramurray #crawlspace
Comments (12)

Eugenia

Really great interview. I have to start purchasing this author's books.

Aug 9th
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Sneha Nanavati

True Crime meets art heist, this could not have been any more interesting. give this a listen! #AmbassadorRecommends

Jun 19th
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Bonni Wilbourne

too many unrelated details. not great story telling.

Oct 3rd
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Alexandrea Lee

Yeah, I agree with everyone else's gripes - I'm learning nothing I can't get from a Google search, and then bored sitting through what feels like 20 minutes of ads. Very disappointed already by this.

Aug 16th
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Ryan Patrick Burkhardt

sounds like he wants his buddies to make some money

Jun 27th
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Lane DK

thanks everyone in the comments for saving me the disappointment lol... no thanks to this one

May 10th
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Felipe Ferri

not only the quantity of ad breaks is excessive, they are really long and annoying.

May 9th
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Felipe Suárez

Really odd planning of the podcast. It's like you are overhearing a conversation between people that know the subject inside out. They never introduce the characters of the story, so you are treated to name after name with little or no context. Confusing and unclear. A shame.

Apr 26th
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Lady Woo

Think the storyboard needs to be revisited. We want to know the juicy exciting details about how the heist took place first then discuss it! Bored now. (And I take umbrance at author Ulrich who inferred people from lower incomes wouldn't be so familiar with some of the artists. I am a cleaner with lower income yet earned a high A Level in Art History and also have a degree. So you can shove your judgemental ideas...) And on that note... see ya!

Mar 9th
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Trogdor T Burninator

3 ad breaks for a 45 minute podcast? You have to be kidding me. This is the first time I think someone might be doing a podcast for the money. I just finished the 3rd episode and they still haven’t covered the heist in detail (“we’ll get to that later”) but did spend the entire episode on a musician who may be at best tangentially-related to the theft. Each week it feels like the hosts are just winging it with no clue what they’re talking out. Yup, I’m out.

Mar 7th
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Jaymes

interesting podcast! but there's just too many ad breaks! the first episode is only 30 minutes yet there's ads before it starts, and three more ad breaks before it ends.. how are people supposed to get invested in the story when its constantly getting interrupted with so many ad breaks....if they think it's ok to have 4 advertising breaks within 30 minutes then the future full length episodes will probably have even more, and to that I say no thank you. I listen to tons of podcasts and I can tolerate 1 or 2 breaks on an episode which is an hour or more in length, but FOUR ad breaks in 30 minutes??....that is just silly, and it's a sure sign of hosts who care more about making money than getting their story across...and it's turned me off wanting to subscribe and tune in to future episode's.

Feb 25th
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