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It remains the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: 13 artworks stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Twenty-eight years later, not a single piece in a haul worth half a billion dollars has surfaced. The art, and the thieves who made off with it, remain at large. With first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and more than a year of investigative reporting, "Last Seen" takes us into the biggest unsolved art heist in history. A joint production from WBUR and The Boston Globe.
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Introducing 'Last Seen'

Introducing 'Last Seen'

2018-07-1600:03:127

A look into the largest unsolved art heist in history: the theft of 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. "Last Seen" begins Sept. 17.
Episode 1: '81 Minutes'

Episode 1: '81 Minutes'

2018-09-1400:35:4015

In 1990, two thieves stole 13 irreplaceable artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. We take a closer look at what happened that night.
Episode 2: 'Inside Job?'

Episode 2: 'Inside Job?'

2018-09-2400:33:4610

On the night of the heist, security guard Rick Abath made the critical mistake of letting the thieves into the museum. In this episode, we ask if it was indeed a mistake.
Was the heist planned in the belly of Boston's criminal underworld operating out of a Dorchester auto body shop?
Episode 4: 'Two Bad Men'

Episode 4: 'Two Bad Men'

2018-10-0800:41:068

Were George Reissfelder and David Turner involved in the Gardner heist?
Episode 5: 'The Bobbys'

Episode 5: 'The Bobbys'

2018-10-1500:33:159

We trace the art's possible path from Boston to Connecticut to Philadelphia.
This is a story about how to plot an art recovery, and then blow it entirely.
Episode 7: 'I Was The One'

Episode 7: 'I Was The One'

2018-10-2900:37:068

Was the world's greatest art thief the inspiration, or actually the mastermind, of the Gardner heist?
Episode 8: 'Flimflammer'

Episode 8: 'Flimflammer'

2018-11-0500:44:018

After a parallel heist gone wrong, did Brian McDevitt succeed at the Gardner Museum?
Episode 9: 'The Big Dig'

Episode 9: 'The Big Dig'

2018-11-1200:38:408

We follow a mobster's tip to excavate a lot in Orlando.
Episode 10: 'Last Seen' Live

Episode 10: 'Last Seen' Live

2018-11-1901:01:124

A behind-the-scenes conversation about how we investigated the most sensational unsolved art heist in history.
We’re back in your feed to share a project we think you’ll love. There will be more from Last Seen in the new year. Until then, we wanted to share another mystery with you: an episode of the great WBUR podcast, Endless Thread. This story focuses on a young man who was last seen… in 1995. If you like it, subscribe to Endless Thread wherever you get your podcasts.
Last Seen wants to tell you about another great podcast: Kind World
"Infectious: The Strange Past and Surprising Present of Vaccines — and Anti-Vaxxers" explores the weird, winding story of scientific innovation, medical disasters and online virality that radicalized new parents and created a movement that threatens to send us back to the disease-ridden dark ages.Subscribe to Endless Thread wherever you get your podcasts.
Last Seen fans, here's a story about one of the greatest missing treasures of all-time, The Amber Room, from our friends at WBUR's Endless Thread podcast.The Amber Room was a treasure of kings and an architectural marvel before being stolen by Nazis and lost to history. So…what happened? It all depends on who you ask.
Last Seen's sister podcast, Kind World, recently produced a special series featuring stories of kindness and compassion at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Comments (6)

Jon

Love this story!

Feb 9th
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Camie Snow

no more episodes?

Jan 15th
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Jamie Kuper

Very interesting story! What a shame these thieves got away with this...someone must know something! I think maybe the security supervisor 🤔

Dec 1st
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Justin Faist

stay tuned with preet

Nov 12th
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Bonni Wilbourne

love this podcast!

Oct 4th
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