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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.
18 Episodes
Introducing 'Last Seen'

Introducing 'Last Seen'


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'


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?'


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'


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

Episode 5: 'The Bobbys'


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

Episode 8: 'Flimflammer'


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

Episode 9: 'The Big Dig'


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

Episode 10: 'Last Seen' Live


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
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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.
"Madness" is a new investigative series from our fellow WBUR podcast, Endless Thread. Told in 5 parts, "Madness" unravels the shocking history of CIA-funded mind-control experiments. In the first episode, Endless Thread presents powerful accounts of abuse at a psychiatric hospital in Montreal, and introduces the renowned doctor who conducted these disturbing experiments on his unwitting patients.
Listen to the trailer for "Anything For Selena," a new podcast from WBUR and Futuro Studios coming in January 2021. Subscribe now so you don't miss it! About The Show: On March 31, 1995, nine-year-old Maria Garcia came home to find her mother glued to the TV, tears rolling down her rosy cheeks. The phone kept ringing. Relatives in Mexico and the States wanted to know if Maria’s family was watching, too. American networks and Mexican programming aired the same top story. Selena Quintanilla, the Grammy-winning ascending Mexican American popstar had been killed — swiftly, violently — by the president of her fan club. The story shook the country and changed Maria’s life. In "Anything For Selena," host Maria Garcia goes on an intimate, revelatory quest to understand how Selena has become a potent symbol for tensions around race, class and body politics in the United States. The series weaves Maria’s personal story as a queer, first-generation Mexican immigrant with cultural analysis, history and politics to explore how, 25 years after her death, Selena remains an unparalleled vessel for understanding Latino identity and American belonging.
Comments (7)

Jordan Amor

Is there a way to sign up for updates. or let us know if there are more episodes?

Mar 2nd


Love this story!

Feb 9th

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

Justin Faist

stay tuned with preet

Nov 12th

Bonni Wilbourne

love this podcast!

Oct 4th
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