On Friday’s Radio Boston, resident gumshoe David Boeri explored that enduring unsolved crime that has capture the imagination of legions of armchair detectives and spawned dozens of books and sundry TV shows and films. And no, its not Whitey’s disappearance. It’s the infamous Gardner Museum heist.
Boeri’s introduction smartly contrasts the two:
…”Bulger was a small man, enabled and elevated by others. In contrast, the paintings at the Gardner, were works of genius. The transcended time and elevated the city for close to a century, until disappearing out of a side door in 1990.”
It was nineteen years ago Monday, when “two men dressed as police officers talked their way into Boston’s elegant Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum” and made off with “a dozen masterpieces, including a Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas.” A five million dollar reward has failed to conjure any of the priceless art.
FBI Art Theft Program.