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George Anastasia

George Anastasia. (Courtesy)
George Anastasia. (Courtesy)

George Anastasia has covered organized crime in Philadelphia for 40 years. The Gardner heist investigation follows a thread that puts the Gardner art in the city around 2003. According to Anastasia though, the Philadelphia mob would have never known how to sell masterpieces, let alone Rembrandts. He remembers a time when they had a Lamborghini but in moving it, completely wrecked the car.

“I mean, if they can't deal with a Lamborghini, how are they going to deal with a Degas, Manet, or Rembrandt? I don't know,” Anastasia said. “It's almost dangerous to think about what might have happened to this precious stuff.”


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