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Stéphanie Rabinowitz

Stéphanie Rabinowitz with Brian McDevitt in December 1989. (Courtesy Stéphanie Rabinowitz)
Stéphanie Rabinowitz with Brian McDevitt in December 1989. (Courtesy Stéphanie Rabinowitz)

Stéphanie Rabinowitz met Brian McDevitt in Boston on July 6, 1989 at a comedy club. She was 22 at the time, living in Allston and working in animation for film and commercials. McDevitt told her that he was a screenwriter for “The Wonder Years” and Paramount and Columbia. He was not. Six months into their relationship — and three days before the Gardner Museum robbery — McDevitt told Rabinowitz he was heading to New York City for the Writers Guild Awards ceremony, and that he’d be out of touch all weekend. She didn’t hear from him again until late in the day on Sunday, March 18, 1990, the day the museum was robbed. Rabinowitz kept detailed diaries at the time. In one entry, from 1992, she recalled that McDevitt, who had recently been outed in the press as a suspect in the Gardner heist, asked her to be his alibi for the date the Gardner was robbed. She denied him.


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