'Last Seen' Podcast Asks: What If The World's Largest Art Heist Was An Inside Job?

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Former Gardner Museum security guard Rick Abath. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)
Former Gardner Museum security guard Rick Abath. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)

On Monday, WBUR and The Boston Globe dropped the second episode of their new investigative podcast, Last Seen. 

The podcast takes a deep dive look into what happened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in the early morning hours of March 18, 1990.

Nearly three decades ago,  two thieves dressed as Boston cops went into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the two guards and stole 13 pieces of art now valued at half a billion dollars. In the 28 years since, there hasn't been one credible sighting of any of those pieces.

At the heart of  episode two lies the question: Was the 1990 Isabella Gardner Museum heist an inside job? Could one of the security guards tied up that night--a 23-year-old Berklee College of Music dropout--be behind the largest art heist in history?


Kelly Horan, senior producer and reporter for Last Seen a podcast collaboration between WBUR and The Boston Globe.  She tweets @kellyahoran.

This article was originally published on September 24, 2018.

This segment aired on September 24, 2018.

Kelly Horan Senior Producer, Reporter
Kelly Horan is the senior producer and a senior reporter of Last Seen.


Anthony Brooks Senior Political Reporter
Anthony Brooks is WBUR's senior political reporter.


Eve Zuckoff Freelance Producer, Radio Boston
Eve Zuckoff was a freelance producer for Radio Boston.



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