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Wednesday, 07 April 2021 08:41

'This Is A Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist' Full Review

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Another Netflix docuseries? Yes. Is it as addicting and intriguing as all the others we watch? Yes! This Is A Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist is the latest docuseries to drop on Netflix and we definitely recommend taking the time to watch it.

Please beware there will be spoilers in this article so make sure you head over and watch it now before reading!

This series delves into the art heist of 1990 in Boston that took place in the Isabella Garnder Museum. On Saint Patrick's day evening, when everyone was distracted with the celebrations and the following day parade on the other side of town, it left the area the museum was located, very sparsely populated and quiet. A perfect distraction.

The culprits were dressed up as Boston PD and were let into the building. They tied up the security guards in the tunnels below the building and took 81 precious minutes to steal 13 pieces of art worth 200 million dollars. The strange thing is, only 40 minutes of those 81 did the alarm detectors not pick up movement. How was this possible?

Richard Abath, one of the guards on shift that night was investigated as an accomplice to the crime, especially since he opened and closed the door a few minutes prior to the thieves coming in. This was not part of protocol and the door should never have been opened but Abath claimed he always did it. Was it possible that was a signal from Abath to the criminals that it was all systems go? There is no evidence but it's very suspicious.


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The series follows on by looking into the mob connections surrounding this case.

Around the time of the robbery, the New England mafia trails had begun. Now you may ask why does that have anything to do with the heist? Well art was the equivalent to collateral and basically acted like a "get out of jail free card" for these type of situations.

Interestingly enough, 9 years prior to the Gardner case, evidence showed that the museum was actually cased by people who had Rosetti gang connections. This led the investigators to look into this particular Boston mob and found a suspicious crew who were all employees at a motorshop.

Looking into this crew and all the mystery and connections surrounding them, revealed that in the end, only one is still alive today. The others had either been murdered, died of unnatural or natural causes which leaves a very suspicious taste in ones mouth. The remaining member, David Turner, also mysteriously got his sentence shortened and it was never said why. Still to this day, the paintings are missing and no leads have panned out.

The likelihood of someone finding one these lost treasures in their grandparent's attic is increasing as the years go by, so maybe take a quick trip up and have a look yourself, you never know!

Overall, the docuseries was a perfectly paced, informative and intriguing insight into the biggest art heist in the world.

All 4 episodes are available on Netflix now.

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