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Mysteries In The Museum: Crime And Deception In Art

Sep 8, 2017

The FBI still doesn’t know what happened to $500 million dollars worth of  paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

The last living person who might know, Robert "The Cook" Gentile -- a reputed Connecticut mobster, could soon be sent away for a long time on unrelated weapons charges. Will a delay in his sentencing mean new info for authorities?

This hour, we dive into this famous unsolved art mystery.

We also consider another art crime -- forgery. How do museums and collectors detect whether their prized possessions are frauds?

And later, we hear about a “controversial” Viking map that proved to be a forgery. Why do some museums and libraries to hold onto, or even acquire, known fakes?

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.