20 episodes

Welcome to Empty Frames: an art crime experience.

Season 1 is about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist: In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes they stole 13 pieces of artwork, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt.

Season 2 looks at other angles of art crime. We speak with two men who have a wild story of returning a stolen painting, we talk with Turbo Paul about a stolen da Vinci, and we dig into more Gardner heist minutia.

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Welcome to Empty Frames: an art crime experience.

Season 1 is about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist: In the early hours of March 18th, 1990, two thieves posing as police officers were admitted into the Gardner Museum in Boston. In 81 minutes they stole 13 pieces of artwork, among the paintings stripped from their frames were works by Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrandt.

Season 2 looks at other angles of art crime. We speak with two men who have a wild story of returning a stolen painting, we talk with Turbo Paul about a stolen da Vinci, and we dig into more Gardner heist minutia.

    Gardner Heist Minutia

    Gardner Heist Minutia

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 6 of season 2 Tim & Lance again talk to the Muddy River Fact Checker. He helped us out on season one with keeping the Gardner heist facts straight. And now he's back to help us break down some Gardner heist minutia.


    Our topics include the crime scene photos of Rick Abath, and the surveillance video that was shot the night before the heist. Crime scene photo: https://www.wbur.org/lastseen/2018/09/24/inside-job Night Before Heist video: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/boston/news/press-releases/historic-footage-connected-to-gardner-museum-burglary-released-public-assistance-sought.


    In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Stolen da Vinci

    Stolen da Vinci

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 5 of season 2 Tim & Lance again talk to Turbo Paul Hendry. He's a former "knocker" who went on to be a firewall between people who possess stolen artwork and their owners. We talk about the stolen Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting was stolen in 2003 from Drumlanrig Castle by two thieves posing as tourists, who said "Don't worry love, we're the police. This is just practice" to two tourists from New Zealand as they exited through a window. Check out Turbo's blogs: http://arthostage.blogspot.com/, http://stolenvermeer.blogspot.com/.


    In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Dr. No w/ Tubo Paul

    Dr. No w/ Tubo Paul

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 4 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Turbo Paul Hendry. He's a former "knocker" who went on to be a firewall between people who possess stolen artwork and their owners. We talk about the idea of a Dr. No character who might possess famous stolen artworks. Do Dr. No's exist? Turbo has a few real life Dr. No examples for us. And what exactly is a Dr. Yes? Listen to find out. Check out Turbo's blogs: http://stolenvermeer.blogspot.com/, http://arthostage.blogspot.com/.  


    In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Shredding Banksy

    Shredding Banksy

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 3 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Aja Romano, internet culture reporter for Vox. Aja wrote a great article on Banksy's stunt at Sotheby's in London in October of 2018. Check Aja Romano's articles at https://www.vox.com/authors/aja-romano, and follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajaromano Her article on Banksy's shredding of Balloon Girl: https://www.vox.com/2018/10/8/17941350/banksy-trolls-sothebys-shredded-art-balloon-girl Banksy's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/p/BomXijJhArX/, his director's cut: https://youtu.be/9MezgOU9vRg In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: https://www.change.org/p/let-s-bring-home-the-stolen-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-art-a-new-approach

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Art Forger

    The Art Forger

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 2 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to B.A. Shapiro, author of The Art Forger. The Art Forger is a novel based on an art forger who is commissioned to recreate one of the Gardner Museum's stolen pieces. Check out The Art Forger and other B.A. Shapiro's books at BAShapirobooks.com, and follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ba_shapiroIn season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name: chn.ge/2KLIKL9

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Woman Ochre Returns

    Woman Ochre Returns

    In season 2 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna continue their dive into the subject of art heists by getting a broader scope of the world in which these crimes take place. In episode 1 of season 2 Tim & Lance talk to Buck Burns and David Van Auker - owners of Manzanita Ridge Furniture & Antiques of Silver City, New Mexico about the stolen de Kooning painting they randomly became owners of. This episode is called Woman Ochre Returns, and it's a hell of an art recovery story that you need to hear.Go to GreenChef.us/EmptyFrames75 for a total of $75 off, that's $25 off each of your first 3 boxes!In season 1 of Empty Frames Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna (Missing Maura Murray, Crawlspace) dig into the mystery of the greatest art heist of all time. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts was robbed of thirteen pieces of artwork on March 18th, 1990. The frames remain empty today, awaiting their return. Please sign and share the Turbo Plan petition for an itemized price list for the stolen Gardner art. 28 years into our response to this terrible crime, we must consider modifying the approach we take as we attempt to restore what’s been astutely identified as “our heritage.” Through Change.org, you can make your voice heard and help to bring the art home. Go to the link to sign your name. https://chn.ge/2KLIKL9Check out these great shows from Crawlspace Media:MMM: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/missing-maura-murray/id1006974447Crawlspace: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/crawlspace-true-crime-mysteries/id1187326340True Crime Twins: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/true-crime-twins/id1459114107

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

NaniNani87 ,

Interesting subject, better execution needed

It is such an interesting topic with great interviews. You can tell their strength is in their interview skills. However, the story telling leaves something to be desired. They assume that everyone know the basic facts of the case. I would appreciate if in season three they go back to tell the story, lay out the facts, and then introduce interviews. Create a narrative story that will engage listeners.

Additionally, there is an editing issue with the episode Turbo. It appears as though it was cut in half and the end plays first. I actually relistened starting half way through, played it to the end, and then started it 0 seconds.

It is a shame that they pulled most of the first season off of Apple Podcasts and only made it available through stitcher, but I understand the potential business decision behind it.

Karla4 ,

Interesting topic but....

STOP YOUR WHINING ABOUT ANOTHER PODCAST ON THE SAME TOPIC!!!! It’s incredibly unprofessional. Additionally at times content is repeated over and over.

butt fuj ,

Da Vinci episode

Good content, turbo is great!. Need to edit out the parts where one of the hosts completely misses the story and it has to be told all over again....feels amateurish at points. Great storytelling by turbo!

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