1990s Art Crimes SOLVED From First-Hand Encounters
EVENT 1 March 18, 1990: One of the largest art heists in history, allegedly ordered by a billionaire, occurred. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ART Heist
EVENT 2 September 21, 1991 (discovered September 24, 1991): Mafia member and prime suspect in the above art heist (Robert Donati) who stated he was prepaid by a billionaire to do the art heist was found murdered mafia style (bound and gagged in the trunk of a car.) According to reports, the mafia didn't instruct Donati to do the heist and killed him to set an example. Read A True Crime Art Story SOLVED by Suzanne.
EVENT 3 October 7, 1991 (13 days after Donati was discovered murdered): James Bourlet & Son art storage warehouse fire (in London, UK), destroyed several hundred million dollars in art and collectibles. Most of the items destroyed belonged to a billionaire. Read the Independent.co.uk news article here.
EVENT 4 November 1991 (2-3 weeks after the fire): My mother's story begins with a stranger arriving in her life at her flea market booth, sharing stories of a wealthy man's life and selling her artwork by Master Artists for several dollars a piece. Visits over several months. View the handwritten notes from those visits here.
I strongly believe the events above are connected by the same billionaire.
Over the years, when reporting this, people would ask why this man would visit my mother and do what we claim he did. My mother doesn't have an answer for that other than what she has shared about his visits.
In my many years researching my mother's story, I had the same question about why this man did this. Why did he sell her artwork of such varying values? So many questions. After we thought he died (read about his departure here), we thought the man had known he was dying and decided to find someone to pass his artwork to through small purchase price transactions to ensure a sale for legal purposes.
We had hoped to find out who this man was (when we believed he had died). So as to let his family and the world know the generosity of the man. When (in 2010) we discovered he was alive, things started to unravel around who the man actually was. Then there were a lot more questions about why this man did what he did.
After so much research, you begin to form a bond with the information you are gathering. You are able to understand the connecting points. When you find pieces that connect like they are supposed to, you know you are on the right path. The day I solved the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist was totally unexpected and it came as an answer to the question "why the man sold the artwork he did to my mother?".
Imagine solving something so HUGE and no one will listen. Simply because, on the surface, they don't want to believe. Maybe they don't want to believe (regardless of the information I am providing) because they believe the likelihood that I solved this art heist is zero. Maybe they think I have a better chance of winning the lottery than being the person that solved these art crimes.
BUT, there is actually a chance that the information I am providing might actually be helpful in solving these art crimes. Because at the end of the day these art crimes did happen and there is an answer to who did the crimes. Including the high likelihood they were done by a billionaire. I am providing real, factual information that can all be proven and backed up with legal documents connecting to an ART LOVING BILLIONAIRE.
I am not providing you with a "theory" based on internet research. Like other "internet researchers" who have written books on the Isabella art heist and are published in news articles as a source of information. When not one of the published books on this art heist comes from first-hand ART encounters.
I have information from actual encounters that occurred with my mother. This information is what forms the basis of my research. Including the original handwritten notes by the man that visited my mother. Sotheby's authentication of one of the paintings mentioned in the notes. Sotheby's documents are from 1992 proving the time period. I have Florida state records that a handwriting expert has stated one of the documents' handwriting looks very similar to the writing in the handwritten notes shown to him.
My mother was sold artwork by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Eduardo Manet, and more! Her story deserves to be heard. This is 1000% a true and newsworthy story. I believe if this story is finally reported on, other people and organizations will come forward with more information.
I am having a book published Crime & Canvas, the book is about my journey trying to share my mother's art story. An art story based on first hand ART encounters. Maybe if I have a book published like the "internet researchers" I mentioned above you will finally listen to the my mother's story like it is a source of information...