On March 18, 1990, a number of priceless works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, including a Vermeer painting of a man seated looking at paintings, an Éduardo Manet painting of a man in a hat, five pen and pencil drawings, a bird finial, Rembrandts, and more. A remarkable connection has been discovered by Suzanne, the daughter of a woman named Mary who purchased artwork from a man named Mr. Koch in 1991/1992.
The connection between these two events is striking. Koch sold Mary artwork by master artists, including a Vincent van Gogh painting of the Sultan of Morocco, an Éduardo Manet painting, five pen and pencil drawings, three bird paintings, Picassos, and more. Moreover, Koch gave Mary a print of a man seated looking at a painting, which she described as having been given to her by a man with shaky hands. This was the last and final connection that Suzanne found after years of research.
But the connections between the Gardner Museum art heist and Koch's sales to Mary are not the only intriguing aspects of this case. The media has speculated that the murder of Robert Donati was connected to the Gardner Museum heist, and just 13 days after his death, Koch lost over $100 million of his art collection in a mysterious fire at an art storage warehouse in London. It was just a few weeks after this fire that Koch arrived in Mary's life, selling her artwork by master artists and claiming that the damage on the artwork was from being saved from the warehouse fire.
There are numerous other coincidences and connections that point to Koch's potential involvement in these major art heists, including his struggles in London, where he was not accustomed to not getting his way. Suzanne and her mother have presented their theory on their in a book, CrimeAndCanvas.com, and are calling on the media to report on their findings.
While their theory remains unproven, the connections between these events are too strong to ignore. It is time for the media to take notice and report on this fascinating story.