Last thread? Killed gangster, which is associated with "robbery of the century"

James "Whitey" Bulger - the famous murderer and leader of a criminal group from Boston, who is associated with the robbery of the Isabella Museum, Stuart Gardner - is beaten to death by his cellmates in one of the prisons of West Virginia. The prisoners attacked the 89-year-old gangster the day after his transfer from Florida, reports the New York Times. Bulger served two life sentences for 11 murders and a number of other crimes.His name also often pops up in connection with the robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Twenty-eight years ago, malefactors disguised as police broke into an institution, tied up guards and removed 13 paintings from the walls, worth about half a billion dollars. This theft tops the list of unsolved arts crimes compiled by the FBI. Over the years, the investigation has acquired many theories, one more incredible than the other, for example, about the involvement of criminal clans and the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

The genre scene of Jan Vermeer "Concert" (c. 1660) also turned out to be the prey of robbers in 1990
Despite all the efforts of the museum and the FBI, the works, among which were Rembrandt’s only seascape, “Christ during a storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee” (1633) and “Concert” by Jan Vremeere, have not been found. The award of $ 5 million for information about the crime, proposed by the patrons of the museum, was doubled in May 2017. She was supposed to return to its original size at midnight on December 31 of the same year, but now extended indefinitely.

At the time of the robbery, Bulger was one of the leaders of the underworld of Boston and the main informant of the FBI. Therefore, he was often referred to as a possible mastermind of the crime, or at least one who had information about him. In the end, this man was arrested in 2011 and accused of complicity in 19 murders, racketeering, extortion and money laundering. Two years later, he was convicted on almost all counts.Christ during the storm on the sea of ​​Galilee. Rembrandt Harmensz van Rein, 1633, 160 × 128 cm Charles Hill, now a retired detective from Scotland Yard, is convinced that Bulger was also involved in the robbery of the museum. In his opinion, only this gangster could transfer the paintings to Ireland between 1990 and 1995: “Only Bulger had a Bureau that protected him. Moving pictures was easy — most likely in a container without explosives or drugs that a dog could smell. ” At the same time, Hill admits that he did not have solid evidence of his theory. Read also: 25 years later, new facts on the case of the “robbery of the century” of the museum in Boston. Did Vermeer's “concert” find hope?

Edouard Manet, "At" Tortoni "- another lost masterpiece from the Isabella Museum Stuart Gardner
The FBI itself did not comment on anything. But the famous art investigator Chris Marinello, who has also been following the course of the case for many years, is skeptical about the participation of Bulger: he, he says, was a smaller bipod than people thought (and fanned Hollywood).

“He was a cold-blooded killer, an informant and a criminal, but apparently not large enough to control these pictures,” said Marinello. The museum also distanced itself from the theory about the participation of Bulger. "He was not an interested person in the robbery of the Gardner Museum," said Anthony Amor, director of the institution’s security services. The Archthi: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
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