Everyone agrees heiress is fine woman and SOB an SOB. As Al pushes on he finds out that SOB went to a big wedding on a private island in the Mediterranean. There he met a guy names Pops who owns the island. He leads him down secret passages to a hidden room. In there Pops shows him a violin that had been stolen years earlier. Pops tells SOB he is a middleman for art and tells him he has a buyer for some of the specific works at the Gardner and if Al can get it then he’ll make Al a rich man.
Al thinks it over and does not commit. In the meantime it will turn out Pops is an undercover cop or informant who was trying to set Al up. But Al doesn’t know this and he goes back to Boston, calls in his nephews and son and the four of them lay down the plans for the robbery.
One of the group is a computer expert who will be able to infiltrated the system so that he is not discovered and shut down the appropriate alarms; the other is a medical doctor geneticist who is able to befriend the night watchman at the museum who is also a musician. He will do this at some of his band sessions, tell him he might have genius genes, and discuss his DNA and heritage in late night visits to the museum; and the other is a professional surgeon who willingly goes along. All are facing financial difficulties at the time (school loans, etc.).
They have a dry run the night before. The night of the crime four of them show up, two are well disguised, they pull off the job without a hitch, bring the paintings to a house nearby that one has rented, reach out for Pops and they learn he is undercover. They then plan to return the paintings for the insurance only to find out there is no insurance. They write 1994 letter asking for 2.4 million and immunity from prosecution. Then realizing the FBI can’t be trusted so they go underground.
In the meantime all become successful in their enterprises so the money means less to them. One night in the hotel across the street while the four are discussing their next moves the heiress comes in and realizes they pulled off the job. They know how much she loves the world of art and would betray them in a New York second so they toss her off the balcony after stripping her of all but her shoes.
Al suggests he has told the FBI and Gardner his theory. They are not buying it. As I surmise it he knows the true names of all involved. Al should understand that the FBI is so far down the wrong path it is as lost as is the stolen art work.
I’m intrigued that Al and I have both disregarded the things the FBI relies on. I was also interested in the story of Pops. I would also have a Pops in my theory, a middleman who has a customer. Where we part I believe there was a Pops who never was caught and never had to work for cops. My Pops would also have his favorite thieves carry out the job. He would never have trusted a stranger by showing him a stolen violin or expect an amateur could pull off the Gardner job.
After Gentile dies the FBI should give up the chase of Mafia types. With none of that type left to focus on it will have to admit it never knew the names of the thieves. It was all a big FBI ruse.
Most likely at that point it will abandon the search because of the enormous error of its ways. On the off-chance that it wants to suck it up and admit it has been wrong for 27 years I’ll give it a big clue. Start with the realization that none of the art work has been recovered not even those with little value as the eagle ornament on top of the flag staff. What does it conclude from that?
My conclusion is that if hoodlums stole the art it no longer exists having been destroyed a long time ago; if my theory is right it is in the palace of some Arabian sheikh who loves horses; if Al is right it is the U.S. and can be recovered in tact with some due diligence and hard work.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.