A stunning twist has emerged in the decades-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, one of the largest art thefts in history. Brian McDevitt, a convicted art thief and notorious conman, has been linked to the audacious 1990 crime through a startling revelation: he pitched a film script eerily mirroring the heist, where stolen, unsellable art is ultimately burned and buried.

McDevitt, whose fingerprints were among the first sent to the FBI after the Gardner robbery, confessed to his girlfriend at the time that he masterminded the scheme. He later fled to Los Angeles, falsely touting himself as a screenwriter with fabricated credits, including that of Disney productions. His script about two bumbling thieves who ransack an art museum before destroying the art due to inability to sell it has left many believing it was a veiled confession of his involvement in the real-life heist.

Independent investigator Eric Ulis and McDevitt’s ex-girlfriend, Stéphanie Rabinowitz, have gathered samples from an old fireplace at McDevitt’s former Hollywood Hills residence, believing the art might have been incinerated there. While early forensic tests have been inconclusive, their pursuit continues, echoing the unsolved mystery’s enduring allure.

Despite McDevitt’s death in 2004 and a significant reward still on offer, the whereabouts of the stolen masterpieces—including Vermeer’s “The Concert” and Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee”—remain unknown. The FBI continues to chase leads, and the empty frames at the Gardner Museum stand as a somber reminder of the lost treasures.

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