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The Professor
Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece
William Veres is in trouble. In 2018 he was arrested following the largest ever investigation by the Italian police’s art squad. They accuse him of running a pan-European art-smuggling ring with ties to the Sicilian mafia. He is alleged to have stolen $40 million worth of art and antiquities from Italy. Charged with 14 counts, including money laundering, forgery, wire fraud and conspiracy, he faces a jail term of up to 20 years. But he has a plan to get out of trouble. In this four-part podcast, host Simon Willis follows him as he puts that plan into action. It’s a story...
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4.6 stars from 458 ratings
Listened to this over the Christmas period and wow - what an excellent podcast this is. I only wished it was more than four episodes. The podcast jumps between the present and the past (when the Sicilian Mafia were at their prime), as one man tries to avoid jail time by finding a Caravaggio...Read full review »
Niffler_UK via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/08/24
The Professor
This is a fascinating series, and wonderfully researched and narrated by the host Simon Willis about the theft of Caravaggio’s painting of the nativity by the Sicilian mafia. In following the attempt by art dealer and numismatist William Veres to track it down many years later, Mr Willis creates...Read full review »
Katbergen via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 12/28/23
Great experience
Terrible, interesting, moving, important, perfectly created, all together. Brazen has done something with an enormous impact and value Thanks Cristina
cri Milan via Apple Podcasts · Italy · 09/21/22
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Veres receives some photographs of parts of the Caravaggio canvas. He follows the lead to a source in Belgium, who is close to the Sicilian mafia. The source provides crucial new information about what happened to the painting. And it points to one man: a mafioso who has been on the run for...
Published 12/18/23
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