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The Unsolved $500 Million Gardner Museum Theft with Bob Ainsworth

June 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


An hour or so after St. Patrick’s Day ended in 1990, two men dressed as Boston cops entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, stayed for about 90 minutes, and left with 13 pieces of art.None of the priceless items have been found.

Numerous suspects have been named over the years but none have been arrested. Many are now dead.

Due to the subject material and to allow ample time for questions, this event will start at 5:30 and expect to last approximately 75 minutes.

Bob Ainsworth, the author of DUPED, a fictional account of the robbery, will review the actual details of the theft,  the suspects, and the motives behind the world’s most valued art theft. He will also tell of his own brush with the infamous crime.

Bob Ainsworth was raised in New Jersey, earned a BS in Accounting from Boston College, an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University, and had his CPA. He worked in corporate accounting as a CFO and Controller and taught accounting. He uncovered two fraud cases during his career.

The idea for the Harry Bartlett stories sprang from his Accounting students’ positive reactions to fraud anecdotes. He started to write his first story while commuting and then continued after retiring. He has self-published 3 novels- DUPED, CONNED  and SCAMMED. A fourth, PONZI’d, is planned for 2024.

He loves reading mysteries and thrillers by authors such as John Grisham, Dennis Lehane, Robert B. Parker, David Baldacci, Earl Stanley Gardner, Arthur Conan Doyle, Hank Phillippe Ryan, and Elmore Leonard. He also likes to read non-fiction history.

He lives in retirement in Massachusetts with his family.


June 5
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Highland House Museum
6 Highland Light Road
North Truro, MA 02652
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