The Professor: Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece

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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 that takes listeners deep into the underworld, and into the dark heart of the most famous criminal organization of them all – Cosa Nostra.

It is a story of drug dealers, hitmen, smugglers, spies – even a corrupt prime minister. And in the middle of it all is William Veres’s quest to save himself. How? By solving the coldest cold case in the history of art crime – the theft of Caravaggio’s Nativity.

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Episode Date
Introducing The Burden
Mar 21, 2024
Episode 4: The Fugitive
Dec 18, 2023
Episode 3: Money for Nothing
Dec 11, 2023
Episode 2: The Go-Between
Dec 04, 2023
Episode 1: The Nativity
Nov 27, 2023
Introducing The Professor: Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece
Nov 22, 2023
Meeting Simon Willis: Unlocking the secrets of a stolen masterpiece
Nov 20, 2023
Introducing Hidden Worlds
Nov 13, 2023