The Professor: Hunting for the Mafia's Missing Masterpiece

5.0/5

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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...


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Score: 5

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Dec 3, 2023

"It’s a hell of a story, deftly told by host Simon Willis, who hangs out at Veres’s flat and tags along with him on jaunts around Europe meeting various shadowy figures...The hunt for the Caravaggio makes for an arresting premise, although there remains a hole in this story and that’s the character of Veres himself."

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