Last Seen – Podcast Review

In this episode I talked about Last Seen a podcast that was made by the Boston Globe in partnership with WBUR. This a true crime show that focuses on the art heist of the Stewart Gardner Museum.

PodApplaud- Last Seen

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to have the final word on The Podcast: Last Seen.

Last seen is a true crime podcast that focuses on an art heist instead of a murder or something more physically violent and gruesome. There are 10 full episodes 9 of which are reporting and following threads of the case and the last is a live roundtable discussion regarding the show and the case. Episodes usually run between half an hour to 40 minutes long and the show is all wrapped up and ready to be binged.

If you have listened to my podcast since I first started you have probably heard me talk about Last Seen already. It was in either my first or second upload where I summed up some podcasts I had really liked in 2018. The audio of that episode was pretty bad however so I ended up taking it down.

Last Seen takes us back to March 18th 1990 as it retraces the heist of the Stewart Gardner Museum. We get to sit back as we are told the story of Isabella Stewart Gardner how she got into collecting art, how she has outbid the Louvre in Paris and royalty alike in acquiring her art collection. We are also plunged into a step by step look at all the evidence available from the night the Gardner museum was burglarized. It is estimated Half a billion dollars worth of art vanished that day never to be seen again. 13 paintings brutalized, cut right out of their frames, and that is the drama that sets the scene for this podcast. From this point we are plunged into the case head first, even though 28 years have passed we talk to individuals who were present in Boston at the time of the heist and follow up on all sorts of winding leads including multiple suspects and suspicious characters. Although in the first episode they freely admit the case is open ended and unsolved the story still has tension and excitement. There are mob ties, acid parties, and scam artists, all sorts of high-life treachery. The show is a joint venture between the Boston Globe and WBUR so you know the sound is perfectly balanced. I appreciate a true crime show with less grisly subject matter and just how well the story here is being told. The ending really plays at your expectations and gets you wound up thinking there might be a breakthrough in the case, but you have to remember they said in the beginning the case is unsolved. So my only real gripe with Last Seen is they get you maybe too invested in the story to the point where you feel overzealous and may be at a point in which you are let down by the end of the show. Let down, nto by the podcast itself, but that this case as of yet is still unknown, we don’t have the paintings and we don’t have the perpetrator.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! When I originally talked about Last Seen I gave it a 5/5, but now that it has sat with me I’d give it a ⅘, a round of applause. I’m not sure what angle they might’ve played to stick the landing a bit better, but I know the build-up of the show doesn’t really mesh with the last episode. I would recommend the show to people who want to know what the true crime craze is all about, but want to avoid the gruesome violence and murders that are so often the topic of true crime shows. Last Seen brings all the top notch reporting and really does make you feel the loss of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and the art world as a whole.

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