Empty Frames Crawlspace, Nonviolent, Unsolved

Hosted By: Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna
Produced By: Crawlspace Media

In this podcast, hosts Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna delve into the story behind The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist – where 13 pieces of artwork were stripped from their frames in just 81 minutes.

Learn more about the case, theories, and social and economic impact the greatest unsolved art heist of all time had on the community, along with other topics in the art crime genre.

Empty Frames Podcast Hosts:

From the Boston suburb of Medford, MA, Tim Pilleri’s father got him involved in Medford’s public access station at the age of 9, where he was soon directing live shows. After success on stage in college and in Boston, Tim embarked for Los Angeles in 2004 and has worked in the entertainment industry ever since. Tim currently hosts three popular true crime podcasts called Crawlspace, Missing Maura Murray, and Empty Frames with friend of fifteen years Lance Reenstierna. Missing Maura Murray was the inspiration for Oxygen Network’s The Disappearance of Maura Murray TV show, which was a cable hit.

Lance Reenstierna began his career in the entertainment and media industry by producing original stage shows and murder mystery dinner theater experiences. A troupe was formed, and over the course of ten years and a dozen shows, performances brought the houses down. It was midway through this time that he met Tim Pilleri From there, the partnership was formed and the two of them have gone on to produce films, documentaries, live shows and podcasts.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • In-Depth Research: Tim and Lance’s meticulous research and extensive knowledge of art history ensure that each episode is filled with fascinating details and insights.
  • A Blend of Genres: Empty Frames seamlessly combines the elements of true crime, history, and art, captivating a diverse audience with varied interests.
  • Attention to Detail: Listeners appreciate the hosts’ dedication to accuracy and their willingness to dig deep into the details of each case, leaving no aspect unexplored.
  • Educational and Informative: Empty Frames not only entertains but also educates its audience about art history, the cultural significance of stolen art, and the inner workings of the art world.
  • Host Chemistry: The dynamic between Tim and Lance creates an enjoyable listening experience.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Pacing and Length: Some listeners have expressed concerns about the pacing of the podcast, noting that certain episodes or segments could be condensed or edited for brevity. Additionally, a few individuals have found certain episodes to be longer than necessary, potentially affecting the overall engagement.
  • Overlapping Content: As the podcast explores various art heists, some listeners have mentioned that there is occasional overlap in the information presented across episodes.
  • Speculation vs. Fact: Due to the nature of art heists and their often unresolved nature, Empty Frames engages in speculation and explores various theories. While this approach can be intriguing, a few listeners have expressed a desire for a clearer distinction between factual information and speculative discussions.

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