The most iconic prop in Hollywood history…stolen! The weird saga behind the heist of the Ruby Slippers.
A Relic “Whodunnit?” Erica Morini was considered the greatest violinist of the 20th century, thanks in part due to her mastery of the priceless Stradivarius violin. By the end of her life, Morini was a former shell of herself, and the violin she once played remained unsecured in her increasingly disheveled apartment. In 1995, her treasured instrument was stolen. The culprits? Her closest friends and family, all who had motives of their own…
A bulk of the research for this episode comes from Amy Dickinson’s article “The Case of the Stolen Stradivarius.”
Note on audio: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, episodes of Relic are being recorded in my house until studio access resumes. Please bear with the slightly different sound quality while we make adjustments.
Music from MusOpen
The definition of treasure is sometimes broad. In this episode we examine three lost “treasures”, three musicians who were not recognized in their time, and tragically vanished into the night. What happened to Connie Converse, Richey Edwards, and Q Lazzarus?
Out of respect for the artists involved in this story, no ambient music will appear in this episode. Listeners are encouraged to go online and listen to the recommended playlist found in the description.
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During the Age of Exploration (Colonization), the Spanish invaded the “New World”, in search of gold and spices. But the conquest was also driven by more outlandish desires: for hundreds of years, legends told of a mysterious spring of eternal life that always existed just outside the margins of the known world. And in the early 1500s, conquistador Ponce De Leon went off in search for it…or did he?
Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Music by Purple Planet
Dutch Schultz was one of the most ruthless mobsters of Prohibition Era New York, and had his fair share of enemies. Legend has is that paranoia drove Schultz to hoarding his loot and concealing it within a safe, that he and his team buried in the Catskill Mountains. Many believe Dutch Schultz revealed a code to his buried treasure while on his deathbed, and the mobster’s safe is still waiting to be found.
Music by by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Photos taken at the Museum of the American Gangster
When the first manned mission to the moon camp back to Earth, they brought back samples of the lunar geology. President Richard Nixon ordered a few of these samples to be segmented, encased in lucite, and gifted to the nations of the world. Through a series of strange circumstances involving assassination, government collapse, and a heist at NASA, many of the moon rocks are now missing.
Music by Derek Fiechter and Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Relic explores treasures that have been lost due to human error and greed, but what if a treasure was lost on purpose? This episode covers four infamous–and very real-treasure hunts: Forrest Fenn’s treasure, Masquerade, The Secret, and the Golden Owl.
The Superstition Mountains of Arizona have inspired many tall tales of the American Southwest, but none more intricate and longlasting the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. Wrapped up in a tangled web of greed, colonization, and mysterious deaths, the missing mine may have multiple origins. But one thing is for certain: those who go looking for the lost gold often don’t come back at all…
Music by Derek Fiechter and Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
In 1990, two individuals dressed as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and altered the course of the art world forever. One of the most audacious crimes ever committed kicks off Relic’s Season 2, the arc of which will focus on heists, deception, the paranormal, and the occult.
In this last episode of our mid-season “It Belongs in a Museum!” series, we are joined by Kate Shaw of Strange Animals Podcast. An animal species is considered extinct when it hasn’t been identified in the wild after 50 years. What happens when eyewitness testimony, and photographic evidence, challenges what we once thought about certain bygone species? Something is out there…
For this episode, Relic is calling attention to three important charities that are, quite literally, saving the Earth:
Hispanic Federation UNIDOS – for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico
Background music by Kevin MacLeod
Welcome to the mid-season! In this installment of Relic’s “It Belongs in a Museum” series…we get weird. Comedian and anthropologist Jake Sully tells us all about the Peking Man– the fossilized remains of an ancient, common ancestor to homo sapiens. Who was the Peking Man and where did he end up? Also, Max looks into the strange tale of the San Pedro Mummy, and journeys further down the rabbit hole into the wild world of mummified discoveries believed (by some) to be alien in origin.
Joined by special guest, Robert Jenner of The Fan Film Boyz podcast, this episode is something a little different. We take a look at the weird and wild history of lost film, covering everything from a movie so terrible that Jerry Lewis took it to his grave, to that time Batman fought Dracula, and maybe a movie that never even existed….at least, not in this parallel universe.
Two minutes of cut content from “Million Dollar Decoy” that didn’t really fit into the narration anymore. A quick origin story for the British colony of Bermuda, graveyard of ships.
Imagine finding a lost treasure…only to lose it again. Such was the case in the 1960s, when a diver named Teddy Tucker discovered a golden, emerald-studded cross in a 15th century shipwreck, and donated the relic to Bermuda’s national aquarium. When it came time to move the cross to a new exhibit, Tucker went to examine the artifact and discovered that something was amiss….
Theme by Devin. General Music from PurplePlanet and Derek Fiechter
Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) Composed by Francisco Tárrega
Nocturne oublièe in C. Composed by Chopin and performed by Markus Staab