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Awards won by Stephen Kurkjian
Pulitzer Prize Winner in Public Service, 2003, The Boston Globe for its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests (senior assistant metropolitan editor Stephen Kurkjian)
Pulitzer Prize Winner in Local Investigative Specialized Reporting, 1980, for articles on Boston's transit system (with Alexander B. Hawes Jr., Nils Bruzelius, Joan Vennochi and Robert M. Porterfield)
Pulitzer Prize Winner in Local Investigative Specialized Reporting, 1972, for for exposure of widespread corruption in Somerville, Massachusetts (with Timothy Leland, Gerard M. O'Neill, and Ann Desantis)
Call Number: BX 1912.9 .B48 2002
Publication Date: 2002-06-25
With this expose, The Boston Globe aims to present the single most comprehensive account of the cover-ups, hush money and emotional manipulation used by the Catholic Church to keep its long history of sexual abuse secret. The case of Father John Geoghan, who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and whose 130 victims have been awarded $30 million, has dominated news headlines. The newspaper maintains that the 2000 related civil suits pending against the Church are just the tip of the iceberg.
Master Thieves by
Call Number: N 8795.3 .U6 K87 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
The definitive story of the greatest art theft in history. In a secret meeting in 1981, a low-level Boston thief gave career gangster Ralph Rossetti the tip of a lifetime: the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was a big score waiting to happen. Though its collections included priceless artworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and others, its security was cheap, mismanaged, and out of date. And now, it seemed, the whole Boston criminal underworld knew it. Nearly a decade passed before the Museum museum was finally hit. But when it finally happened, the theft quickly became one of the most infamous art heists in history: thirteen works of art valued at up to 500 million, by some of the most famous artists in the world, were taken. The Boston FBI took control of the investigation, but twenty-five years later the case is still unsolved and the artwork is still missing. Stephen Kurkjian, one of the top investigative reporters in the country, has been working this case for over nearly twenty years. InMaster Thieves, he sheds new light on some of the Gardner's most abiding mysteries. Why would someone steal these paintings, only to leave them hidden for twenty-five years? And why, if one of the top crime bosses in the city knew about this score in 1981, did the theft happen in 1990? What happened in those intervening years? And what might all this have to do with Boston's notorious gang wars of the 1980s? Kurkjian's reporting is already responsible for some of the biggest breaks in this story, including a meticulous reconstruction of what happened at the Museum museum that fateful night. Now Master Thieves will reveal the identities of those he believes plotted the heist, the motive for the crime, and the details that the FBI has refused to discuss. Taking you on a journey deep into the gangs of Boston, Kurkjian emerges with the most complete and compelling version of this story ever told.