Masterminds

Masterminds

About the show

Real stories about the brilliant but deceptive masterminds behind amazing deceptions and seemingly impossible capers. Shot in some of the most exotic locations around the world, Masterminds focuses on the deceivers and their ambitious plots.

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Upcoming episodes

Jul 20th
1030a

Slot Machine Genius

In 1992, an estimated $2.5 million was stolen from slot machines up and down the Las Vegas strip, all by a single gang. The mastermind behind the gang was a harmless TV repairman who would become known as The Slot Machine Genius. He was beating the casinos at their own game by inventing a series of ingenious cheating devices. But just how long could his winning streak last?
Jul 27th
900a

Stander Gang, The

Andre Stander became a policeman in South Africa just as Apartheid was reaching its peak. After witnessing the brutal repression of the Black majority, the 31- year-old police officer was became so disillusioned by the violence that he decided to strike back. On weekends he would don a disguise, rob a bank, then return to his own police desk with a briefcase full of cash without breaking a sweat. Stander was caught and imprisoned but came back even more powerful, with a new gang—living like royalty on the run. In this episode of Masterminds we examine the brains behind an unprecedented spree of bank robberies that made Stander an infamous antihero.
Jul 27th
930a

Superthief, The

Jack Superthief’’ MacLean broke into an estimated 2,000 homes across America. With an IQ of 167, MacLean outwitted law enforcement, largely by exploiting their communication hardware. Wearing a black cape to conceal his police radios, he never carried weapons, stole solely from houses of the rich, and always was careful to reset any alarms he tripped alarms. Over a six year period, authorities believe he stole $133 million in jewels and cash.
Jul 27th
1000a

The Brinks Matt Robbery

In 1983, six robbers broke into the Brinks Matt depository at London's Heathrow Airport. The facility's vault was state-of-the-art and the building was fully alarmed and manned by guards around the clock. But somehow the robbers ended up with tons of gold bullion worth an estimated $45 Million. The mastermind behind this ingenious heist was Mickey McAvoy, a career criminal from South London.
Jul 27th
1030a

The Millennium Diamond

On november 7th 2000, a gang broke into london's millennium dome to steal the world’s most expensive diamond – the millennium star – 203 karats, worth $350 million. The mastermind behind this most daring raid is an underworld enforcer and suspected millionaire who wanted this to raid to be the biggest - and last - of his career. Will police officers foil his master plan?
Aug 3rd
900a

Silver Bandit, The

We've all heard of the "Silver Spoon" set. Well Blaine Nordahl earned his place in "Masterminds" by literally stealing sets of silver spoons. Nordahl was a neat freak who spent many years perfecting his system of thievery. With his specially designed ultra-quiet footwear Nordahl snuck into pantries, past alarms, trip wires, and dogs, while his victims slept in their beds.
Aug 3rd
930a

Disappearing Man, The

Many men fantasize about ditching their wives, family, and vanishing with stolen millions; but in 1983, bank clerk Steven Hadley actually pulled it off. Hadley sabotaged the computer system at the bank where he was an officer and walked out with over a million dollars in cash. He left a good-bye note for his wife, fled the state, and created a new persona for himself ... as a very rich man.
Aug 3rd
1000a

Leader Of the Pack

Charismatic and hard-living, Aaron Rogers is hardly your average burglar. He starts a burglary ‘academy,’ and employs his ‘students’ in some of the most extraordinary heists in Kansas City’s history. But after the gang’s biggest and most sophisticated job ever, one of Rogers’ students turns informant and Rogers spends 5 months eluding a police dragnet before finally turning himself in.
Aug 3rd
1030a

The Conrail Boys

They were the most successful train robbery gang ever. The Conrail Boyz operated for almost a decade in New Jersey, stealing millions of dollars worth of merchandise. Led by Edward Mongon, the gang resembles a highly-organized corporation that even hires ‘freelance employees’ from notorious street gangs like the Bloods. The Conrail Boyz impersonated railroad workers, never carried weapons, and used hi-tech military equipment to monitor police activity.
Aug 10th
900a

Phantom Bandit, The

Sophisticated and handsome, Gilbert Galvan is a salesman in the hi-tech industry living in Ottawa. Not even his wife suspects that he might be the most successful bank robber in Canadian history. But indeed, between 1984 and 1987, Galvan robbed more than 100 banks, netting millions of dollars, and leaving police clueless as to his identity. Galvan used police scanners and elaborate disguises to evade capture, but it was his charming personality and photographic memory that allowed him to pull off multiple heists within minutes of each other.