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.


Upcoming episodes

Aug 21st

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 22nd

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 23rd

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 24th

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 25th

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.
Aug 28th

Jacksonville Heist, The

Bank Security Guard Philip Johnson spends years planning a major robbery of his own bank. He steals birth dates and social security numbers from co-workers and creates numerous aliases. He then makes detailed studies of employees’ schedules to find out who would be working on the night he targets for the heist. Johnson makes off with a whopping $19 million dollars, and flees to Mexico. It takes the FBI over two years to figure out Johnson's true identity and apprehend him.
Aug 29th

Stealing Las Vegas

In the mid 90’s Vegas slot machines were robbed of over 10 million dollars and no one knew how. Mastermind Dennis Nickrasch devised a number of clever ways to loot the slots. Using a complex system of keys, wires, magnets, a computer and various drills, he could unload a slot machine in less than sixty seconds. Find out how he did it – and how he was caught!
Aug 30th

Social Register Gang, The

Millions of dollars worth of paintings, sculptures, jewelry and coin collections are stolen from the homes of the ultra-rich in the New York City area. The spree culminates with the theft of two Dutch Old Masters paintings, three six foot Tiffany lamps, jewelry, and cash from a Connecticut mansion. Total haul: Well over three quarters of a million dollars. This episode of Masterminds tells the story of Raymond Flynn a sophisticated thief who studied art and antiques and pulled his jobs off with flair. While Flynn’s robberies were complex, his method for selecting his targets was ingeniously simple. He referred to a directory of wealthy people called the Social Register.
Aug 31st

Halloween Heist, The

Every year the Southwest Bank in Durango, CO hosts a Halloween costume party for employees and customers. In 1997, an univited guest showed up. He and his sexy accomplice locked everyone in the vault and fled with more than $300,000 in cash. Former pro baseball player, Craig Pritchert and Nova Guthrie, a pre-med student, used Crazy Glue, electronic voice changers, and old-fashioned charm to pull off a string of bank robberies that baffled authorities across the Southwest.
Sep 1st

Cleaning House

During the late 70’s, Carrie Lee Jenkins was the beautiful mastermind behind a sophisticated team of thieves masquerading as maids to the super rich. Using elaborate planning and deception, she and her small crew stole more than $5 million in jewels, gold and cash from unsuspecting homeowners - until a NY socialite’s obsession with the case ultimately led to Jenkins’s demise.