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

Sep 24th
600p

Double Crossed

She said she was the half sister of swimsuit model Kathy Ireland and the niece of billionaire Donald Trump. The five-foot-nine blond supermodel captivated the town of Colorado Springs and convinced a mayor to throw a parade in her honor. She was glamorous, she was sophisticated and, as they all would eventually learn, she was an African-American man. Among other things, he is accused of passing $185,000 in bad checks, some of which were created on a home computer, and pocketing $30,000. If convicted on all counts, the 37-year-old could spend the next 31 years in prison.
Sep 24th
630p

The James Bond Game

Using a customized bmw with hidden compartments and an oil sprayer that sends pursuers spinning out of control, the james bond gang knock off mansions in the new york city area. The brazen gang - all classmates from the same new jersey high school - disable sophisticated alarm systems and getaway with millions in jewels in a matter of minutes. A two-year man hunt is launched to try and track down the gang that gets away in style.
Sep 24th
700p

Friday Night Robber

Just as tellers were getting ready for the weekend, he struck. In less than two minutes the friday night robber would enter a bank, leap over the counter, gather up cash, and then disappear. Police in pennsylvania, maryland, and delaware couldn’t identify him or figure out a way to stop him.
Sep 24th
730p

The Jewelry Show Job

A gang of thieves top off a spree of robberies with a hit at clever and bold location - the columbus, ohio hotel that was hosting a national jeweler’s convention. The gang broke into the hotel’s safety deposit boxes and got away with $1.5 million in jewels.
Oct 1st
600p

Dublin Job, The

The Russborough House, a sprawling mansion on the outskirts of Dublin, houses one of the world's largest and finest private art collections. Early one Spring morning, police are called to the house. Someone has stolen more than half of the collection. Police find little evidence of a break-in other than a mysterious row of stakes with white plastic bags wrapped around the top of them. It would take investigators years to figure out that the man behind the daring heist is Martin Cahill, a notorious Dublin thief who they never suspected would hit a target like Russborough.
Oct 1st
630p

Kansas City Diamond Heist, The

It was the biggest jewel robbery in Kansas City's history. A gang wearing Halloween masks and overalls burst into the city's fanciest jewelry store and stole $2.5 million in jewels, including one diamond worth $92,000 alone. At the time, nobody would have guessed it was the brainchild of a charismatic local man who was on his way to becoming a Kansas City legend.
Oct 1st
700p

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?
Oct 1st
730p

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.
Oct 6th
900p

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.
Oct 6th
930p

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.