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

Apr 4th

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.
Apr 4th

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.
Apr 4th

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.
Apr 4th

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?
Apr 5th

Dinner Set Gang, The

Peter Salerno stole millions out of the bedrooms of the rich and famous often while they were at home. Salerno fashioned his own tools to break into windows and doors. He also carefully planned his escapes using blueprints of the mansions to plot his routes. His largest heist was the night he relieved an heir of the DuPont fortune of over a million dollars in gems and cash and he did it while the family was downstairs eating dinner! Salerno evaded capture for nearly twenty-five years before slipping up late in his career at a burglary in Connecticut.
Apr 5th

The Riviera Job

In 1976, the societe generale was the bank of choice for high society on the french riviera. It contained more gold, money and gems than the top ten banks in paris. Buried deep underground and with four foot thick walls of reinforced concrete, even the most daring of criminals knew it was impregnable. That was until albert spaggiari came to town and pulled off europe's greatest bank heist.
Apr 5th

The Hotel Pierre Heist

New year's eve, 1972. Bobby comfort and four accomplices loot new york’s lavish pierre hotel. They get away with $10 million in gems and cash in 2 ½ hours – the largest hotel heist ever.
Apr 5th

The Perfect Score

William smarto was not only a great hairdresser, he was one of america’s most ingenious burglars. After months of planning, smarto slid into a crawl space behind a series of safety deposit boxes at a first national bank in illinois. He hid there until the bank closed, and then in the middle of the night, took the bank for well over a million dollars in cash and jewelry.
Apr 5th

A Day At the Races

Three fraternity brothers scam the horse racing world using computer trickery. After forging hundreds of winning tickets at smaller races, the group goes for a bigger payday: The Breeders Cup. They place $1,152 in bets and win over three million dollars.
Apr 5th

Stopwatch Heist, The

Paddy Mitchell and his crew were dubbed the ‘Stopwatch Gang’ because they never took over 90 seconds to do a job. Mitchell was a fixture on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, masterminding over 140 heists during the course of a decade. This episode focuses on Mitchell’s greatest heist at a Bank of America branch in San Diego.