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.

X

Upcoming episodes

Aug 22nd
800a

A Man called Hollywood

On Thanksgiving evening, 1996, in Seattle, a gang of robbers made off with $1.08 million. The man behind the heist was known as "Hollywood." He had eluded police for four years while robbing 18 banks. He left very few clues and Seattle in the 90's was an ideal place to rob banks as bank branches multiplied to service the high-tech gold rush, and its new millionaires. But this would be his last stickup.
Aug 22nd
830a

Knightsbridge Heist, The

This is the story of Britain’s largest heist in history $90 million in jewels, cash and drugs in 1987. Italian playboy Valerio Viccei had a penchant for fast cars, rich women and cocaine. He spent weeks observing a building across from Harrod’s department store that housed 121 safety deposit boxes filled with $90 million. This is the story of how he carefully planned this heist and robbed the building of the contents of the safety deposit boxes. And how his love of a Ferrari got him caught.
Aug 22nd
900a

Bad Medicine

Gerald Barnes' mission in life was to become a doctor. He was incredibly dedicated to his work, proud of the diplomas that adorned his office walls and he reveled in the trust of his numerous patients. When he wasn't working at his esteemed Los Angeles clinic, he was volunteering on medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Barnes could be described as noble, selfless and highly skilled...except for one hitch. He never went to medical school.
Aug 22nd
930a

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.
Aug 29th
800a

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.
Aug 29th
830a

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.
Aug 29th
900a

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.
Aug 29th
930a

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.
Aug 30th
900p

Great Escape, The

In 2000, Jeffrey Manchester began serving a 45 year sentence in a triple-maximum security prison in North Carolina for burglarizing more than 60 fast food restaurants. Though no one had ever escaped from this prison before, Manchester secured his freedom and evaded capture by hiding out in a local Toys R Us. For weeks, Manchester lived in the walls of the store before moving over to Circuit City where he built himself a completely functioning and hidden apartment (he even had plumbing and electricity). Before long, Manchester infiltrates the local community and charms everyone with his new persona as a toy salesman, selling video games and DVDs stolen from Toys R Us. But Manchester’s luck runs out when a robbery goes awry and investigators finally discover his secret hideout.
Aug 30th
930p

Highway Robber, The

In 2002, David Brankle began a robbery spree that netted him millions. Hitting bank branches located in supermarkets, this smooth talking Cassanova pulled nearly fifty jobs in six states while driving a stolen $80,000 BMW. Charm was his weapon of choice-- he even seduced his stripper mistress into becoming his accomplice on several jobs. He was pursued by dozens of police agencies, but his double life as a suburban family man in Vincennes, Indiana kept him off the authorities’ radar for years.