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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: The Caravaggio Heist

Thieves enter the Cathedral of St. John. Valletta, Malta.
Courtesy of Engelbert Grech
Thieves enter the Cathedral of St. John. Valletta, Malta.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV + Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. on KJPBS 2 / On demand now with KPBS Passport!

In 1984, a Maltese national treasure went missing from the cathedral of St. John in Valletta - a masterpiece by the legendary Italian master Caravaggio. Two years of investigations across Europe led to nothing, but a strong-willed priest never gave up.

Father Marius Zerafa, director of museums in Malta, managed to establish a channel of communication with the thieves and set off on a quest to recover the priceless painting. Despite not having the money to pay their ransom, he risked everything, putting his life on the line for the sake of a masterpiece.


Find out what happened on SECRETS OF THE DEAD "The Caravaggio Heist."

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Plotting to Recover a Stolen Caravaggio

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SECRETS OF THE DEAD is a production of The WNET Group. Stephanie Carter is executive producer. Stephen Segaller is executive in charge.