On a hot and muggy afternoon on July 29, 1890, shortly after Vincent van Gogh was laid to rest following his honor killing for “compromising” his doctor's 21-year-old daughter, Marguerite, 26 of his unknown paintings and other art materials were stolen from the hotel where he had been laid out for his final viewing by his doctor and son. This was the largest art heist of a single artist ever, and today would be worth many billions of dollars. The theft led to the Gachet art forgery ring and the creation of many fakes, forgeries, and altered provenances for years.
This is the story of what happened to all of this art and to Marguerite in the third and final book of the Killing Vincent Trilogy. The first book, Killing Vincent, forensically proved that it was not possible for Vincent to self-inflict his fatal wound. If Vincent did not shoot himself in the abdomen, then whoever put that penetrating wound in his abdomen murdered him.
The second book, Love and Murder, answers the questions of how, why, and where Vincent van Gogh was murdered, and how a brilliant cover-up of the murder was accomplished by the persons of interest using the false narrative of a suicide as a martyr for his art. The book also includes a sneak preview of chapter one from the third book, The Day Vincent van Gogh was Murdered; The Honor Killing that Changed Art History Forever and Led to The Greatest Art Heist in Modern Times.