They would spend 81 minutes moving through the darkened galleries of the Italianate mansion .
Once inside, the thieves ripped a Vermeer, three Rembrandts -- including his only seascape -- five Degas drawings, and a Manet from their wall placements, smashing them out of their frames and leaving shards of glass and remnants of canvas behind. The thieves took some of the museum's greatest treasures but left behind some even more valuable objects.
Isabella Stewart Gardner
Two thousand artifacts from around the world collected by one woman with an addiction. She burned thousands of her letters before she died, leaving very little information about her personal story.