Stealing Sisi’s Star: How a Master Thief Nearly Got Away with Austria’s Most Famous Jewel by Jennifer Bowers Bahney
English | July 23rd, 2015 | ASIN: B010ORWL9Q, ISBN: 078649722X | 213 Pages | EPUB | 5.01 MB
While on honeymoon in Vienna in June of 1998, at the height of the tourist season, Gerald Daniel Blanchard, an accomplished thief, happened upon the greatest challenge of his life when he spotted the last remaining "Sisi Star" on display in Schonbrunn Palace. Named after its former owner, the Empress Elisabeth, the ten-pointed diamond and pearl star was originally one of 27 that the enigmatic Sisi wore in her extravagantly long hair. Despite the multi-layered security system protecting the priceless jewel, Blanchard decided then and there to steal it.