Banksy’s art tribute to victims of terror attack stolen

January 28, 2019 | Brainwave Science


The artwork of British artist Banksy has been stolen from a concert hall in France. This artwork was painted as a tribute to the victims of the terror attacks which took place in 2015 at the Bataclan music hall in Paris. The French Police are investigating this theft, as reported by a judicial officer.

This stenciled mural, mostly black in color, depicts a veiled mourning woman. It had been painted on an emergency door from where hundreds fled during the terrorist attack. It was stolen last week. The judicial official was not authorized to be publicly named because the investigation is ongoing.

The officials of Bataclan have expressed their sadness on Twitter with the words, “Banksy’s work, a symbol of remembrance and belonging to all: locals, Parisians, citizens of the world, has been taken from us.”  They described the theft as “profound indignation that drives us today.” It was one of at least seven murals by the street artist that appeared throughout Paris in June, several of which appeared to highlight France’s refugee crisis. Some were vandalized immediately, while fans tried to put protection on others.

Sources close to the investigation said a “group of hooded individuals” allegedly drove off with the art in a truck. Police investigators are trying to trace the thieves and recover the artwork, estimated to be worth millions. An alarm inside the Bataclan was reportedly set off around 4:25 am and police found a screwdriver besides the spot the painting was taken from. Last year a Banksy print worth thousands of pounds was stolen from an exhibition of the artist’s work in Toronto.

Ninety people were killed at the Bataclan on Nov. 13, 2015,  the deadliest location in a series of coordinated attacks in Paris that targeted bars, restaurants and the sports stadium, leaving 130 people dead in total and hundreds more injured. Members of the Islamic State extremist organization are said to have been behind this attack.

The Bataclan re-opened a year after the attacks.


There are multiple crimes which can be solved by investigating this incident. Was this theft an act of vengeance by the members of the ISIS or their sympathizers, who wanted this mural tribute to be removed? Or was it theft because of the sheer market value of the elusive artists’ work? After all, this is not the first time that Banksy’s artwork has been stolen. On the other hand, the fact that the pieces of his art which were a tribute to the victims of the terror attacks have been vandalized immediately after being unveiled, suggests that some individual or a group holds a grudge.

The presence of so many possibilities and little or no evidence makes this investigation a complex and a lengthy one. If DNA or fingerprinting evidence is absent, then the investigators do not have much choice in this case.

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Once the suspects are arrested, a iCognative test can be run on them. This will indicate, with an accuracy of 99.9% whether they have crime-related information concealed in their brain.  There are several clues like the screwdriver left behind, the fact that a getaway vehicle was used, the information that several hooded individuals did the job, etc.

The stimulus during the iCognative test of the suspects can be the words or phrases extracted from the eyewitness accounts of the thievery, grabs of the CCTV footage which shows the thieves at critical moments, for example while dropping the screwdriver, while removing the mural, while loading the mural, going through monitored traffic intersections, details of online exchanges which show that the thieves are attempting to sell the stolen artwork, exchanges with terrorists, terrorist sympathizers, other vandals, etc.

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Main source: CBC