What is The Heiress and the Heist about?

West Cork - The Heiress and The Heist - Photo Credit: Sundance Now
West Cork - The Heiress and The Heist - Photo Credit: Sundance Now /

Truth is often far stranger than fiction. The Heiress and the Heist is a three-part docuseries that takes us into a bizarre true crime story.

Just how well do you know people? Whenever there’s a true crime event that happens, it’s a question that comes up. How well did a suspect’s neighbors really know them? On the surface, they appear as one thing, but deep down, they are up to something dark and dangerous.

The Heiress and the Heist is a three-part series that covers a bizarre true crime story. All three episodes are available at once on Sundance Now and AMC+, so you certainly have your weekend covered for you. This is a story that you’ll want to watch in full as the tale unravels.

What is the true case behind The Heiress and the Heist?

The series follows the story of English heiress Rose Dugdale. She decided to join the IRA in the 1970s, completely abandoning her life of privilege nad respect. She ended up become the mastermind some of the most radical schemes for the IRA throughout 1974 before she was caught.

Throughout the three episodes, you’ll find out who Rose was and was supposed to be and then find out the things she did that led to her time in Limerick Prison. Everything is set with the backdrop of The Troubles, which affected everything in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and England. There are still remnants of it to this day.

As for Rose, we follow her through the Russborough House heist in 1974. She orchestrated the theft of a number of paintings that were to be used to help secure the release of IRA prisoners at the time. Key witness testimonies are used to help relay the events before and afterward, and a police officer involved in Rose’s arrest also shares his part of the tale.

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All three episodes of The Heiress and the Heist are available to stream on Sundance Now and AMC+ now.