Back in 2009, there was a mysterious heist of 300 rare and “irreplaceable” tropical birds from the Natural History Museum at Tring. The fear at the time of the theft was that the birds were going to be used as fishing lures.
A year later American Edwin Rist a student in London was arrested for the theft. Rist, a salmon fly tier since his mid-teens, was selling the rare pelts to people who tie full-dress Atlantic salmon flies.
Now Rist and his avian heist are the subjects of a new book by Kirk Wallace Johnson titled ‘The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century.”
You can read an excerpt HERE courtesy of Outside Online.