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Suspected Thief Said Nothing to Ex-wife About Stradivarius

Philip Johnson was dying of pancreatic cancer when he brought his former wife, Thanh Tran, to the basement of his home in Venice, California. Under a tarp that was weighted down with bricks was a violin case with a combination lock. He gave the case to Tran. He didn't say a word about it, and she assumed it contained an antique violin that she had once bought for him.   It wasn't until nearly four years later that Tran learned the truth: The case contained a famous...

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