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Transylvania Book Heist Depicted in New Movie – American Animals (Trailer)


The official trailer for the new movie American Animals just released today, depicting the dramatization of the infamous Transylvania Book Heist that took place 14 years ago.  Four students stole, and attempted to sell, John James Audubon’s Birds Of America, worth nearly $12 million dollars.

I was a freshman at Transylvania when this heist took place. I was in the middle of a sociology final on December 17, 2004, when I looked up and realized that fellow classmate, Spencer Reinhard, was not taking the exam. It seemed strange at the time, but obviously as things have come to light over the last 14 years, I now know he was lookout in the Clive M. Beck Center for this heist. Reinhard will be played by Barry Keoghan, most notably from the 2017 hit movie, Dunkirk. Also in the film will be Evan Peters (X-Men Apocalypse) as Warren Lipka, Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some) as Chas Allen, and Jared Abrahamson (Fear The Walking Dead) as Eric Borsuk.

You have to turn off your brain for a bit, much like when watching Justified, that the campus appears nothing like Transy, but it still looks like a pretty solid movie.  Check out the trailer below, American Animals opens in select theaters June 1st.

Article written by Richmond Bramblet

8 responses to “Transylvania Book Heist Depicted in New Movie – American Animals (Trailer)”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    I was not aware of this. Interesting.

  2. JPGott2

    Lol, 2 of these guys were my neighbors in college when it went down. Woke up to an FBI van parked on my front lawn. They not actually bad guys.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      What happened to them? I assume the got put away for a while?

  3. JPGott2

    Driver got 4 years and a couple of the others got 7 I believe if memory serves. One, I think got 9 for stunning the old lady as well. Saw them when they were out on bail. 2 I knew had a solid lawn care service.

    Looks was the wild one of the bunch when look back.

  4. JPGott2

    Lipka was the wild one.

  5. Han

    I graduated May ’04 but remember hearing about this.

    Also remember hearing about someone having a meth lab in their room over one of the summers back then. (Guess they were doing one of the summer work things or part of one of the athletic teams.)

    Some odd little stories come out of Transyland.

    1. grofacekillah

      3 of them went to UK (and lexcath) only spencer went to transy (and tates creek). 3 of them were soccer kids. all lexington locals.

  6. cwheeler

    Chas Allen and his pals are complete goons. Knew him growing up. And now thinking they will be popular after a terrible book and glorifying their mediocracy, is laughable.