My name is Chas Allen, when I was 19 I was involved in the Transylvania Book Heist which was famously listed among the F.B.I.’s all-time most significant art theft cases and landed me in prison for 7 years. AMA!
Hello! My name is Chas Allen and I’m an author, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach, but most famously I’m know for my role in the Transylvania Book Heist. When I was 19, myself and three others attempted to steal first edition books and paintings valued at over twelve million dollars, from the Transylvania University library. Among the items stolen were John James Audubon’s “Birds of American Collection” and Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.” We were eventually caught and were sentenced to seven years in federal prison.
In jail, I found myself at rock bottom and made the choice to turn my life around. In my new book “Evolution: Becoming a Criminal” I depict how my upbringing and personal struggles led me to my involvement in the criminal act, and the growth and development that transpired once heading to prison and being released. The story of my youth has also been turned into a major motion picture. “American Animals,” written and directed by Bart Layton stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, and Blake Jenner. The film was released on June 1.
My book is being released on June 19th and you can pre-order it here - https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Becoming-Criminal-Chas-Allen/dp/1628655380 Follow along with my journey on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook: @chasallen. Thanks!
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