Bill Murray and Wu-Tang Clan steal back their album from Martin Shkreli (VIDEO).

Wu-Tang Clan Steal Their Album Back From Martin Shkreli, With a Little Help From Bill Murray

Wu-Tang Clan Steal Their Album Back From Martin Shkreli, With a Little Help From Bill Murray

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Dec. 23 2015 4:32 PM

Wu-Tang Clan Steal Their Album Back From Martin Shkreli, With a Little Help From Bill Murray

The Wu-Tang Clan, like Bill Murray, ain’t nothin’ to f*ck with.
The Wu-Tang Clan, like Bill Murray, ain’t nothin’ to f--k with.

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There may have been no bit of schadenfreude more satisfying in 2015 than came with the arrest of Martin Shkreli, the reviled pharma bro who raised the price of a crucial AIDS and cancer treatment drug by more than 5,000 percent before he was arrested for securities fraud last week. After praising the gods for providing us all with some highly entertaining karmic retribution, attention quickly turned to a more serious matter: What happened to that single, million-dollar Wu-Tang Clan album Shkreli smugly purchased a few weeks ago?

It turned out the FBI did not have a seizure warrant for Shkreli, and thus did not seize Once Upon a Time in Shaolin—and soon imaginations went wild when a supposed clause in the original contract circulated that said, “the seller may legally plan and attempt to execute one (1) heist or caper to steal back Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” before adding that “said heist or caper can only be undertaken by currently active members of the Wu-Tang Clan and/or actor Bill Murray.” That clause may have turned out to be fake, but why should we let that stop us from dreaming? As Dangerous Minds points out, YouTube channel ProbCauseTV and Elijah Alvarado have cleverly used audio from Coffee and Cigarettes and Rushmore to animate the scenario. It may be too good to be true, but it’s still the revenge fantasy we all deserve.

Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.