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Houdini Set to Escape Grave

April 02, 2007 01:57 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A move to exhume the remains of the escapologist legend, led by authors of a new biography, causes outrage among his descendants. Investigators suspect murder.

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The authors of a new life of Harry Houdini intend to disinter his body. They have enlisted two top pathologists to perform a forensic investigation into the performer's death.

The biography, The Secret Life of Houdini, suggests that a religious group, the Spiritualists, may have poisoned Houdini in 1926. The generally accepted explanation has always been that he died from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix. The biographers base their counter claims on recently discovered death threats from Spiritualists angry at Houdini's efforts to discredit members of their movement who claimed to commune with the dead.

The family of Houdini's widow––children of Bess Houdini's niece––protest that digging up the body is a publicity stunt.

However, Houdini's grandnephew and blood relative George Hardeen supports the exhumation, which will allow the first ever full autopsy into the legendary escapologist's death at age 52.


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