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Why was Houdini killed?
01-16-2017, 02:09 PM
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Why was Houdini killed?
Quote:His family believe that he was murdered by spiritualists after debunking claims that they could contact the dead.

Houdini, 52, died on Halloween 1926, three days after being punched in the stomach. The official cause of death was a burst appendix but no post mortem examination was carried out.
Within days, newspapers in New York, where he is buried, were calling it murder.

Houdini’s biographer Larry Slo­man believes that he was killed by a disciple of Mina “Margery” Crandon, a Boston medium, whose husband Le Roi was a bitter enemy of Houdini.

During a 1924 seance she “channelled” a spirit called Walter, who was said to have greeted Houdini with the threat: “I put a curse on you now that will follow you every day for the rest of your short life.”

Sherlock Holmes’s creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a keen spiritualist, was also implicated in death threats against him. He wrote that Houdini would “get his just desserts very exactly meted out. I think there is a general payday coming soon.” Two years later Houdini was dead.

Et tu, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

One site claims:
Quote:Only days before his death from peritonitis on October 31, 1926—the result of a ruptured appendix according to his doctors —Houdini was struck repeatedly in the abdomen, first by a “college student” during a dressing room visit, and then by a mysterious burly stranger while he was sitting, reading the newspaper in a Montreal hotel lobby.
Today, medical science tells us that it was impossible for an appendix to be ruptured by blunt trauma caused by blows. In fact, coroners maintain that it is just as likely that Houdini was poisoned than he fell victim to a ruptured appendix caused by a blow to the stomach.

Houdini’s life was threatened by them and both Houdini and Bess suffered from non-specific poisoning in the weeks leading up to Houdini’s death.
Quote:Houdini died at age 52 on Halloween 1926,
... Houdini — by all accounts an extraordinary physical specimen — was dead before his 53rd birthday.

... The biography additionally detailed the injection of "an experimental serum" into Houdini by one of his doctors at Detroit's Grace Hospital.
... Baden, ... pointed out a pair of oddities in Houdini's death certificate: It noted his appendix was on the left side, rather than the right. And the diagnosis of appendicitis caused by a punch was "very unusual."

The History Channel has a show in its series Decoded on Houdini.

New book paints Houdini as spy, murder victim
Oct. 30, 2006 at 5:39 PM
The Associated Press
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01-16-2017, 09:37 PM
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RE: Why was Houdini killed?
You don't mess with someone's livelihood.
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