Monday, June 9, 2008 at 10:56PM
Dodd Vickers in magician
Because it has been well over a year since any new information has been reported on this topic, we thought it had finally been laid to rest. Unfortunately,  it appears that the possibility of an exhumation of the body of Harry Houdini may still be in the works. A first suggested in the Kalush book, "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero," there is a theory that  Houdini's relentless debunking of the Spiritualist movement, resulted in his murder. The authors point to a pair of October 1926 incidents in which Houdini was viciously punched in the stomach, once by a college student in his dressing room and later by a stranger in a hotel lobby, attacks that Kalush suggests may have been arranged with malicious intent. Houdini died days later in Room 401 at Grace Hospital in Detroit. In an article from today's issue of Publisher's Weekly entitled "No Bones About It," bestselling crime writer Kathy Reichs, also a board-certified forensic anthropologist, talks about the release of her most recent novel "Devil Bones." When asked what we can next expect from her writing,  mentions her involvement with a team that's supposed to dig up famed magician Harry Houdini, though there are “still legal issues to work through.” There are conspiracy theories that Houdini was murdered, says Reichs, “and of course we want to see if he's still there.”
  1. Proposed Houdini Exhumation (Wikipedia)
  2. Houdini exhumation to test for poison (NY Daily News)
  3. One final trick for Houdini: exhumation (MSNBC)
  4. Professor Needs More Land for Bodies on Corpse Farm (Wired News)
  5. Houdini: spy, sleuth, and murder victim (The Independent)
  6. Murder investigators might dig up Houdini (The Tribune)
  7. Houdini Exhumation Furor (Jewish News Weekly)
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