The suspicious death of Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini, the famous illusionist and escape artist, died on October 31, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. His death has long been shrouded in mystery and speculation, with some people believing that he was the victim of foul play.

According to the official report, Houdini died of peritonitis, which is an inflammation of the tissue lining the abdominal wall. The cause of the peritonitis was a ruptured appendix, which he had likely suffered from for several days before seeking medical attention. However, some have suggested that there may have been more to the story.

One theory is that Houdini was poisoned. This theory is based on a story that Houdini was approached by a group of men who were upset with him for debunking their claims of being able to communicate with the dead. It is said that one of the men punched Houdini in the stomach several times, causing his appendix to rupture. However, there is no concrete evidence to support this theory, and it remains largely speculative.

Another theory is that Houdini’s death was the result of a conspiracy involving the Spiritualist community, who were offended by Houdini’s skepticism and debunking of their claims. Some have suggested that a group of Spiritualists may have conspired to poison Houdini, possibly with arsenic, which could have caused his appendix to rupture. However, there is no evidence to support this theory either, and it is largely considered to be unfounded speculation.

Despite the various theories and speculation surrounding Houdini’s death, the official cause of death remains peritonitis due to a ruptured appendix. While it is possible that there may have been foul play involved, there is no concrete evidence to support this theory, and it remains a mystery to this day.

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