Experts to Test Harry Houdini's Body
Legendary escape artist Harry Houdini
is shown in chains in this photo circa
1899. A team of top-level forensic
investigators will conduct new tests
on Harry Houdini's body to determine
if he was poisoned.

By LARRY McSHANE, The Associated Press
Mar 22, 2007 2:44 PM

NEW YORK - For all of his death-defying stunts, Harry Houdini couldn't escape the Grim Reaper: the unparalleled performer, age 52, expired on Halloween 1926. Many of his trade secrets went with him to the grave - but rumors that Houdini was murdered soon took on a life of their own.

Eighty-one years later, Houdini's great-nephew wants to exhume the escape artist's body to determine if enemies poisoned his renowned relative for debunking their bogus claims of contact with the dead. A team of top-level forensic investigators would conduct new tests once Houdini's body was disinterred, the legendary star's relative told The Associated Press.

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