Harry Houdini Remains to Be Exhumed after 80 Years … Poisoned? And the Family Attorney is “Guess Who”?

 

Was Houdini poisoned? After 80 years, the body of magician Harry Houdini is to exhumed to determine his exact cause of death. Speculation as to his death arose after “The Secret Life of Houdini,” a biography published last year.

Houdini died at age 52 on Halloween 1926, days after the athletic magician was repeatedly punched in the stomach by a college student testing the performer’s abdominal muscles.

His death certificate listed him as a victim of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix. No autopsy was performed, though, and rumors that he was murdered started almost immediately. (AP)

You will never guess who is representing the family of Houdini. Amazing that this attorney after 80 years wants answers to the death of an individual, yet the same could not be said the same in this attorney’s case for a teenager that vanished less than two years ago. I think we know who said attorney might be. 

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Legal paperwork necessary to dig up Houdini’s body from a New York City cemetery will be filed Monday to get the process started, said Joseph Tacopina, an attorney representing Houdini’s family. It could take months before the body is exhumed, although the process should move faster because the family and cemetery officials support the plan, he said.

 

Posted March 26, 2007 by
Bizarre, Crime, Murder | 59 comments


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    59 Responses to “Harry Houdini Remains to Be Exhumed after 80 Years … Poisoned? And the Family Attorney is “Guess Who”?”

    1. Carpe Noctem on March 26th, 2007 10:23 pm

      Tell me it is not that smarmy, dilapidated, uncouth, un-edu-macated, >RUBE:

      Joseph Paco-tenis. :shock:

    2. Carpe Noctem on March 26th, 2007 10:26 pm
    3. Eyeswideopen on March 27th, 2007 12:10 am

      When did leeches start feeding off skeletal remains?

    4. Richard on March 27th, 2007 7:15 am

      Is there any limit to the unearthing of remains? Is there any reason to justify this? Is there any evidence that Houdini was poisoned?

      Tacopino seems to be a natural gutter dweller, judging from this.

      One good thing (and only one) about it all: one hopes news of this will have an impact on his “other” client. You know who I mean!

    5. Hmmmm on March 27th, 2007 8:40 am

      One word comes to mind: prostitute.

    6. Miss-Underestimated on March 27th, 2007 9:04 am

      Are they going to do the autopsy in Aruba?

    7. dennisintn on March 27th, 2007 9:26 am

      #6, that would guarantee a ruling of suicide or “vanishment”. “body?, what body? what chu talkin about?”
      dennisintn

    8. Stranger on March 27th, 2007 9:53 am

      Do ya mean Houdini didn’t escape from that box 80 years ago?

      Let’s not say the Taco word too loud and clear. We may inadvertently conjure up evil spirits that will torture us with nightly appearances of this guy across the cable news media.

      I must say that I am a little surprised he hasn’t found a way to jump on the ANS bandwagon. Certainly there has to be at least one low-life left in that melodrama that needs a talented, unethical loud mouth of a lawyer to represent them…..

    9. Miss-Underestimated on March 27th, 2007 10:02 am

      Dennis,

      Would take along time….could really rack up the legal billable hours, travel, maybe even help in that spike of tourism Charlies hoping for.

    10. robots on March 27th, 2007 10:13 am

      joe tacopina is a LOAD

    11. Para2legal on March 27th, 2007 10:19 am

      What an ambulance chaser.

    12. Stranger on March 27th, 2007 11:58 am

      Speak of the Devil! He can be seen in action on Court TV’s live coverage of the McGuire trial today.

    13. Kat_Gram on March 27th, 2007 1:31 pm

      Why ? Anyone who MIGHT have been the culprit is long DEAD
      and cannot be sued ? Or did Joe T find a law where you can sue 80 years later ?

    14. yoyo muffintop on March 27th, 2007 1:58 pm

      “Amazing that this attorney after 80 years wants answers to the death of an individual”

      That would be the Family that wants answers, not Joe T. The Houdini family wants to know how he died – anything wrong with that?

    15. MOLLY FROM LOUISIANA on March 27th, 2007 2:13 pm

      #14 has it correct. Joe T got answers in Aruba. No one can
      prove Natalie was murdered by these boys, altho I do think
      they no something.

    16. Abbey on March 27th, 2007 2:24 pm

      I agree its the family who wants the answers and they hired him to do the legal work..That is what lawyers do. So what is wrong with that? Just cause some people don’t like him cause he won doesn’t make this wrong. He is allowed to work.

      _________

      SM: It would be nice for an attorney to have some consistency, even if its being a defense or plaintiff atty all the time. Taking cases for the publicity when it goes against one’s past case load is a crock.

       

    17. Richard on March 27th, 2007 3:21 pm

      Is it possible that any clues CAN be uncovered from remains that are 80 years old? I think I remember that they wanted to exhume Billy the Kid a while back, too ….

      Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb? Nobody anymore … they’re digging him up.

      Anyway, if remains of 80 years old can produce evidence of anything, than maybe the van der Sloots are right to sweat … just maybe ….

    18. Richard on March 27th, 2007 3:23 pm

      Molly in Louisiana (#15) … Can you tell us what answers Tacopino has produced in Natalee’s case? We still have no information.

    19. Maggie on March 27th, 2007 7:03 pm

      Everytime Joe T appeared on tv he contradicted his own clients stories. One night he said Natalee was over the top drunk not long after Joran appeared on Greta’s show saying she wasn’t drunk. He contradicts the time Joran said he got home on the night Natalee was missing and said Joran was on the computer around 2.. Joran says he got home around 2:30. It’s all about the money and publicity. pro bono ,,, then went on to collect money. etc.

    20. melanie on March 27th, 2007 8:36 pm

      Richard , why havent we heard from Larry Garrison in a while ?
      Wasnt he supposed to do his due dilligence in uncovering some new information related to Natalee’s case ?

    21. melanie on March 27th, 2007 8:43 pm

      Richard , honestly speaking how successful do you think your Boston ‘protest’ has been in preventing people from going to Aruba ?

    22. melanie on March 27th, 2007 8:44 pm

      And finally Richard , do you think your Boston ‘protest’ will have ANY IMPACT WHATSOEVER in finding what happened to Natalee ?

    23. Carpe Noctem on March 27th, 2007 9:45 pm

      #22 It does a lot more than any of the

      criminal, Aruban Dutch

      Mafioso HACKS aka the

      >>ARUBAN LAW ENFORCEMENT FIRM

      They haven’t done anything in M-O-N-T-H-S!!!!

      As mishy says “PUT YERRRR BONG DOWN, PLEASE.”

      (put the lighter down, and step away from the Fun-Yuns!)

      -j4n

    24. Carpe Noctem on March 27th, 2007 9:49 pm

      Richard I KNOWWWWWW

      you LAYED PIPE TO THEM!

      The troll reactions bear it out.

    25. Richard on March 27th, 2007 10:02 pm

      Melanie, in answer to your questions:

      20. No idea about Larry Garrison.
      21. Time will tell. Judging from the reaction we got, people won’t be going. And that’s what we’ve heard from the ATA itself … that tourism is down and has been down for some time.
      22. The protest/vigil was never intended to solve Natalee’s case. In case you don’t know, that’s what the Arubans, and now the Dutch, are supposed to be doing. And have been supposed to be doing for the last two years.
      Do you think we’re the police department? Hey, they turned away the FBI … they turned down the help of the sheriff’s organization that volunteered to go … and we’ve seen the level of competence that prevails on Aruba.

      So if you expect me and my four colleagues to solve it … we won’t. What we tried to do is to put Aruba on notice:

      We’re not forgetting Natalee.
      We’re not going away.
      And we’re going to keep beating the drum for Natalee and her family and to tell people not to go to Aruba.

      Okay?

    26. Richard on March 27th, 2007 10:03 pm

      I apologize for my grammar: should have been “my four colleagues and I.”

    27. Juan on March 27th, 2007 10:28 pm

      Tell me it’s not Gloria Alread………………………

    28. melanie on March 27th, 2007 11:35 pm

      And we’re going to keep beating the drum for Natalee and her family and to tell people not to go to Aruba.

      Okay?

      Comment by Richard | March 27, 2007, 10:02 pm

      How will stopping people going from Aruba help if it doesnt bring Natalee back ? Or is it “about revenge and not justice” as Joe Mammana said .

    29. melanie on March 27th, 2007 11:44 pm

      ‘The protest/vigil was never intended to solve Natalee’s case.’

      If your intention was NOT to get the case solved then what good would come out of your little ‘protest’ when the boycott has been ineffective in getting the case solved for almost the past 2 years ? Is it just vengeance or something else ?

    30. Carpe Noctem on March 28th, 2007 1:08 am

      Is it just vengeance or something else ?

      It is about a boy who lied, &

      his pig of lying mother

      and father. No more, no less. A Rapist/Murderering

      Vaan der sloot cut free to walk in to the night

      and hunt again. –

      That is the price you let Mr. Van der Sloot pay…

      that you suffer. So quit whinin’ before my friend

      mayan swings by and does a number on you.

      s) pimp slap -J4N ;-)

    31. GreatOwl on March 28th, 2007 11:08 am

      Actually, it is not the entire family that wants this. Since this is the hometown of Eric Weiss we have a lot of information that is always written when things concern him surface. Those familiar with Bess Houdini have petitioned the court not to exhume the body. It is felt that this is nothing more than a pubilicity stunt to promote a new book which speculates that Houdini was poisoned. So there is one member of the family involved in the writing of the book that wants the body exhumed. Others do not wish that to happen. I see no value in the exhumation except the personal financial gain of a few.

    32. melanie on March 28th, 2007 11:38 am

      You crack me up Carpe every time you open your mouth LOL !

      Its such a pleasure to get you to speak , trust me !

    33. San on March 28th, 2007 12:01 pm

      #31. GreatOwl you hit the nail right on the head. They should not exhume the body and should just leave the man alone and let him rest in peace.

    34. Richard on March 28th, 2007 12:24 pm

      Melanie (#s 28 and 29) … To reply:

      We know that in August, prompted by the complaints of Aruba’s business community, the ALE asked the Dutch to come in and save their butts … uh, em, that is, to take over the case. I’ll give you three guesses as to what drove the Aruban business community to make the plea.

      (Hint: Don’t try moral outrage at Aruba’s treatment of the Holloway Twitty family, because that isn’t the answer.)

      We who went to Boston did not intend to usurp the role of the ALE. I’m sure we could do a better job … I’m sure we could do a REAL job, unlike them … but we have no ability to influence them.

      What we CAN do is the only thing in our ability: urge people to avoid Aruba, educate them to the real crime picture there, and encourage them to speak out.

      You say, justly, our protest was “small,” at least in numbers. The response we got was overwhelmingly positive.

      So to clarify matters, it IS about Natalee and it IS about getting answers. Since I have no influence on the Aruban government, I will use what powers I do have to safeguard other Americans and to send a signal to Aruba.

      I hope this is clear enough. If not, it’s unfortunate.

      May I suggest that you begin calling on the Aruban people to look to their own interests? After all, as some of the ATA people told my colleagues, the Aruban government is corrupt. So then what? Just go to Carlos ‘n’ Charlies and have a beer, or five, or ten?

      Try cleaning up the mess on Aruba, not just whining when it gets in the spotlight.

    35. Hmmmm on March 28th, 2007 12:45 pm

      And the score is:

      Richard – 2

      Melanie – 0

      Go Richard!!!

    36. vicki on March 28th, 2007 12:47 pm

      Richard, I will repeat what I put on the last post,YOU ALL THAT WENT ARE ANGELS. What the troll doesnt realize there were more ppl behind the scene then went.We dont have to expalin anything to themDo you need some WHINE with your cheese,trolls.
      And TACOJOE on Tv almost made me upchuke.

    37. melanie on March 28th, 2007 1:10 pm

      “Try cleaning up the mess on Aruba, not just whining when it gets in the spotlight.”

      We will see Richard what ‘influence’ your ‘protest’ had in any way whatsoever . I dont think it had ANY .

      Do you think you got in the ‘spotlight’ LOL . It was ATA not you .

    38. melanie on March 28th, 2007 1:25 pm

      “educate them to the real crime picture there,”

      Just one missing tourist in two years , thats the REAL CRIME picture there Richard .

      Okay ?

      ________________

      SM:   That is the exact attitude we are boycotting/protesting   “Just one missing tourist” .   How would you feel if that one missing person was your child? (klaasend)

    39. windy city on March 28th, 2007 1:25 pm

      melanie,

      If the protest had no influence, you wouldn’t be wasting your time here.

      Be honest with yourself.

    40. melanie on March 28th, 2007 1:30 pm

      ‘but we have no ability to influence them.’

      Thats because the boycott is not working Richard . Simple

    41. melanie on March 28th, 2007 1:33 pm

      The CA case against Kalpoes will most likely be dismissed next month and in June the suspects will be released and the case closed .

      Keep whining at travel shows for the rest of your life . I know you love your job ! But that wont tell us what happened to Natalee

    42. Richard on March 28th, 2007 1:35 pm

      The issue of my being in the “spotlight” is totally irrelevant, and not at all our concern. Aruba has brought its mess upon its own head, and I am delighted to be able to accommodate them in showing people the reality behind the advertising … a reality which, until nearly two years ago, was pretty much a secret that nobody cared to plunge.

      Now we know. And the truth isn’t going away.

      And now, ma’am, delighted as I am to be able to respond to your enquiries, my time for private debate has expired.

    43. melanie on March 28th, 2007 1:47 pm

      ‘And the truth isn’t going away.’

      And the truth is the boycott is not going to contribute in any positive way towards getting answers .

    44. melanie on March 28th, 2007 2:04 pm

      ‘How would you feel if that one missing person was your child?’

      Thats still doesnt justify boycotting an entire nation especially when that is hurting more than helping.

      ________________

      SM:   According to you and others that support Aruba the boycott isn’t doing anything.   Why are you so worried about it then? (klaasend)

    45. melanie on March 28th, 2007 2:35 pm

      Why are you so worried about it then? (klaasend)

      I am not worried at all klaas , im just having fun with you guys who think you accomplished a great deal . :)

    46. windy city on March 28th, 2007 2:56 pm

      melanie, I hope you are putting as much effort into helping the 2 security guards clear their good names. They were victims of your corrupt government. Had it not been for the victims family, they would be rotting in jail for a crime they didn’t commit. Are you the sort that condones this kind of injustice?

    47. melanie on March 28th, 2007 3:27 pm

      ‘ Had it not been for the victims family, they would be rotting in jail for a crime they didn’t commit. ‘

      Absolutely wrong ! They would have been released in the absence of evidence , just like the other suspects .

    48. vicki on March 28th, 2007 3:36 pm

      45- windy, I’ll bet mel there doesnt answer. To intelligent a question….

    49. windy city on March 28th, 2007 3:57 pm

      melanie, I wasn’t aware that J2K have been released as suspects yet. Last I heard the Judge said no to their lawyers request in November(I think).

      I respectfully disagree with your point about Johns and Jones being released. IMO, the only reason was because the HI drop off lie didn’t hold up. If you click on the forum link above you can go back and read statements and conflicts of interest for yourself and formulate an honest opinion. I have tried to look at this whole mess from both sides as I have no vested interest other than the truth.

    50. Maggie on March 28th, 2007 5:11 pm

      Sure Melanie, the cops and Beth watched the video of the Holiday Inn within 36 hours or so and saw Natalee didn’t return to the Holiday Inn,so how could guards approach her there?.. still the cops went out and arrested the 2 guards and held them on kidnapping and murder suspicion.

    51. Carpe Noctem on March 28th, 2007 5:33 pm

      You crack me up Carpe every time you open your mouth LOL !

      Its such a pleasure to get you to speak , trust me !

      Comment by melanie | March 28, 2007, 11:38 am

      Melanie,

      It is in your GENERALLLLL… directtttt-SHONE

      that I primarily should like to “do some things.”

      Eat a skillet, ya skank.

      ARUBA – PACK YOUR TRASH BAGS! Your murdering
      gang-raping Van der sloots and Kalpoes have
      come home to roost.

    52. Carpe Noctem on March 28th, 2007 5:38 pm

      38

      SM: That is the exact attitude we are boycotting/protesting “Just one missing tourist” . How would you feel if that one missing person was your child? (klaasend)

      Klass,

      It is like talking about finances with your cat. I admire your
      patience to keep explaining it to them though!

    53. Carpe Noctem on March 28th, 2007 5:43 pm

      Absolutely wrong ! They would have been released in the absence of evidence , just like the other suspects .

      The other suspect were not released immediately.

      There was evidence, and the criminal, fraud, Aruban
      hack Jan Van der Straaten saw it for himself.

      That is why they held Joran the murdering/rapist
      the longest.

      (also read the entire Skeeters transcripts & view
      the videos – Deepaks words are very clear. Only Aruban
      hack – frauds dispute them.) This is because they have
      the deductive reasoning power of a malnourished porch lizard.)

    54. vicki on March 29th, 2007 9:39 am

      You know its sickening when someone comes on this blog and “says things just to rile us up” you sick piece of garbage. How dare you. A young human being is missing and you think its funny. I wish the plague on you and your whole family..you sack of sh#$.
      I will show up in Miami and anywhere else they have a travel show near me and tell everyone I see what a HELL HOLE LIERUBA IS. He who laughs last, laughs the longest.

    55. Observer on March 29th, 2007 4:11 pm

      You tell her Vicki!!!!

    56. Carpe Noctem on March 29th, 2007 4:54 pm

      Confuscious say: Don’t kill fry with hedge slammer.
      Also he say… Aruba, pi$$ on it!

    57. mayan_moons on March 29th, 2007 5:08 pm

      One Natalee Holloway is worth more than all you whining brybaby Arubans ANY DAY!

    58. mayan_moons on March 29th, 2007 6:08 pm

      One moron from Aruba (can’t remember which coz there are soo many of em) declared “why punish innocent Aruban’s”

      Even as i type this it won’t compute in the Aruban brain so i’m going to spell it out for them.

      Natalee was innocent and Aruban’s didn’t spare her now did you Aruba? Why should Aruba get more consideration than Natalee did? I can’t think of one reason why they should.

    59. IndyDan on March 29th, 2007 9:05 pm

      Hey look, I suggest we kill this thread, it’s already found it’s way to “next page”.
      It’s about TacoJoe and his ability to speak out of both sides of his mouth, depending upon whose paying him.
      He’s a high-tech ambulance chaser that gets free advertising by screaming on the talk shows. He’s got Greta and Crier pertrified, Kim on ocassion, but BOR and NG don’t take his $hit.
      He wants justice for the Houdini family – right – he’s on retainer for one relative looking for a book deal. He’s an insult to the law profession and a shill not worthy of our time, let’s move on.

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