Harry Houdini in Salem MA

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Harry Houdini, (Mar.24,1874-Oct. 31, 1926) the famous escape artist, visited Salem in 1906.

His given name was Erich Weiss. His background was Hungarian and he immigrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of four.

In three packed shows at the Salem Theater, Houdini escaped from a large secured wooden box, and a strapped locked barrel. He also escaped from inside a police cell at the Salem Police Station.

Houdini died (on Halloween) of a ruptured appendix caused by blows from an overzealous fan. When dying, he made his wife promise to have an annual seance on the anniversary on his death. His wife did this for 10 years. In 1990 a group of organizers in Salem held a seance on Halloween to call Houdini back. Houdini forgot to attend the event at the Hawthorne Hotel…

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Salem Smugglers’ Tour and Salem Secret Underground Mentioned in Another Book!

 

 

In Wicked Truths:Book 3 of the Wicked Cries series  has the characters taking the tour and talking about info from the book. Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton used the book to research for their Wicked Charms book. Also The Librarians TV Show and Carol Perry in her Witch City Mysteries used the book to research the tunnels in Boston and Salem.  Have you read the book these people really dig yet? Check out The Wicked Truth Series….

Also Carol Perry in her newest book in the “Witch City Mystery” series have created a cast of characters using my families surname. In her previous work she used Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City as research to understand the tunnel routes inside the town. I wonder if Carol or Janet was the first to use my book to study tunnels in Salem for their books.

It is cool to see who is reading Salem Secret Underground and how mystery writers are building tales of the tunnels I helped to bring to light.

You can buy Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City today at Salem House Press or Amazon.com. Pre-orders for Grave Errors can be purchased here on Amazon.com.

Illustration from A Walk Above Salem

Illustration from A walk Above Salem by Chris Dowgin

The last book in the Salem Trilogy which details the war of the sexes fought with Nerf Guns and peashooters. Fly with Mr. Zac in a Caddy Balloon far above Salem and find out who wins!
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Poor Farm in Salem MA built by Charles Bulfinch

Poor Farm built by Charles Bulfinch

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