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This Audio From Houdini's Last Seance Will Freak You Out

OCTOBER 30, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

Not many people know this, but Houdini was an ardent critic of popular spiritualists. He claimed that they were nothing but crooks. As the ultimate test of their claims, he and his wife Bess made a pact. If Houdini died before her, she would hold an annual seance to try and contact his spirit.

On October 31, 1926, Houdini died after his appendix ruptured. Every Halloween for the next 10 years, Bess held a seance and attempted to contact him as per their agreement. By 1936, after nine years of nothingness, Bess declared that that year's seance would be the last one. They never heard from his ghost, but that doesn't mean the last recording isn't creepy. In fact, it's quite disturbing.

If you want a bit more background, watch from the beginning. If you want to get right into the scary stuff, fast forward to 8:29.


(via Cult Of Weird)

Well, I guess Houdini really did have the last laugh on that discussion, even if he had to die to make it happen.