Live by the sword, die by the sword

October 31, 1938 Salt Lake City, Utah John Deering is executed by firing squad for murder Deering had robbed and murdered a man in May 1938. He agreed to be connected to monitors during his execution; these devices recorded vital signs before, during, and after being shot by the firing squad. Deering's heart rate reportedly…

Father poisons children’s candy to collect insurance

October 31, 1974 Pasadena, Texas Ronald O'Bryan gives poisoned candy to his children, 2 of the neighbors' children, and a child he recognized from church; his son Timothy dies from the candy O'Bryan, his children Timothy and Elizabeth, and other children went trick or treating around the neighborhood. They came to a house and grew…

Houdini’s death

October 31, 1926 Detroit, Michigan Harry Houdini dies of peritonitis Houdini had been reclining in a couch due to a recently broken ankle when J. Gordon Whitehead, a university student, asked Houdini "if he believed in the miracles of the Bible" and "whether it was true that punches in the stomach did not hurt him,"…