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When New York Life denied the Houdini Estate's claim for Double Indemnity, Bernard Ernst gave them a sample of what they would be up against if it went to court.
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Interesting. I was of the opinion that New York Life paid on that claim. Was it only after receiving this letter that they chose to pay off?
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Yes. The attorney for New York Life then sent a memo to his bosses saying that there was an excellent chance that were Ernst, Fox and Cane to bring a lawsuit to attempt to prove that the Houdini Estate was entitled to double indemnity due to the cause of Houdini's death being accidental, that there was an excellent chance they would prevail with a jury.
So, they paid. But it is obvious from Ernst's letter that the double indemnity claim was initially denied by New York Life.
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