After having read through much of Houdini Magic's cd-rom of "The Jinx" (an amazing collection that, along with their cd-rom of "The Phoenix" seems to me necessary resource material for every magician's library), I have been trying to develop some research on Ted Annemann. I realize that the following may show an embarassing lack of knowledge re: this seminal figure. However, I'd like some help in assessing his life and role in 20th century magic.
Most resources that I've read over the years have noted Annemann's "mysterious death at his own hands." However, none have offered a clear explanation of that death, how it occurred, reasons why it may have occurred, evidence that it was self-inflicted, etc. Further, outside of the discussions in Editrivia, notes on his bullet catching act, and very occasional mentions of Annemann's performances in works by Walter Gibson, there seems to be a dearth of information available about Annemann's life, his professional programs, his success as a magician, his personal life (married? children? wealthy family? grew up in poverty? brought to earth by mysterious aliens?).
I wonder if anyone can offer more specific information on Annemann's death and his life and, if possible, a biography in which there is much more specific life information than I've found.