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Charles Stephens
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    (1862-July 11, 1920)
    'Niagara Falls Plunge (July 11, 1920)'
    Niagara Falls, New York Daredevil
    Appeared in an IMAX feature
    He risked his life and succeeded in losing it over a stunt.
    He was featured on 'Ripley's Believe It or Not.'
    He rode a 600 lb. barrel to his death.
    His barrel was split by the raging water.
    His right arm was the only part of him recovered.
    The arm found had a tattoo that read 'Forget Me Not Annie.'
    Much to the horror of Bobby Leach and William 'Red' Hills, Jr., Stephens strapped a heavy anvil to his feet and refused to heed their protests.
    He stubbornly refused their help and wore only padded clothing and finally accepted one oxygen tank.
    He refused to take Bobby Leach's advice on preparation of safety because he thought Bobby wanted him to fail.
    He probably should have taken heed to the advice of Bobby Leach, one who had successfully plunged the Falls before him.
    He was a barber who left eleven children needlessly fatherless!
    He was the first man, but second person to go over Niagara Falls.
    Bobby Leach tried very hard to help his stunt be successful and had good intentions.
    Leach left because he did not want to watch the tragedy Stephens was stubbornly preparing for himself before his eyes.

Credit: Skunk Butt

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