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Identity[ edit ] S. Erdnase spelled backwards is "E. Andrews" leading many investigators to search for people named Andrews as possible candidates. Another proponent who researched this theory was Barton Whaley, in his book The Man Who Was Erdnase, which contains eyewitness interviews from the s. Andrews was wanted by police for questioning in relation to a murder inquiry. When the police found Andrews he shot himself dead after fatally shooting his female companion.
Andrews was only 33, as stated in The Man Who was Erdnase. Others argue against Andrews being Erdnase because the known examples of his writing are very much inferior to the exceptional writing of The Expert at the Card Table. There has been newer evidence since the year that puts to rest the assumption that Milton Franklin Andrews was Erdnase.
It is obvious that Andrews was a card cheat but that is as far as his connection goes. Other historians have also found other men that could have indeed been S. The late David Alexander, a magician and private detective, did quite a bit of work to find a better and more possible candidate than Milton Franklin Andrews, and he proposed that Erdnase was a prominent mining engineer named Wilbur Edgerton Sanders.
Note that "S. Erdnase" is an anagram of "W. Andrews[ edit ] Todd Karr has identified a Midwestern-based con artist and business swindler named E. Andrews spelled backwards is S.
During the explanation of this theory Gaetan Bloom was present, supporting this hypothesis.
S. W. Erdnase
Strikethrough means no current records, see below. Since above are banks that still exist, the First National Bank is not in the list, which is the bank M. Smith thought it was in conversation with Martin Gardner in . A representative of the current day BMO Harris Bank states that they only hold bank records for the seven years required by law, and subsequently do not have any records from . Similar inquiries are currently being made to all the other banks in the list above, as well as the First National Bank that through a series of mergers over the years is owned today by Chase. Recent correspondence, however, concludes that the latter does not have any relevant records .