Way to Die #194
"Poker Face"
Name of the death is a pun on Lady Gaga's song, "Poker Face"
Poker Face
Date September 8, 1938
Location Joliet, Illinois
Episode this death
was featured in
"Sudden Death"
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"Poker Face", Way to Die #194, is the second death featured in "Sudden Death", which aired on December 22, 2010.


An inmate on death row named Floyd receives a deck of playing cards from a friend to use in building a pipe bomb as part of an escape plan. He breaks a metal leg from his bed, packs it with torn-up cards and water, and sets it on his cell's heater. After waiting some time for it to explode, Floyd picks it up only to have it detonate in his hands which eventually detonate in his face (That's not the bomb Floyd made) due to the sudden mixing of the water and the cards' flammable nitrocellulose coating. Floyd dies from shrapnel injuries to his face.

If Floyd's plan had worked, it would've been an escape for the ages. But it just....wasn't with the cards.


  • This is also based on the death of William Kogut but Kogut only created the bomb to commit suicide, not as a device to escape prison.


  • Jason Romero - EMT

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