Charles Stephens or Demon Barber of Bedminster (1862 - July 11, 1920) was an English daredevil. A barber living and working in Bristol, he started performing stunts to support his family, which included his wife, Annie, and their 11 children. Stephens went over the Falls in an oak barrel using an anvil for ballast; this proved to be fatal. He ignored warnings from his advisers, fellow Niagara daredevils, Bobby Leach and William "Red" Hill, Sr., who suggested he test the barrel before going over the Falls. As a result, Stephens was dragged under the Falls after the anvil broke the bottom of the barrel. He was the first person to die attempting to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and the second man to attempt this stunt. Stephens' severed arm (the only part recovered) is buried in the Drummond Hills Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
December 12th, 2017
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