Each of the people listed here died in a way that matches the deaths of the children in Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies. "Wry, Ergo Dead" is an anagram for Edward Gorey.
Jane Austen → C is for Clara who wasted away
Robert Skaf → A is for Amy who fell down the stairs
The Lost Prince → S is for Susan who perished of fits
Tupac Shakur → H is for Hector done in by a thug
Dante's Lucifer → W is for Winnie embedded in ice
Mary Jo Kopechne → I is for Ida who drowned in a lake
Milton Krest (in the film) → T is for Titus who flew into bits
Andres Escobar → H is for Hector done in by a thug
Sergio Zardini → D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh
Joan of Arc → R is for Rhoda consumed by a fire
The Bedroom Killer → A is for AMY who fell down the stairs
Oetzi, eventually → W is for Winnie embedded in ice
Arthur M. Free → A is for AMY who fell down the stairs
Joe Wilson's neighbor's little girl (According to Henry Lawson) → L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks
Yielding the answer CASHWITHDRAWAL.
Mystery Hunt fun fact of the day: Did you know that both Harry S Truman and Gene Kelly choked on peaches — and survived?
2006 MIT Mystery Hunt