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Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad
Air date: 05/08/2013

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Wednesday, May 8, 10-11 pm ET on PBS

Death on the Railroad is a classic story involving foul play, cover ups, a murder mystery and a voyage of discovery to understand what happened to a group of Irish men who came to America for a better life but found only misery.  In 1832, railroad contractor, Philip Duffy, hired 57 Irish immigrants to lay railroad tracks in West Chester, Pennsylvania. But, less than two months after their arrival, all 57 were dead. Did they all die – as was widely believed – due to a cholera pandemic? Or, were some of them murdered? In 2003, twin brothers discovered a secret file among their grandfather’s papers that led them to investigate the deaths of these men and find the location of their final resting place in a valley now known as Duffy’s Cut.  Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, DNA, forensic analysis, facial reconstruction and historical detective work in Ireland and the USA, modern detectives and experts will unravel this extraordinary story.

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Duffy selects workers in Phili Port. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Archaeologist Sam Cox exposes body. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Archaeologist Sam Cox exposes remains. Photo credit: Tile Films

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Archaeologist Sam Cox removing skull. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Blunt force trauma on recovered skull. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Burial ceremony at Duffy’s Cut with Watson brothers. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Duffy’s Cut remains exposed. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Duffy’s Cut team exposes remains. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Skull with possible bullet wound. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Skeleton at Duffy’s Cut. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Skull exposed at Duffy’s Cut. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Vigilante fires gun. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Vigilante fires gun. Photo credit: Tile Films

Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

Vigilante shoots Duffy’s Cut workers. Photo credit: Tile Films