SECRETS OF THE DEAD

Program Details
Air Time: 
02/13/2015 - 4:00am - 4:59am
Program Title: 
DEATH ON THE RAILROAD
Program Service: 
EX
Program URL: 
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/
PSIP Description: 
Examines the deaths of 57 Irish immigrants hired to lay railroad tracks in Pennsylvania in 1832.
Long Description: 
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.