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Secrets of the Dead: Death on the Railroad

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BQI492K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1832, 57 young men from Ireland boarded a ship to America, leaving behind an impoverished country in hopes of a better life. They arrived healthy and ready to work. Eight weeks later all 57 men were dead. Did they all die due to a cholera pandemic as was widely believed? Or, were some of them murdered? Over 150 years later long after their deaths had been forgotten, twin brothers discovered a secret file among their grandfather's papers, leading them to investigate the story behind their deaths and search out the location of their final resting place. With the help of a team of scientists and researchers, the brothers locate a mass grave site in a valley now known as Duffy's Cut. Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, as well as historical detective work in Ireland and the U.S., modern detectives and experts will unravel this extraordinary story. Death on the Railroad is a classic whodunit, containing foul play, cover ups, a murder mystery, and both old-fashioned detective work and high tech analysis to help find out what happened to a group of Irish men who came to America for a better life but found only misery.

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This is an entertaining and educational documentary that tells the tale of Irish railroad workers killed by cholera and a local militia outside Philadelphia in Malvern PA.
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This program is generally very interesting - the effort and devotion involved in attempting to solve an 180+ year-old mystery is a commendable thing. However, the people involved in this project seem to have convinced themselves that one of the remains belongs to John Ruddy without conclusive proof. It is stated that DNA testing would be conducted; some source claim that it was, other indicate that it was not. According to 'IrishCentral' (March 1, 2013): "both time and money have not permitted for the tests to be conducted. Despite this, Dr. Janet Monge from the University of Pennsylvania, who worked hands-on with the research, said it's unlikely Ruddy could be anybody else." Regardless of how compelling the circumstantial evidence may be, there's always a chance that it could be someone else. But I guess knowing for sure is now no longer a possibility.
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