The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut
In 1832, fifty-seven Irish Catholic workers were brought to the United States to lay one of the most difficult miles of American railway, the Duffy's Cut of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The entire work crew disappeared without a trace, and their families in Ireland were never told what had happened to them. Uncover the conspiracy to hide the fate of the men as a team of DNA experts, archaeologists, and forensic scientists join in the hunt for the missing men and the solution to an age-old mystery.
The Mystery of Duffy's Cut
A group of Irish immigrants begin building one of the first stretches of American railroad. Suddenly, they disappear. Explore the mystery of Duffy's Cut.
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WITH ONLY A TRACE
Fifty-seven Irish immigrants died within two months of setting foot on American soil. Few records document their brief time in America but, with just a few clues, two brothers have unearthed their remains. Read more about the likely cause of their death and their unusual burial site.
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