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19th Century Irish Railroad Workers in Pennsylvania Grave May Have Been Murdered

There are 2 comments on the findingDulcinea story from Aug 20, 2010, titled 19th Century Irish Railroad Workers in Pennsylvania Grave May Have Been Murdered. In it, findingDulcinea reports that:

An examination of the 178-year-old "Duffy's Cut" grave indicates that violence contributed to the deaths of the 57 Irish immigrant railroad workers inside.

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Earnan Maguire

Cedar Rapids, IA

#1 May 9, 2013
It's a bit of a stretch to claim that all 57 were murdered, when only 7 bodies have been recovered and only 5 skulls were found. While at least some of the skulls show clear signs of trauma it should be remembered that these were men performing dangerous physical labor. Accidental deaths --- including ones caused by head trauma in the days long before safety helmets were invented --- were very common.
It is far from unlikely that most died of cholera. One skull showed signs of a gunshot wound and the impact of a bladed implement, likely an axe. The injuries to the other skulls are not nearly so suggestive of criminal violence.
The real question is why is Amtrak blocking the excavation of the mass grave that holds the other 50 bodies?
Jon Swenson

Millsboro, DE

#3 Jun 7, 2013
An outstanding singer/songwriter, Pat Kinneally,(also see Cooper and Kinneally) has written and recorded a great song (Duffy's Cut) about this the incident. She'll be performing that song at a bluegrass festival in Cross Fork, PA in June for anyone interested.

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