[Marxism] a possible story of mass murder of immigrant workers - from 1832

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 25 19:49:23 MDT 2010

> Pennsylvania Ghost Story Leads to Murder Mystery
> David Lohr
> "Duffy's Cut," as it's known, is a stretch of rail line in Malvern<http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Malvern&state=PA&address=Sugartown+Rd+%26+W+King+Rd&zipcode=19355&country=US&latitude=40.03346&longitude=-75.52929&geocode=INTERSECTION>,
> 30 miles west of Philadelphia. It was constructed for the Philadelphia and
> Columbia Railroad in 1832. Much of the construction was completed by a group
> of 57 Irish immigrants from Donegal, Tyrone and Derry, Ireland, who arrived
> in Philadelphia in June 1832 aboard the ship John Stamp<http://www.immigrantships.net/v10/1800v10/johnstamp18320623.html>
> .
> "They came here to partake of the American dream," Watson said. "No doubt,
> they thought they were going to get some good work, and they were hired
> right off the docks by a fellow Irishman named Philip Duffy, who came in
> around the War of 1812. He basically brought them out here to complete the
> most expensive and difficult mile in the entire Philadelphia and Columbia
> system."
> Within eight weeks of their arrival, all 57 reportedly died during a cholera
> pandemic<http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2009/aug/30/duffys-cut-now-murder-scene/>.
> The dead were buried together in a mass grave along Duffy's Cut.
> .................................

> Since the first discovery was made, Janet Monge<http://www.sas.upenn.edu/%7Ejmonge/>,
> an anthropologist from the University of Pennsylvania, has identified four
> human skulls and bones from seven skeletons. Those skeletons, however,
> suggest something other than a cholera pandemic may have claimed the men's
> lives.
> "Skeleton number six looks like it has a bullet hole<http://www.irishphiladelphia.com/node/2481>in it, and we have very good indications of blunt-force trauma to the
> others," Monge told AOL News. "Last year, when we only had two skulls to
> examine, I was a bit hesitant in claiming that we were looking at traumatic
> death, but this year, in every specimen that we examine, it really seems to
> indicate that they were victims of blunt-force trauma around the time of
> death."
> Monge says the conditions of the remains make it impossible to determine
> whether the men had suffered from cholera, but she said she might be able to
> determine whether the hole in skull No. 6 was caused by a bullet hole.
> .....................

> If the men were murdered, as Monge and the other team members suspect, what
> would be the motive? Watson says he and his brother already have a theory.
> "There is a newspaper account from October 3, 1832, about cholera striking
> the camp," Watson said. "Some of the men panicked and tried to get out and
> were forced back in. Another article, from November 1832, says the earlier
> story was not accurate and that there were only eight or nine men [who]
> died."
> As a result of the brothers' research and the evidence found upon the
> skeletal remains, the Watsons suspect local vigilantes killed<http://www.examiner.com/history-in-harrisburg/the-mystery-of-duffy-s-cut>most of the workers.
> "The fact is, they were murdered," Watson said. "In the first layer of
> burials, we suspect most of the men are going to be victims of cholera,
> which leaves no physical traces. But, we believe the others were killed to
> make sure there would be no cholera getting out of that valley."

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