Duffy’s Cut, Molasses Flood, Buddy Holly Curse

Don examines the fire engine that rushed to the scene of a strange industrial disaster, and bones found in a mass grave in Pennsylvania reveal a sinister secret.
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Bill Watson examines the 7 sets of human remains that were found buried in an unmarked grave near “Duffy’s Cut,” a stretch of railroad line in Pennsylvania.

The bones, now housed at Duffy’s Cut Museum at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, were said to be the remains of Irish immigrants working on the railroad who came down with cholera in 1832.

But the bones bear evidence of brutal violence. Archaeologists now believe that the immigrants did not die of cholera, after all.

The memorial sign that was erected near the mass grave of the 57 Irish immigrants who are said to have died of cholera.

Some of the bones found in the mass grave at Duffy’s Cut.

Buddy Holly's sunglasses on display at the Historic Auto Attractions Museum in Roscoe, IL. Some claim that Holly’s early and tragic death was the start of a sinister curse.

An 1882 fire engine on display at the Boston Fire Museum. This antique steam engine was one of the first responders to the Boston Molasses Disaster in 1919.

Boston Fire Museum curator Dan O'Neil with an 1882 fire engine. When a large molasses storage tank burst in 1919, the engine was one of the first on the scene. Despite the firefighters’ best efforts, the 2,300,000 gallons of molasses that rushed through the streets of Boston’s North End killed 21 people and injured 150.

At the Newseum, John Fox takes out the hollow nickel for the crew to shoot.

The crew shoots the hollow nickel on display at the Newseum. Designed by an international spy, the seemingly ordinary coin splits in half and was used to transmit covert secrets among Soviet spies operating in the US.

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