Posts Tagged ‘Catherine Burns’

A detective story – death of young Irish widow in Pennsylvania


A quirk of fate, curiosity, surviving old documents, and dogged investigation. And a mystery is solved.

From The Guardian we have a detective story, a story that also shines a light on desperate poverty, optimism and immigration, and reality.

This tale of migration of a young widow to Pennsylvania from her native Ireland. Irish and Catholic in this wave of migrants to the US, she would face the brutal reality of a society where bigotry towards the Irish was intense. During a time of cholera, she would suffer an untimely and at the time unexplained death. Not to give away the plot, Reburial of woman in native Ireland highlights 183-year-old murder mystery