Tragedy in the Tunnel

In 1910, a young immigrant girl lost her life due to a simple misunderstanding

West entrance of the Blue Ridge tunnel, 1963.

WHEN 18-YEAR OLD VIRGINIA RONCOLI (also spelled Roncali) awakened, it was after midnight and her pitch-black railroad car was filling with acrid, black coal smoke. Many of her fellow Italian immigrant passengers noticed at the same time, and soon there was a stampede toward the doors at the front…

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Dale M. Brumfield

Dale M. Brumfield

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Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 11 books. More at www.dalebrumfield.net.