In 1907, a young girl was found dead in the Lyric Theatre, leaving behind an unwanted pregnancy and an abusive lover. On an otherwise quiet morning in 1891, a cartful of nitroglycerin exploded. The remains of the driver had to be gathered in a peck basket. The Cannonball Express lived up to its name in 1888, when an open switch caused it to shoot off the track, sending two cars flying. Local journalist A. Parker Burroughs resurrects these and other stories from southwestern Pennsylvania’s shadowy past. From foul play at the Burgettstown Fair to the tragic murder of North Franklin’s Thelma Young, follow the trail with Burroughs as he uncovers the crimes and intrigues of Washington County.