This episode outlines the technological aspects of various ways in which death came to early settlers in the Old West.


Amy Huggins


Amy Huggins


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Episode credited cast:
David Carradine ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Dolan Sam Dolan ... Himself
Drew Gomber Drew Gomber ... Himself
Lee Grady Lee Grady ... Himself
Jolena Grande Jolena Grande ... Herself
Eric H. Heisner ... Cowboy / Outlaw (as E.H. Heisner)
Janet Vincent Lee ... Widow Shipping the Casket
Keith Lewis ... John Tooksberry
Roger McGrath Roger McGrath ... Himself
Sam G. Preston Sam G. Preston ... Tom Shaw
Max Roberts Max Roberts ... Himself
Phil Spangenberger Phil Spangenberger ... Himself


The show discusses causes of death in the west which was a constant companion. The show opens with the Binder Inn in Kansas which was the site of up to 25 murders. A group of people pretending to be a family ran a store which killed travelers. People traveling west often were not heard from for weeks, months, years, or never due to the lack of communications and the few people there. Joe "Bunko" Kelly of Portland Oregan shanghaied sailors for ships in the late 1800's and many were killed. He provided a crew of 25 for a ship from men dead from drinking formaldehyde they took for alcohol. In 1831 the advent of the mechanical reaper was one of many advances that were dangerous and often lead to death or injury. The 1896 intentional crashing of two locomotives in Texas lead to 2 killed and two dozen injured. The primary cause of death for cowboys was being dragged to death by horses. It is estimated that one of seventeen die on the Oregon Trail. Feuds were common leading to many deaths ... Written by Anonymous

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1 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Greystone Television See more »
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