I've been reading a most interesting book by John L. Weller, The New Haven Railroad - Its Rise and Fall, c. 1969. From its beginning in 1844 through its demise in 1968, the road had a storied history of financial misdeeds by its officers, attorneys, bankers, brokers, Federal, State and Local governments, suppliers and even newspapers bought to sway public opinion. Everyone with influence had their fingers in the pie, aided by the New Haven's byzantine purpose-built accounting methods which resulted in a dizzying and untraceable number of subsidiaries and transactions. J.P. Morgan was the road's principal Financier. Surprisingly, he cared little for what he paid for acquisitions, as long as his monopolies were maintained. This led to the New Haven's purchase of steamship lines, trolleys, interurbans and other railroads, whether actual or merely posing a threat on paper. His lieutenants and elected officials were only too happy to help, lining their pockets along the way and building their careers, attracting ever-growing circles of crooked associates and even corrupt government prosecutors. My reading has carried me to 1914 and the road's empty fortunes are finally coming to light. This book would provide a terrific basis for a movie. Viewers would think it was fiction.