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male announcer: TONIGHT, JASON SUDEIKIS DIGS DEEP

INTO HIS FATHER'S UNKNOWN LINEAGE.

- MY GRANDFATHER WAS, UH, WAS MORE OR LESS HOMELESS.

announcer: HE DISCOVERS A TROUBLING PATTERN

OF FATHERLESS SONS SPANNING THREE GENERATIONS.

- SO HE NEVER EVEN MET MY DAD.

announcer: AND LEARNS STUNNING DETAILS ABOUT HIS ANCESTORS

THAT BRING THE SUDEIKIS STORY FULL CIRCLE.

- IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HORRENDOUS.

IT'S LIKE YOU'RE INSIDE THE BOMB.

[upbeat music]

♪ ♪

announcer: AFTER CUTTING HIS TEETH IN STAND-UP COMEDY,

ACTOR JASON SUDEIKIS GOT HIS BIG BREAK

WHEN HE JOINED THE CAST OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

JASON HAS SEAMLESSLY TRANSITIONED TO THE BIG SCREEN,

AND CONTINUES TO MAKE HIS MARK IN FILM AND TELEVISION.

HE WORKS AND LIVES IN NEW YORK CITY.

- I CONSIDER MYSELF AN HONORARY NEW YORKER

IN THE SENSE THAT I'VE BEEN TO A YANKEES GAME.

I LIKE BIG PIECES OF PIZZA.

AND, UH, AND I HAVE A SUBWAY CARD.

BUT I'M MOSTLY FROM THE MIDWEST.

I WAS RAISED IN OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS,

WHICH IS A SUBURB OF KANSAS CITY.

MY PARENTS ARE DAN AND KATHY,

DAN BEING MY FATHER, KATHY BEING MY MOM.

ON MY MOM'S SIDE, THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE,

BUT THEN, YEAH, THE SUDEIKIS SIDE, NOTHIN'.

STANLEY SUDEIKIS, MY FATHER'S FATHER,

UH, DIED, SO WE'VE BEEN TOLD,

WHEN MY DAD WAS TWO YEARS OLD.

AND THAT'S ALL I KNOW. THAT'S IT.

DON'T KNOW HOW, DON'T KNOW WHERE.

UM, DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED OR, YOU KNOW,

HOW THAT AFFECTED MY GRAM,

AND OBVIOUSLY, MY DAD.

MY DAD'S MOM, EDNA,

SHE LIVED WITH US EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER.

SHE WAS A BIG PART OF ALL OF OUR LIVES.

SHE WAS TOUGH, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT,

BLESS HER HEART, IF DAD WAS OUT

AND MOM WAS TRAVELING,

THEN GRAM WAS RUNNING THE SHOW.

I'M AT A POINT IN MY LIFE WHERE WE'RE LOOKING BACKWARDS,

REALIZING THAT MY DAD RAISED ME

WITHOUT HAVING BEEN RAISED BY A DAD.

AND TO THINK THAT HE WAS DEPRIVED OF THAT,

IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW,

MY HEART REALLY GOES OUT TO HIM ABOUT THAT.

IT'S--IT'S TOUGH.

I FORTUNATELY DIDN'T GO THROUGH THE SAME THING.

I GOT HIM.

THING I'M MOST CURIOUS ABOUT IS TO FIND OUT

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY FATHER'S FATHER.

SO NOW I'M HEADING TO MY HOMETOWN,

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS,

TO MEET WITH MY PARENTS, KATHY AND DAN.

YOU KNOW, I'M HOPING MY DAD HAS, YOU KNOW,

SOME STORIES OR PHOTOS OR JUST ANY INFORMATION

THAT CAN HELP ME INVESTIGATE THE BACKGROUND

OF MY GRANDFATHER STANLEY.

HELLO.

- HEY, HEY, JASE. HOW YOU DOIN'?

- HEY, HONEY. - HI.

- LOVE YOU.

WELL, WELCOME HOME.

- GOOD TO BE HOME.

- GOT SOME, UH, FUN THINGS TO SHARE WITH YOU HERE, JASON.

I THINK YOU'LL ENJOY... - ALL RIGHT.

- GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE.

- IT'S NOT MY BILL FROM GROWING UP?

- [laughs]

DAD HAD THAT PREPARED EARLIER, YEAH.

OKAY. - THIS IS GOOD.

- HERE WE GO. - THERE'S GRAM.

- THAT'S GRAM IN ALL OF HER GLORY.

- I REMEMBER THIS HAT OF YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S.

- HOW CAN YOU FORGET IT?

[laughter]

IT'S GREAT.

- A SINGLE MOTHER WITH TWO KIDS AT HER AGE

WAS REALLY KIND OF INTERESTING.

SHE WAS VERY SELF-SUSTAINING.

SHE WAS VERY INDEPENDENT.

- AND THEN HER BEING A STRONG, YOU KNOW, PRESENCE.

- I THINK IT'S BECAUSE SHE WAS A SINGLE PARENT

HER WHOLE LIFE.

SO SHE WAS PLAYING BOTH ROLES.

- YEAH. WHAT DO YOU KNOW AT THIS POINT

ABOUT YOUR-- ABOUT YOUR DAD?

- UH, NOT MUCH MORE THAN I DID WHEN I WAS YOUNGER.

- YOU DON'T REMEMBER HIM AT ALL?

- OH, NOT AT ALL.

NO, ABSOLUTELY, UH, NOTHING AT ALL.

- WELL, DAN, LIKE, DID YOU EVER ASK YOUR MOM

ABOUT YOUR DAD AND--

- WE USED TO ASK, WE'D SAY,

"WELL, WHAT WAS HE LIKE,

OR WHAT DID HE LOOK LIKE?"

SHE WOULD GET VERY SPECIFIC.

HE WAS 6'2 1/2" AND WEIGHED 195.

WE'D--WE SAID, "WELL, WHEN DID HE DIE?

WHEN DID-- HOW DID HE DIE?"

AND SHE USED TO TELL US ONE STORY THAT'S ALWAYS STOOD OUT,

'CAUSE IT'S THE ONLY STORY SHE EVER TOLD.

HE WAS LEAVING MASS ONE DAY.

FELL DOWN. IT WAS WINTER, ICY.

SLIPPED ON THE STAIRS, BROKE HIS NECK.

HE DIED ON THE CHURCH STEPS OF A PARISH IN CHICAGO.

- THAT'S INTERESTING. - THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN--

IT MAY BE TRUE, FOR ALL I KNOW.

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ALL THIS CLOAK OF MYSTERY.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, NOTHING ABOUT HIS PARENTS OR--

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE HE WAS BORN.

- YEAH. WELL, I THINK WE HAVE TO, UH,

OBVIOUSLY, WE GOTTA GO TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

WITH YOUR PERMISSION, OF COURSE.

- OH, ABSOLUTELY. ANYTHING GOES.

- I'M INTRIGUED.

GOOD LUCK, HONEY. GODSPEED.

- THAT'S VERY GOOD.

[laughter]

- WELL... - OKAY.

- SO NOW I'M HEADING TO CHICAGO,

WHERE I AM, YOU KNOW, I'M HOPING TO UNRAVEL

THE MYSTERY AROUND MY GRANDFATHER'S DEATH.

MY FIRST STOP IS MEETING WITH JEANNE BLOOM,

A GENEALOGIST WHO I'VE ASKED TO PULL ANY RECORDS

SHE CAN FIND REGARDING MY GRANDFATHER STANLEY SUDEIKIS.

- SO I PULLED THE CORONER CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.

- RIGHT. SO OKAY. SO STANLEY SUDEIKIS.

- AND YOUR GRANDFATHER DIED IN COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL.

- HE WAS 32 YEARS OLD.

IS THAT RIGHT? YEAH.

"MANNER OF INJURY/DEATH:

"SKULL FRACTURE.

FALL ON SIDEWALK. ACCIDENT."

THAT WAS ALWAYS THE STORY THAT MY GRANDMOTHER

WOULD TELL MY FATHER--

THAT HE WAS WALKING OUT OF CHURCH

AND SLIPPED ON THE STAIRS AND FELL AND BROKE HIS NECK.

NOW, HE DIDN'T BREAK HIS NECK.

IT WAS ACTUALLY A SKULL FRACTURE,

BUT THAT'S PRETTY CLOSE.

- WE DON'T KNOW FROM THIS WHERE IT WAS.

- YEAH. - OR IF IT WAS A CHURCH.

- RIGHT. OKAY.

SO BIRTH DATE, BORN MAY 26, 1915,

WHICH I DON'T THINK MY FATHER KNEW.

UH, IT HAS LISTED STANLEY'S PARENTS--

MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS-- OF STANLEY SUDEIKIS.

HIS MOM'S NAME, EMMA BIELSKIS.

AND IT SAYS BIRTHPLACE ON BOTH OF THEM "UNKNOWN" SPECIFICALLY,

BUT THEY DO HAVE LITHUANIA...

WHICH MAKES ME DEFINITELY LITHUANIAN.

SO THAT'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF NEW FOODS

I'M GONNA HAVE TO TRY.

- [laughs]

- "USUAL OCCUPATION: UNKNOWN.

"INDUSTRY OR BUSINESS: UNKNOWN.

INFORMANT: ANN..."

THAT PINKEL OR PUKEL?

- PUKEL, P-U-K-E-L. - YEAH.

HOW--HOW IS IT NOT...

LIKE, YOU KNOW, MY GRANDMA?

HOW IS SHE NOT THE INFORMANT ON THIS?

announcer: JASON UNVEILS THE TRUTH

BEHIND THE SECRECY OF HIS GRANDPARENTS' MARRIAGE.

- SO HE NEVER EVEN MET MY DAD?

announcer: JASON SUDEIKIS IS IN CHICAGO,

RESEARCHING THE CRYPTIC STORY

OF HIS GRANDFATHER STANLEY'S DEMISE.

HE JUST FOUND OUT THAT HIS LATE GRANDFATHER'S BODY

WAS IDENTIFIED BY A MYSTERY WOMAN,

NOT HIS GRANDMOTHER EDNA.

- IF YOU LOOK UP HERE, HERE IS THE RESIDENCE...

- RIGHT. - OF STANLEY.

- YEAH. - BEFORE...

- YEAH, IT'S... SAME ADDRESS AS...

MISS ANN PUKEL.

YEAH. SO...

HE WAS LIVING WITH MISS PUKEL. - YEAH.

- OR AT LEAST LIVING IN THE SAME PLACE.

- AND ON THIS TYPE OF DEATH CERTIFICATE,

IT DOESN'T SAY WHAT THE RELATIONSHIP IS.

- YEAH, I DON'T MEAN TO BE A POLLYANNA, BUT, YOU KNOW.

- WHAT WE DO KNOW

IS THAT THE CORONER WAS BROUGHT IN

BECAUSE IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.

WHAT THAT MEANT WAS THERE WAS A JURY

THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER. - OKAY.

- AND THEY HEAR THE TESTIMONY ABOUT WHAT WENT ON.

- SO IT'S A FULL-ON INVESTIGATION.

- IT'S AN INVESTIGATION.

AND THAT FILE SHOULD BE A THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE.

AND I CAN MEET YOU WITH THAT FILE TOMORROW.

- YEAH, BECAUSE THERE IS A MYSTERY HERE

AS TO WHY THE INFORMANT'S NAME IS NOT, YOU KNOW,

EDNA SUDEIKIS, HIS WIFE.

SO WHILE JEANNE IS LOOKING FOR THE CORONER'S REPORT,

I'M GONNA GO MEET WITH PHIL COSTELLO

FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT ARCHIVES.

PHIL HAS PULLED ANY, YOU KNOW, COURT RECORDS

NAMING MY GRANDPARENTS, STANLEY AND EDNA,

THAT I'M HOPING, YOU KNOW, IN SOME WAY

WILL SHED SOME LIGHT ON THEIR RELATIONSHIP

AND POSSIBLY EXPLAIN WHY STANLEY

WAS APPARENTLY LIVING WITH ANOTHER WOMAN.

- LET'S TAKE A LOOK HERE.

- ALL RIGHT. OFF THE BAT, WE GOT, UH...

THE PLAINTIFF IS EDNA SUDEIKIS, MY GRANDMOTHER,

VS. STANLEY P. SUDEIKIS, MY GRANDFATHER.

ENTERED MAY 15, 1947.

A YEAR BEFORE HE DIED.

- WELL, IT'S UP HERE.

IT'S A DECREE FOR SEPARATE MAINTENANCE.

- WHAT DOES THAT MEAN,

"DECREE FOR SEPARATE MAINTENANCE"?

- WELL, IT'S NOT REALLY A DIVORCE CASE.

- IT ISN'T? - THEY'RE NOT ASKING FOR A JUDGE

TO BREAK THE BONDS OF MATRIMONY TO DISSOLVE THE MARRIAGE.

- RIGHT? - THEY'RE ASKING A JUDGE

TO ENTER AN ORDER

TO ALLOW THESE TWO PARTIES TO LIVE, UM,

APART AND SEPARATE.

- WHY DO-- WHY DOES THAT HAPPEN?

- UM, BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE,

I--WERE THESE PEOPLE CATHOLIC?

- I--I MEAN, I WOULD ASSUME, YEAH.

I MEAN, THAT'S THE WAY WE WERE RAISED.

- SO, YOU KNOW, BACK IN THIS ERA, THE 1940s,

YOU KNOW, CERTAIN JUDGES DIDN'T WANT TO GRANT THE DIVORCE

BECAUSE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. - RIGHT.

- I'M THINKING THAT, BECAUSE OF THE RELIGION ANGLE...

- YEAH. - DIVORCE WAS FORBIDDEN.

- "THE PARTIES HERETO ARE LAWFULLY JOINED IN MARRIAGE

"ON SEPTEMBER 25, 1945.

"THAT SUBSEQUENTLY TO THEIR INTERMARRIAGE

"THE DEFENDANT WILLFULLY DESERTED

"AND ABSENTED HIMSELF FROM THE PLAINTIFF

WITHOUT ANY REASONABLE CAUSE UNTO WIT."

SO IT'S SAYING SEPTEMBER 25, 1945.

- I THINK THE BIG THING IS THAT THE DATE OF THE MARRIAGE

WAS THE DATE OF THE DESERTION.

- WHICH IS--IS ODD.

- IT IS ODD, AND MAYBE IT WAS KIND OF LIKE

A SHOTGUN WEDDING, IF YOU WILL...

- RIGHT. - THAT THEY JOINED TOGETHER

IN A MARRIAGE, AND MAYBE IT WAS PREARRANGED

THAT THEY WOULD HAVE THAT AS LEGITIMIZING THEIR CHILDREN.

- RIGHT.

- SO THIS IS THE TESTIMONY

THAT EDNA PRESENTED IN COURT

AS TO WHY SHE SHOULD BE GRANTED SEPARATE MAINTENANCE.

- OKAY. "EXAMINATION: 'PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.'

'EDNA SUDEIKIS.'"

SO THESE ARE HER WORDS HERE THAT I'M READING.

- THAT'S CORRECT, AND THIS IS HER ATTORNEY, MR. BRENNAN,

ASKING HER QUESTIONS IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE.

- GOTCHA.

"'YOU ARE MARRIED TO THE DEFENDANT,

"STANLEY P. SUDEIKIS.' 'YES.'

"'WERE THERE ANY CHILDREN BORN TO YOU AND STANLEY?'

"'YES, TWO CHILDREN.'

"'WHAT IS THE NAME AND AGE OF THE OLDER CHILD?'

"'ANN LOUISE, TWO YEARS OLD.'

"'NAME AND AGE OF THE YOUNGER CHILD.'

'DANIEL, ONE YEAR OLD.'"

THAT'S MY FATHER.

"'ARE YOU LIVING WITH YOUR HUSBAND NOW?'

"'NO.'

"'ON OR ABOUT WHAT DATE DID YOU SEPARATE?'

"'SEPTEMBER 25, 1945.'

"'HAVE YOU LIVED SEPARATE AND APART SINCE THAT DATE

"AS A SINGLE WOMAN?'

"'YES.'

"'HAS HE SINCE THAT DATE

"FURNISHED YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN WITH A HOME?'

"'NO.'

"'DID HE OFFER TO DO SO?' 'NO.'

"'SINCE THAT DATE, HAS HE FURNISHED YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN

"'WITH MONEY FOR SUPPORT?' 'NO.'

"'WHERE ARE YOU AND THE CHILDREN NOW LIVING?'

'WITH MY FATHER.'"

SHE'S LIVING WITH HER DAD. WOW.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, "'DID YOU EVER GIVE YOUR HUSBAND

"REASON TO ABSENT HIMSELF FROM YOU?'

HER ANSWER: "NO."

"'THE CHILDREN ARE IN YOUR CUSTODY?'

"'YES.'

"'WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOUR HUSBAND

"'SAW THE CHILDREN?'

'ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO.'"

"'HE HAS NOT SEEN THE LAST CHILD?'

'NO.'"

SO HE NEVER--HE NEVER EVEN MET MY DAD.

- NOT ACCORDING TO THE COURT RECORD.

- UP TO THIS POINT.

- THAT'S RIGHT. - THAT'S HEAVY DUTY.

UM... I-I--I MEAN,

IT FEELS LIKE...

IF--IF-- IT'S NOT SURPRISING

IF SHE'S ASKING FOR THE SEPARATION,

ASSUMING THAT SHE DIDN'T LET HIM SEE THE CHILDREN.

- THAT'S TRUE. - BUT THEN ALSO,

GIVEN HIS ACTIONS HERE, IT'S ALSO NOT SURPRISING

THAT MAYBE HE DIDN'T MAKE THE EFFORT EITHER.

"'WHAT DOES THE HUSBAND EARN?'

'HE REFUSES TO WORK.'"

ALL RIGHT.

HE REFUSES TO WORK.

I MEAN, THE WAY MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD DESCRIBE IT,

THAT HE WAS 6'2 1/2", AND 195 POUNDS...

- YEAH. - THAT'S LIKE--

THAT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW...

I WISH I WAS 6'2", 195. AND HE, UH...

- THERE WAS PLENTY OF WORK TO GO AROUND IN THAT ERA.

- YEAH.

NOT SEEING ANYTHING LIKE THIS, YOU KNOW,

EVER IN MY LIFE, MUCH LESS, UM...

[laughs] IT BEING MY OWN LIFE,

YOU KNOW, IT SEEMS PRETTY CUT AND DRY.

UH, AND YET IT'S STILL-- IT'S AN UNUSUAL CASE.

- I AGREE, UH... - YEAH.

I THINK MY GRANDMOTHER SHIELDING MY FATHER

FROM THE TRUE STORY

HAD MORE TO DO WITH NOT SPEAKING OF THINGS

THAT WOULDN'T HAVE BENEFITTED ANYBODY TO SPEAK OF.

MY GRANDFATHER DOESN'T SEEM TO BE

ALL THAT MUCH OF A STAND-UP FELLOW.

WHICH, OBVIOUSLY, BEING A GENTLEMAN

IS NOT NECESSARILY HEREDITARY.

BECAUSE I THINK MY DAD IS INCREDIBLY RESPONSIBLE

AND LOYAL.

I'M CURIOUS WHAT LED TO THIS ABANDONMENT.

IT CONTINUES TO BE A MYSTERY AT THIS POINT,

AND A MUCH MORE INTERESTING MYSTERY THAN WE HAD THOUGHT.

announcer: JASON FINDS STARTLING EVIDENCE

SUGGESTING HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER

WAS A BIGAMIST.

- HE HAD TWO FAMILIES?

announcer: JASON SUDEIKIS IS IN CHICAGO,

HAVING JUST LEARNED THAT HIS GRANDFATHER STANLEY

ABANDONED JASON'S FATHER.

JASON IS MEETING AGAIN WITH GENEALOGIST JEANNE BLOOM.

- JEANNE'S FOUND A CORONER'S INQUEST,

WHICH I'M HOPING WILL GIVE ME MORE DETAILS

ABOUT MY GRANDFATHER'S PREMATURE DEATH.

I'M ALSO CURIOUS TO SEE IF THE INQUEST

WILL TELL ME ABOUT THIS ANN PUKEL,

THE WOMAN STANLEY SEEMED TO BE LIVING WITH

AT THE SAME TIME AS HIS DEATH.

YOU KNOW, WHO WAS SHE TO HIM?

JEANNE WANTED ME TO MEET HER AT THE CORNER OF 50th AND HONORE,

AND I'M NOT SURE WHY.

- THIS IS THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.

- IT IS? WOW.

IT'S STILL A CHURCH. - IT IS.

AND THIS IS THE INQUEST REPORT.

- OKAY. - THERE'S A LOT OF DETAILS

AND PERSONAL INFORMATION IN HERE.

IT'S SOMETHING YOU'LL WANT TO READ BY YOURSELF.

- OKAY. - OKAY?

- THANK YOU.

"CAUSE OF ACCIDENT OR CATASTROPHE,

"FALL ON SIDEWALK.

PLACE OF ACCIDENT, HONORE AND 50th STREET."

"CAUSE OF DEATH, A SKULL FRACTURE

WITH CEREBRAL LACERATIONS."

ALL RIGHT, LOOKS LIKE I HAVE HERE

THE SWORN TESTIMONY OF ANN PUKEL.

"'HOW ARE YOU RELATED TO STANLEY SUDEIKIS?'

'MY COUSIN.'" OKAY.

SO THAT'S GOOD.

[laughs] THAT'S BETTER THAN...

OTHER ALTERNATIVES, ASSUMPTIONS I HAD MADE

ABOUT MISS PUKEL.

"'WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR COUSIN ALIVE?'"

SHE SAYS, "'I THINK IT WAS ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO.

"'HE CAME FOR A SHIRT.'

"'HOW WAS HE AT THAT TIME, WOULD YOU SAY,

"MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY AND SO FORTH?'

"'WELL, MOST OF THE TIME,

"'HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LIQUOR.

HE WASN'T STAGGERING THAT TIME.'"

THEY THEN SWEAR IN THE OFFICER THAT FOUND STANLEY.

THIS IS HIS TESTIMONY.

"'THERE WERE SOME CEMENT STEPS TO A CHURCH

"'AND IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT THE MAN WAS INTOXICATED

"'AND STUMBLED AND HIT HIS HEAD ON THE STEPS.

"'WE CONTACTED HIS WIFE

"'AND WE ASKED HER TO ATTEND THE INQUEST,

"'AND SHE STATED THAT SHE WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH IT...

THAT SHE HAD BEEN LEGALLY SEPARATED FOR THREE YEARS.'"

THERE'S NO EVIDENCE AS TO HOW MANY TIMES

SHE HAD TO FORGIVE HIM.

IT CERTAINLY SOUNDS LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER HAD HAD ENOUGH.

UH, "'TALKED TO A MAN THAT SAID HE WAS HIS UNCLE.

"'HE SAID THAT HE DID NOT WANT HIM,

AND TO TAKE HIM ANYPLACE.'"

ALL RIGHT.

SO IT'S A FAMILY CONDITION TO NOT...

[chuckles]

UPHOLD FAMILIAL RESPONSIBILITIES.

"'WERE THERE ANY SIGNS THAT THERE HAD BEEN ATTACKED,

"ASSAULTED, ROBBED, OR ANYTHING?'

"'NO SIGNS.'

"'WERE THERE ANY VALUABLES?'

"'NO, HE HAD NOTHING AT ALL.

HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO SLEEP IN THE PARK.'"

MY GRANDFATHER WAS A-- WAS MORE OR LESS HOMELESS.

SLEEPING OUTSIDE.

IT'S SAD.

"AT 10:05 YESTERDAY,

"ONE STANLEY SUDEKIS PASSED AWAY

AT THE COUNTY HOSPITAL."

I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE FELT AT HOME, YOU KNOW?

IT SEEMED LIKE HIS OWN FAMILY WASN'T KEEN

ON HELPING HIM OUT.

I WOULD ASSUME, UM,

THE HABIT OF DRINKING

HAD MADE HIM...

SOMEONE THAT WAS DIFFICULT TO RELY ON, TO COUNT ON.

AND TO KNOW THAT HELPING EVEN IN THE SMALL DOSES,

WHETHER IT BE FINANCIALLY OR JUST A BED TO SLEEP IN,

WOULD-- WOULDN'T BE WORTH IT

TO PEOPLE AT THAT POINT.

I MEAN, HE WENT FROM BEING, YOU KNOW,

A GUY MAKING BAD DECISIONS CONSCIOUSLY

TO TODAY YOU SORT OF REALIZE,

"OH, HE WAS IN BAD SHAPE."

IT MAKES ME FEEL, YOU KNOW,

SORRY FOR HIM MORE THAN ANGRY AT HIM.

AND MY FATHER WOULD SPEAK TOWARDS IT, YOU KNOW.

HE--HE DRANK, UH, A LOT.

AND JUST STOPPED ONE DAY.

SO IT-- IT DIDN'T SURPRISE ME.

AND ALL THIS MAKES ME WONDER WHAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP

STANLEY JR. HAD WITH HIS DAD.

YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT STANLEY'S CHILDHOOD,

AND HIS PARENTS AND, YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE SUDEIKIS LINE.

SO JEANNE RECOMMENDED I MEET WITH ANOTHER GENEALOGIST

NAMED HILARY MAC AUSTIN.

- OKAY, SO YOU WERE INTERESTED

IN FINDING MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT YOUR... - YEAH.

- GRANDFATHER. - YEAH.

- SO WHAT WE FOUND WAS A MARRIAGE RECORD...

- MM-HMM.

- FOR YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHER. - OKAY.

ALSO NAMED STANLEY SUDEIKIS. - MM-HMM.

- AGE OF 22 YEARS OLD.

AND MISS...MICHE-- MICHELINA?

- MM-HMM. - AM I SAYING THAT RIGHT?

both: MICHELINA.

- I BELIEVE THIS IS LIKE BIELSKIS,

WHICH WE'D SEEN THIS NAME BEFORE.

- YES. - NOW, WE KNEW HER AS EMMA.

- WELL, I THINK PEOPLE CHANGED THEIR NAMES.

- SURE. - AMERICANIZED THEIR NAMES.

- RIGHT. - AND SO I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY

WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS SITUATION.

- SHE WAS AHEAD OF HER TIME.

EMMA'S A VERY POPULAR NAME THESE DAYS, YEAH.

THIS WAS THE 11th OF AUGUST, 1914.

AND THERE'S HIS SIGNATURE.

WELL, I GUESS STANLEY SR. AND EMMA HAVE, AT LEAST,

MY GRANDFATHER.

I WONDER IF THEY HAD ANY OTHER KIDS.

- WELL, THIS IS 1914. - RIGHT.

- SO I THINK THAT THE NEXT PLACE TO LOOK

IS IN THE CENSUS. - MM-HMM.

- AND GO TO 1920

AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE FAMILY.

- RIGHT. - IF WE CAN GO TO ANCESTRY.COM.

- SURE.

- MOVE DOWN TO CENSUS AND VOTER LISTS.

- YEP.

- SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE 1920 CENSUS.

- BINGO.

STANLEY.

LOCATION? - LOCATION.

- CHICAGO, COOK, ILLINOIS.

- ILLINOIS, USA. - BINGO.

SO...HERE WE GO.

ALL RIGHT, SO WE HAVE...

THREE PEOPLE LISTED ON THIS ADDRESS.

EMMA SUDIKI.

THAT'S ANOTHER COMMON MISSPELLING.

AND THEN WE HAVE A SON, STANLEY.

HE'S 4 1/2 AT THIS POINT.

WALTER. HERE'S A WALTER, BILKI.

SO HE'S THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD.

EMMA IS A SISTER.

OKAY, SO WALTER IS STANLEY'S UNCLE.

- RIGHT, EXACTLY.

- GOTCHA. WHERE'S STANLEY SR.?

SHE LISTED AS MARRI-- SHE IS LISTED AS--

- SHE'S LISTED AS MARRIED. SHE'S NOT LISTED AS WIDOWED.

- RIGHT.

THERE'S NO STANLEY SR. LISTED HERE.

AT ALL.

HMM.

INTERESTING.

MAYBE THEY DIVORCED?

WHERE--WHERE DO YOU THINK WE COULD FIND

WHERE STANLEY SR. WOULD BE?

- WE GO BACK TO THE CENSUS.

- OKAY. - WE GO TO...

- EDIT-SEARCH. WONDERFUL. - EDIT-SEARCH. EXACTLY.

- ALL RIGHT. - YEAH, TAKE BOTH OF THOSE OUT.

- OH, BOTH?

- YEAH.

- OH. OKAY.

- AND GO RIGHT THERE.

- VIEWING THE ORIGINAL RECORD.

IT'S THE 1920 CENSUS? - YEAH.

- POPULATION OF BRIDGEPORT CITY.

SO IT'S CONNECTICUT? - MM-HMM.

- YEAH, BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT.

OKAY, SO NOW HERE'S A STANLEY SUDEIKIS

WITH A MISSPELLING.

AND HIS WIFE.

BARELY CAN READ THAT.

- I--I THINK IT MIGHT BE MEL.

- YEAH, SO IT WAS 1920.

WELL, THEN... SO HE HAD TWO?

HE HAD TWO FAMILIES?

announcer: JASON UNCOVERS THE SECRETS

OF HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER'S DOUBLE LIFE.

- THEY PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE FAMILY IN CHICAGO.

announcer: JASON SUDEIKIS IS IN CHICAGO,

HAVING JUST UNCOVERED DOCUMENTS SUGGESTING

THAT HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER, STANLEY SR.,

MAY HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO TWO WOMEN

AT THE SAME TIME.

- HE HAD TWO FAMILIES?

- IT LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT HAVE.

I MEAN, IT'S NOT AS THOUGH THERE ARE A LOT

OF STANLEY SUDEIKISES LISTED.

AND IT'S LITHUANIA. - RIGHT.

SO IN 1920,

MY GRANDFATHER, STANLEY JR.,

LIVED IN CHICAGO WITH MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER EMMA.

BUT FOR SOME REASON, MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER,

STANLEY SR., WAS NOT LIVING WITH THEM.

NOW, THE CRAZY THING IS,

I'VE ALSO FOUND A 1920 CENSUS FROM CONNECTICUT

THAT SHOWS A MAN NAMED "STANLY SEDAKIS"

LIVING IN BRIDGEPORT WITH A WOMAN NAMED "MILL."

NOW, IS THE "STANLY SEDAKIS" IN CONNECTICUT

THE SAME MAN AS MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER,

STANLEY SR. IN CHICAGO?

- I THINK THAT YOU OUGHT TO LOOK

AT THE MARRIAGE RECORDS FOR HOLY CROSS.

IF THEY WERE MARRIED IN THE CHURCH,

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HOLY CROSS,

WHICH WAS THE LITHUANIAN CHURCH...

- YEAH? - CATHOLIC CHURCH, IN CHICAGO.

I'M GOING TO GO TRY AND SEE IF THERE'S A DIVORCE RECORD.

- OKAY. I'LL SEE YOU SHORTLY.

SO WHILE HILARY CALLS THE COOK COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE

TO SEE IF THERE'S A DIVORCE RECORD ON FILE,

I'M ASKING THE LIBRARY'S ARCHIVIST

TO PULL MICROFILM RECORDS

FOR HOLY CROSS CHURCH IN 1914,

THE YEAR THAT MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS WERE MARRIED.

EMMA AND STANLEY'S MARRIAGE RECORD

HOPEFULLY WILL GIVE ME SOME MORE INFORMATION

ON STANLEY SR.,

WHICH COULD THEN HELP ME FIND OUT

IF THESE TWO STANLEYS ARE ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW,

REALLY THE SAME GUY.

SUDEIKIS AND BIELSKIS?

PHILIAM JOSEPH AND MARY ANNA GESHEITA

ARE MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS.

MY FATHER'S MIDDLE NAME, I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT HE WENT BY

WAS DANIEL JOSEPH SUDEIKIS.

INTERESTING.

I DON'T THINK MY FATHER WOULD KNOW

THAT JOSEPH WAS-- IT'S A FAMILY NAME.

ESPECIALLY IF IT CAME FROM THE SUDEIKIS SIDE.

BUT IT SUITS HIM BETTER THAN MARY ANNE.

DANIEL MARY ANNE SUDEIKIS.

IT'S NOT HORRIBLE.

- HI. - HI.

- UH, SO YOU FOUND THE DOCUMENT.

- YEAH, YEAH, WE FOUND IT RIGHT HERE.

- I HEARD BACK FROM THE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE.

THERE IS NO RECORD OF A DIVORCE.

- OKAY, THEN WHAT I HAVE TO FIND OUT NOW--

IF THE STANLEY THAT WE HAVE THE MARRIAGE RECORD OF HERE

IS THE SAME STANLEY THAT'S ALSO MARRIED WITH A FAMILY

IN BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT.

- YEP. - ALL RIGHT.

SO I'M ON MY WAY TO CONNECTICUT

TO PULL WHATEVER RECORDS OR DOCUMENTS

I CAN FIND FOR THE BRIDGEPORT STANLEY SUDEIKIS...

AND COMPARE THEM AGAINST THE CHICAGO STANLEY SUDEIKIS.

I'M EXTREMELY INTERESTED TO FIND OUT

WHERE THIS TREND OF MEN BEING RAISED WITHOUT FATHERS

ACTUALLY STARTED,

SO I'M MEETING WITH DR. BOB RAFFORD,

A GENEALOGIST WHO I HOPE CAN HELP ME STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT.

- SINCE YOU INDICATED THAT YOU FOUND A 1920 CENSUS RECORD,

SHOWING THAT STANLEY SUDEIKIS SR.

WAS MARRIED,

WHY DON'T WE LOOK IN THESE BOOKS

TO SEE IF WE CAN FIND A MARRIAGE RECORD FOR HIM

HERE IN BRIDGEPORT?

WHY DON'T YOU START WITH THE 1918 RECORDS?

- OKAY.

- I'LL TAKE THE RECORDS FROM 1919.

WE'LL SEE IF WE CAN FIND A RECORD THERE

THAT'LL BE HELPFUL. - ALL RIGHT.

- EACH ONE OF THESE BOOKS HAS AN INDEX IN THE FRONT.

- WHEW.

HERE WE GO.

STANLEY SUDEIKIS, 298.

THIS IS 1918.

ALL RIGHT, WE GOT TOWN OF BRIDGEPORT, CONNECTICUT.

GROOM'S NAME: STANLEY SUDEIKIS.

BRIDE'S NAME: AMELIA JAKEITIS?

- LOOKS LIKE, UH, TRAKEITIS.

- TRAKEITIS, HUH?

BIRTHPLACE: LITHUANIA.

LISTED AS HIS FIRST MARRIAGE?

THEN IT'S NOT HIM.

OR...HE'S...LYING.

NAME OF FATHER: JOSEPH.

THE FATHER'S NAME IS CORRECT. IT WAS JOSEPH.

- NAME OF MOTHER IS MARY GASH.

- THAT'S NOT THE NAME I REMEMBER

FROM THE MARRIAGE RECORD.

WE HAD THE NAMES JOSEPH AND MARY GESHEITA.

- MARY GESHEITA. MARY GASH.

MAY BE AN ANGLICIZED VERSION OF HER NAME.

- MM-HMM. WAIT A MINUTE.

JOSEPH AND MARY?

- [chuckles] JOSEPH AND MARY.

- ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME THAT I'M RELATED TO JESUS?

[both laughing]

THAT'S HIS SIGNATURE THERE.

WELL, I DO HAVE A MARRIAGE APPLICATION

FROM CHICAGO WITH A SIGNATURE.

THE "T" INTO "A" TO THE "N."

VERY, VERY SIMILAR.

- I THINK THERE'S ENOUGH SIMILARITY

BETWEEN THESE TWO SIGNATURES

TO THINK THAT THESE ARE ONE AND THE SAME MEN.

- YEAH, I MEAN, CERTAINLY THE INFORMATION ALL,

YOU KNOW, MAKES SENSE. ASIDE FROM HIM LIVING IN CHICAGO

AND BEING MARRIED TO MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER.

THAT'S THE ONLY INFORMATION THAT'S DRASTICALLY DIFFERENT.

BUT, YEAH, I MEAN,

I MEAN, BIGAMY,

FEELS A LITTLE BIT, UH, A LITTLE ODD.

YOU KNOW? UM...

I-I-I DON'T-- I DON'T--

I DON'T--I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF IT.

I WOULD HOPE THAT IT WAS A MUTUAL DECISION.

I'D HATE TO THINK THAT HE JUST HIGH-TAILED IT OUT OF CHICAGO.

SO THEN HOW DO WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT, YOU KNOW,

WHAT THESE YOUNG KIDS ENDED UP DOING?

- WHY DON'T WE GO TO THE 1930 CENSUS

FOR BRIDGEPORT

AND SEE WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION THAT HOLDS

ABOUT STANLEY AND HIS FAMILY?

- YEAH.

- SO LET'S GO TO ANCESTRY.COM.

- SO THIS IS 1930.

I LOOKED AT THE 1920 ONE.

SO HERE WE ARE IN...

IS THAT GREENFIELD HILL? - GREENFIELD HILL.

THAT WOULD BE THE NEXT TOWN OVER FROM BRIDGEPORT.

- SO WE HAVE STANLEY SUDEIKIS.

UH, AMELIA...WIFE.

AND THEN DAUGHTER. WE HAVE A DAUGHTER NAMED JULIA.

- DAUGHTER NAMED JULIA.

- THEY OWN? 46--

- $4,600 HOUSE THAT THEY OWN.

- STANLEY THEY HAD LISTED AS A GARDENER

AT A PRIVATE ESTATE.

SO THEY WERE OWNING PROPERTY AND DOING JUST FINE

WITH HIM GARDENING.

- IT, UM, SAID A LOT THAT HE WAS ABLE TO AFFORD

A HOUSE IN THAT AREA. - MM-HMM.

SO HE WAS CONDUCTING HIMSELF IN A--

WE CAN ASSUME, IN A GENTLEMANLY FASHION.

THEY PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE FAMILY IN CHICAGO.

- THEY PROBABLY DON'T. - YEAH.

YOU WOULD THINK STANLEY SR.

WOULD HAVE AS MUCH CONCERN FOR HIS SON AND WIFE IN CHICAGO

AS--YOU WOULD HOPE-- AS HE WOULD

HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER HERE IN CONNECTICUT.

IT CERTAINLY ALLOWS MYSELF TO BE

A LITTLE BIT MORE UNDERSTANDING

FOR WHY MY GRANDFATHER STANLEY JR.

WOULD HAVE LEFT MY GRANDMOTHER AND MY OWN FATHER.

IF HE DIDN'T KNOW LIFE WITH A FATHER,

THEN HE MAY NOT HAVE REALIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT ROLE.

NOT HAVING A FATHER,

I DON'T THINK THAT NECESSARILY, UH, YOU LOSE A CHILDHOOD.

UM...I WOULD ASSUME YOU JUST GET A DIFFERENT ONE.

MAYBE ONE THAT'S NOT AS RESPONSIBILITY-FREE.

MAYBE ONE THAT CAUSED A LITTLE DISTRUST IN FAMILY.

I KNOW OF A GREAT DEAL, MANY PEOPLE

THAT HAVE MADE THEIR WAY THROUGH IT

AND GONE ON TO, YOU KNOW, AMAZING THINGS,

SOME MAYBE MORE NOTABLE THAN MY FATHER,

BUT NO MORE IMPRESSIVE.

MY FATHER BROKE A CYCLE.

YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE IT GREATLY.

KNOWING MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER, STANLEY SR.,

LEFT MY GRANDFATHER TO START A SECOND FAMILY

REALLY MAKES ME WONDER ABOUT STANLEY SR.'S RELATIONSHIP

WITH HIS OWN FATHER.

YOU KNOW, DOES THIS PATTERN OF ABANDONMENT

CONTINUE TO A--YOU KNOW, BACK TO A THIRD GENERATION?

SO I'M RETURNING TO MY HOTEL TO RESEARCH MY FAMILY'S ROOTS,

STARTING WITH THEIR IMMIGRATION FROM LITHUANIA

TO THE UNITED STATES.

I HAVE NEW YORK PASSENGER LISTS,

1820-1957.

CLICK ON THAT.

AND NOW STANLEY...

SUDEIKIS.

LITHUANIA.

LOOKS LIKE AUGUST 25, 1900.

STANISLAV, A.K.A. STANLEY SR.

EIGHT YEARS OLD.

LOOKS LIKE HE WAS TRAVELING WITH...

A MARIANNA SUDEIKIS, WHO'S 16.

SO I'M GONNA ASSUME HIS SISTER.

"WETHER GOING TO JOIN A RELATIVE,

IF SO, WHAT RELATIVE."

FATHER. FATHER-- A JOSEPH.

OKAY, SO JOSEPH MUST HAVE TRAVELED AHEAD

AND BROUGHT HIS FAMILY ONCE HE'D GOTTEN SETTLED.

SO THEN TO KNOW IF STANLEY SR. ACTUALLY DID MEET UP WITH HIM,

I GUESS WE COULD CHECK THE CENSUS,

SEE IF HE'S LISTED WITH HIS FATHER IN 1900.

ALL RIGHT, SO JOSEPH SUDEIKIS,

HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD.

UNDERNEATH THAT, MARY LISTED AS WIFE.

OH, BOY. HOW MANY KIDS WE GOT HERE?

EIGHT. HOLY MOLY.

IS IT SLATIA?

OKAY, WENT WITH ONE OF THOSE HIPPIE NAMES

FOR THE LITTLE GIRL.

WAIT A MINUTE, WE HAVE NO STANLEY LISTED.

MAYBE HE WASN'T THERE YET?

OKAY, SO THIS WAS JUNE 11th OF 1900.

THE PASSENGER LIST THAT I LOOKED AT

IS ACTUALLY FROM AUGUST.

SO THAT'S WHY STANLEY SR.

WOULD NOT BE LISTED AS A FAMILY MEMBER YET.

THIS WAS IN MAHANOY TOWNSHIP

IN PENNSYLVANIA.

SO JOSEPH, THEY HAD LISTED AS A COAL MINER.

MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER BEING A COAL MINER.

I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THAT WORLD.

SO IN ORDER TO FIND OUT A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT JOSEPH,

THEN I WOULD NEED TO GO TO PENNSYLVANIA.

MINER COUNTRY.

announcer: JASON GETS TO THE ROOT

OF THE PATERNAL ABANDONMENT IN THE SUDEIKIS LINE.

- IT'S LIKE YOU'RE INSIDE THE BOMB.

announcer: JASON SUDEIKIS JUST ARRIVED

IN HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, TO INVESTIGATE

HIS GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER'S LIFE IN MINING COUNTRY.

- THE CENSUS FROM 1900 SHOWED THAT JOSEPH WAS A COAL MINER

IN MAHANOY TOWNSHIP.

SO I'M HOPING THAT LEARNING ABOUT HIS WORK

WILL GIVE ME A REAL SENSE OF, YOU KNOW,

WHAT KIND OF MAN HE ACTUALLY WAS.

I'M MEETING WITH HISTORIAN STU RICHARDS,

AN EXPERT IN COAL MINING

DURING THE TIME THAT JOSEPH WORKED.

WELL, I JUST FOUND OUT THAT MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER,

JOSEPH SUDEIKIS, HAD COME OVER FROM LITHUANIA

TO PENNSYLVANIA TO WORK IN THE COAL MINES.

- MEN LIKE YOUR GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER

WOULD HAVE LEFT BY HIMSELF AND ARRIVED HERE

IN THE ANTHRACITE REGION LOOKING FOR WORK.

- OH, WOULD THEY LEAVE LITHUANIA AND GO,

"WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO PENNSYLVANIA, AMERICA"?

- IT DEPENDS. A LOT OF TIMES, THE, UH,

THE COAL BARONS HAD RECRUITERS THAT THEY SENT TO EUROPE,

LOOKING FOR STRONG PEOPLE. - YEAH.

- BECAUSE COAL MINING'S AN EXTREMELY HARD TYPE OF JOB.

PROBABLY THE HARDEST JOB THAT-- AT THE TIME PERIOD.

HE COULD MAKE A LIVING FOR HIMSELF.

AND AT ONE POINT, HE COULD BRING HIS FAMILY OVER,

BIT BY BIT.

announcer: IN THE 1880s,

AMERICA'S COAL INDUSTRY WAS BOOMING,

FUELED BY THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.

NEAR THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY,

RECRUITERS LURED THOUSANDS OF EASTERN EUROPEANS TO THE U.S.

AS A SOURCE OF CHEAP LABOR.

WHILE LITHUANIANS LIKE JOSEPH CAME TO ESCAPE

ECONOMIC HARDSHIP AND POLITICAL OPPRESSION AT HOME,

WORK IN THE COAL MINES WAS BACKBREAKING AND DANGEROUS.

MEN AND BOYS WORKED 6 DAYS A WEEK,

12 HOURS A DAY,

IN THE GRIM CONFINES OF THE MINES.

ACCIDENTS WERE COMMONPLACE, RESCUE DIFFICULT,

AND MANY DIED UNDERGROUND.

- DO YOU KNOW WHERE JOSEPH MIGHT HAVE WORKED?

- THERE WERE TWO OR THREE BIG COLLIERIES

IN THE MAHANOY AREA

THAT HE COULD HAVE POSSIBLY WORKED AT.

AND WE CAN GO LOOK THROUGH THE U.S. MINE SAFETY

AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION WEBSITE.

- ALL RIGHT.

- UP HERE IN THE SEARCH ENGINE THERE,

YOU CAN PUT IN "MAHANOY."

- HIS JOB WAS LISTED AS COAL MINER

WHEN I SAW THE 1900 CENSUS.

OH, HERE YOU GO. NUMBER 1900.

MAHANOY CITY, PENNSYLVANIA.

SEVEN DIED IN AN EXPLOSION.

THAT'S THE ONLY THING LISTED FOR THAT CITY.

I'M WONDERING IF ANY OF THOSE SEVEN PEOPLE

THAT DIED IN THAT MIGHT HAVE SHARED MY SAME LAST NAME.

WELL, HOW DO YOU FIND OUT?

- I CAN GO BACK TO THE ARCHIVES

AND, UH, I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN FIND.

- GREAT.

IT'S A DANGEROUS JOB IN SO MANY, MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.

YOU KNOW, BEING BURNED TO DEATH OR HURLED FROM A CART.

- WELL, WE FOUND A COUPLE...

- HOLY MOLY. - THINGS HERE.

- LOOK AT THIS.

- I BROUGHT OUT THE CORONER'S REPORT

FOR THAT TIME PERIOD.

- START IN THE MIDDLE.

I JUMP TO 1901.

- YEAH, 1901.

- HERE'S NOVEMBER.

NOVEMBER.

- WELL, YOU HIT IT RIGHT-- - OH, YEAH, LOOK AT THAT.

JOSEPH SUDEIKIS.

SO WHAT IS--OKAY. OH, "NAME OF THE DECEASED."

"EXPLOSION OF GAS."

TO KNOW IT FOR CERTAIN, THAT HE DIED,

YOU KNOW, WHEN STANLEY SR. WAS VERY, VERY YOUNG,

I MEAN, HE-- YOU COULD SAY

THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW HIM AT ALL, REALLY.

- IT'S AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT LIFESTYLE FOR PEOPLE

AT THAT TIME PERIOD.

- HOW DID ANYBODY MAKE IT THROUGH?

- THE BEST THING THAT I THINK WE CAN DO IS

I CAN TAKE YOU DOWN INTO A MINE,

A MINE THAT WAS OPERATING AT THE SAME TIME,

AND SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED

AND WHERE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN WORKING

IN THE EXACT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT, OKAY?

- WELL, LET'S GO. LET'S DO IT.

I THINK IT'S INCREDIBLY SAD THAT MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER

DIED IN A COAL MINE

WHILE TRYING TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR HIS FAMILY.

I'M HOPING TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF, YOU KNOW,

WHAT JOSEPH FACED IN THE DAYS AND ULTIMATELY THE MINUTES

RIGHT BEFORE HIS UNTIMELY DEATH.

YOU'RE GONNA PUT ME 400, 500 FEET UNDERGROUND?

- YES, INSIDE--ABOUT 1/4 MILE INSIDE THE MOUNTAIN.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THIS DARK, BASICALLY, WITHOUT--

WITH OUR HEAD LAMPS, IT'S MAKING IT

A LITTLE BIT MORE MODERN LIGHTING,

BUT AT THE TIME, THE WHOLE ENVIRONMENT

WOULD BE THIS WAY.

NOW, THE PROBLEM IS,

WE HAVE A LOT OF LIGHT HERE.

WE'RE WORKING WITH THESE LAMPS HERE.

- YEAH. - THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT

YOUR GREAT-GRANDFATHER WOULD HAVE WORN.

THIS HAT.

THIS IS AN ORIGINAL OLD MINER'S HAT.

WE CAN'T LIGHT IT HERE IN THE MINE FOR SAFETY REASONS.

- YEAH. - BUT THIS WAS A LITTLE...

LAMP, AND IT JUST BURNED.

SO IT HAS A FLAME ABOUT THAT HIGH ON--

- YEAH. - WHEN IT IS BURNING.

AND THIS IS WHAT CREATES THE PROBLEM.

NOVEMBER 9TH... - RIGHT.

WHAT HAPPENED WAS, JOSEPH, WE COULD SAY,

WAS WORKING UP HERE IN THIS CHUTE.

- SURE.

- FELLA BY THE NAME OF GALLAGHER--

- YEAH? - HE GOES IN A CHUTE DOWN THERE,

WHICH WAS CLOSED OFF.

WENT, WITHOUT PERMISSION, WITH A NAKED LAMP.

HE STUCK HIS HEAD RIGHT INTO A POCKET OF GAS.

- BOOM. - A HORRENDOUS EXPLOSION,

BEYOND BELIEF, CAME ROARING DOWN

THROUGH EVERY ORIFICE IN THE MINE.

- IT'S LIKE YOU'RE INSIDE THE BOMB.

- IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HORRENDOUS.

TO HURL MEN 20, 30 FEET AWAY,

IT HAD TO BE A TREMENDOUS EXPLOSION.

AND THEN THAT GAS, THAT BALL OF FIRE,

IS COMPLETELY ENCASED IN THIS GENERAL AREA.

- AND THIS KIND OF STUFF HAPPENED--

- ON A REGULAR BASIS.

- I CAN'T IMAGINE SUFFERING THIS MUCH

IN THIS JOB WHILE ALIVE,

MUCH LESS DYING FROM IT.

- ANY MINER THAT GOES UNDERGROUND

PUTS HIS LIFE IN THE HANDS OF HIS SKILL

AND MOTHER NATURE. - YEAH.

- AND THAT'S-- IT'S VERY, VERY TOUGH.

- THE WAY THAT THE STORY HAS UNFOLDED TO ME

IS THAT MY GRANDFATHER,

WHO PASSED AWAY WHEN MY FATHER WAS, YOU KNOW, TWO,

DIED HOMELESS.

HE DIDN'T PAY CHILD SUPPORT AT ALL

'CAUSE HE REFUSED TO WORK.

SO THEN TO THINK THAT JOSEPH,

WHO DID ABOVE AND BEYOND,

STAYED WITH THE FAMILY, YOU KNOW,

FORGED AHEAD INTO THIS NEW WORLD TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE

JUST WASN'T AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO--TO PROVE THAT EXAMPLE.

YOU KNOW, ONE COULD SAY.

UM, BECAUSE IT WAS-- IT BROKE DOWN HERE.

[clattering and rumbling]

IT IS A NICE LITTLE GESTURE

THAT MY FATHER, DANIEL JOSEPH SUDEIKIS,

SHARES HIS MIDDLE NAME WITH HIS GREAT-GRANDFATHER

BECAUSE I FEEL THAT THEY BOTH LIVED THEIR LIVES

SEEMINGLY FAMILY FIRST.

I WAS THINKING OF THE IRONY THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE

OF WORK ETHICS

BETWEEN JOSEPH AND STANLEY JR.

AND I DO LIKE TO THINK

THAT JOSEPH WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIS GRANDSON

A GREAT DEAL OF [bleep] FOR REFUSING TO WORK.

announcer: COMING UP, JASON GIVES HIS FATHER CLOSURE

ON THEIR FAMILY'S UNKNOWN HISTORY.

- HE DIED, YOU KNOW, PENNILESS, HOMELESS, AND FAMILY-LESS.

- OH, WOW.

announcer: JASON SUDEIKIS HAS TRAVELED BACK

TO HIS HOMETOWN IN KANSAS.

JASON'S FATHER DAN WAS ONLY AN INFANT

WHEN HIS FATHER STANLEY ABANDONED THE FAMILY.

- I'M VERY EXCITED TO SPEAK TO MY FATHER, IF, UH,

IF FOR NO OTHER REASON, UM,

THAN I KNOW HE'S EXCITED.

- HI. - HELLO.

- HERE HE IS. - HI, GUYS.

- HI, HONEY. HOW ARE YOU?

ONE, TWO, STEP. YOU LOOK HANDSOME.

- THANK YOU. YOU LOOK LIKE PRINCE.

[laughter] - YOU LOOK GOOD, BUDDY.

- YOU TOO. - YES, INDEED.

- SISTER HUG.

GET--AHH. - I WANT ONE OF THESE.

- OHH. - ONE-STOP SHOPPING.

- ONE-STOP SHOP, HUH? - HOW FUN.

- HOW YOU GUYS DOING?

- WE'VE BEEN OUT HERE TALKING.

- START AT THE BEGINNING.

WHERE'D YOU GO? YOU WENT TO CHICAGO.

- I WENT TO CHICAGO FIRST, YEAH.

UM, AND, UH,

YOU KNOW, FOUND OUT

THAT STANLEY HAD NEVER MET YOU.

- ME? - NEVER MET YOU.

YOU NEVER MET HIM, HE NEVER MET YOU.

HE NEVER PAID AN OUNCE OF CHILD SUPPORT.

HE, UH-- - HE MISSED OUT.

- HE REFUSED TO WORK IS WHAT WAS SAID BY, UH,

BY THOSE THAT TESTIFIED. HE--HE--

- WOW. - WE--WHAT WE CAN...

PRETTY MUCH ASSUME IS THAT, YOU KNOW,

HE--HE DRANK.

A LOT, AND UH-- - YEAH.

- AND, YOU KNOW, IT KILLED HIM, TO A DEGREE.

I MEAN, HE DIED, YOU KNOW,

PENNILESS, HOMELESS, AND FAMILY-LESS

AT 32 YEARS OLD.

- OH, WOW. - SEPARATED, HOMELESS.

- WOW, CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?

- OSTRACIZED FROM HIS CLOSEST FAMILY.

I FEEL IT IS A FORM OF CLOSURE, THIS JOURNEY,

TO RELAY THE INFORMATION TO MY DAD.

I MEAN, I GUESS I LIKE TO THINK

IT WOULD PROVIDE HIM WITH--WITH, UH,

PEACE OF MIND OR UNDERSTANDING

OR A CERTAIN COMPLETION

TOWARDS, UM, HIS OWN LIFE.

STANLEY SR. REFUSED TO LIVE WITH HIS FAMILY.

AND THEN YOU'RE LIKE, "WELL, GOD,

YOU KNOW, WHAT CAUSED THAT?"

YOU KNOW, NOT UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF FAMILY.

AND THEN YOU GET TO JOSEPH, AND JOSEPH NOT ONLY

PROVIDED FOR HIS FAMILY

BUT DIED WHILE WORKING.

- YEAH. - YOU KNOW, QUITE THE OPPOSITE.

QUITE THE OPPOSITE OF THE OTHER TWO.

- SO THEN JASON IS THE FIRST SUDEIKIS SON

TO HAVE HIS FATHER HERE. - YES.

I'M CERTAINLY PROUD AND, UH, VERY FORTUNATE

TO HAVE HAD A FATHER.

HE ALLOWED FOR ALL FOUR OF THE PEOPLE

IN HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY

TO LIVE A LIFE THAT ALLOWED THEM TO BE EXCELLENT.

AND, UH, I THINK THAT'S REALLY, REALLY AMAZING.

YOU KNOW, YOU LEARNED PARENTING ON THE FLY.

AT LEAST FATHERING.

- YEAH.

- YOU KNOW, AND YOU'VE TAKEN A LOT OF TIME,

OVER THESE LAST TEN YEARS TO SORT OF, LIKE,

APOLOGIZING TO ME, THINKING YOU DIDN'T DO ENOUGH.

- OH, YES. - OR WERE TOO HARD HERE.

YEAH, AT LEAST, I JUST--

IT, YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK YOU NEED TO DO THAT EVER AGAIN.

- [laughing] THAT'S GOOD TO KNOW.

- QUITE TOUCHING. MY GOSH.

- I THINK YOU SHOULD JUST, UH, YOU KNOW--

- THAT'S VERY NICE TO HEAR. THANKS.

- LOOK AT US AS YOUR TROPHY FAMILY

TOWARDS A LIFE WELL-LIVED.

THE PRESSURE THAT I FEEL NOW WITH THE, UH,

NOTION OF BEING RAISED SO WELL BY SUCH A GREAT DAD

WILL BE DESTROYED BY THE PRESSURE I FEEL

ONCE THERE REALLY IS A CHILD TO TAKE CARE OF.

NONE AS OF YET.

BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO THE STRESS,

IF ONLY BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE EFFORT YOU PUT INTO IT

IS INCREDIBLY REWARDING.

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