A Warning Take by Me

This is the second post on “Maria Marten” and other songs inspired by the Red Barn Murder in Polstead, England in 1827. The first is here. The third is here. It is time for my confession.  Don’t worry. It’s nowhere near as exciting as William Corder’s. As I’ve been working through “Maria … → read more

Murder of Maria Marten/The Red Barn Murder

This is the first of three posts about songs more or less related to the infamous Red Barn Murder in Polstead, England in 1827. This post introduces the song and the background story. The next post explores the song’s “career.” The third discusses Tom Waits’s “Murder in the Red Barn.” … → read more