No fortune in my fame: “The Nameless Murderess”

The Once (promotional image, photo credit: Renita Fillatre)

  One, two, three,    can we play the game Of the murderess    who had no name? Lucifer was waiting,    but Saint Francis came And said her name is    nowhere on your deeds So she will come to heaven    now with me.     We have a “whodunit?” of a particular stripe … → 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