"He stabbed her with a corn knife / That's how his crimes begin."
April 9, 2020 7:29 AM   Subscribe

"He stabbed her with a corn knife / That's how his crimes begin."
I've been writing about murder ballads on PlanetSlade for a while now, but this essay's a little different. It's all about the 1893 murders of the Wratten family in Daviess County, Indiana. You may recall the folk song about these killings being used in the final episode of The Haunting of Hill House, where Poppy Hill's ghost recites its lyrics to a terrified Hugh. PlanetSlade's research into the real killings behind this song began with a couple of readers letters, sparked a full-blown investigation on Matt Aukamp's Every Folk Song podcast and has now produceded a new PlanetSlade essay. To unravel it all in some kind of logical order, start here.

Metafilter's carried threads about my murder ballads work before. Here's a few examples.
Role: Researcher/writer/publisher
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