… The boys were headed for a large oak tree situated along the fence line about halfway up the slope toward the woods. The “watching tree,” they called it, because much of the year they could climb into the
Whether pilfered from the cookie jar or bought on Court Day with earned money, ginger cakes are Manny and Swope’s favorite treat in The Peacemakers. Gingerbread cookies and ginger cakes are a popular treat in many households during the
Shall Will Shakespeare equivocate or to his own self be true? AthensWest Theatre Company’s production (directed by Jerre Dye) of “Equivocation” by Bill Cain opened February 9th, 2018, at the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center in Lexington, Kentucky. “Equivocation”
Inside and Outside the Cover: Was there a connection between New York’s adoption of “death by electrocution” and William Howe’s defense of “Handsome” Harry Carlton?
In Gaslight Lawyers I include a discussion of the case of “Handsome Harry” Carlton. Richard Rovere, who wrote a book about the firm of Howe and Hummel, told of William F. ("Big Bill") Howe’s argument on Harry’s behalf that
When I did a CrimeSong presentation in June 2017 at the Washington County Public Library, in Abingdon, Virginia, as a part of the 2017 Mountains of Music Homecoming festival and the Washington County Public Library Summer Reads program, one
In CrimeSong, Chapter Two, "Real Murdered Girls," I briefly discuss an obscure Cajun tune called “Belair Cove” ("Lanse Des Belaires"). In discussing it, I got off on a tangent and mentioned the fact that the branch of the mulberry tree contains
The true crime story behind the American ballad more commonly known as Frankie and Johnny is included in CrimeSong, chapter two, The Girls Fight Back, “Frankie Baker (Frankie and Albert) or Frankie and Johnny.” There are hundreds of versions of
"It was not a happy state of affairs, and one night in July 1929 the neighbors heard a shot and found Marvin dead in his bed with a revolver near by." CrimeSong: True Stories From Southern Murder Ballads, "Pearl Drew," p.
Have you ever feared being buried alive? Having your body snatched from the underground? Becoming one of the walking dead? Two nineteenth century themes were fear of premature burial (taphephobia), if you are buried alive; This is a safety
Have you been introduced to the stories of Manly Wade Wellman? In my book CrimeSong I discuss the famous “Omie Wise” ballad (you can hear Julie Nelms, Berea College senior perform "Omie Wise" in the video at the end of this post), and I