Music To Kill By

No, I’m not going to post Marilyn Manson or Gwar lyrics. What you’ll find in this post are some “cute” little songs made up about certain murderers. We haven’t always had the newspapers and internet to help us tell and spread news. Many years ago they instead would make up little songs to help spread news. How many of us can remember the lyrics to a song but can’t remember what we did 2 days ago? See my point? Here are just a few songs that I’ve found:

Emma Pitt:
This Emma Pitt was a schoolmistress
Her child she killed we see,
Oh mothers, did you ever hear,
Of such barbarity

With a large flint stone she beat its head
When such cruelty she’d done
From the tender roof of the infant’s mouth
She cut away its tongue

Belle Gunness:
Belle Gunness was a lady fair,
In Indiana State.
She weighed about three hundred pounds,
and that is quite some weight

That she was stronger than a man
Her neighbors all did own
She butchered hogs right easily
And did it all alone.

But hogs were just a sideline
She indulged in now and then
Her favorite occupation
Was-a-butchering of men.

Lizzie Borden:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

Isn’t it interesting how it seems they mostly made up little songs for women killers?

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~ by B on July 12, 2006.

6 Responses to “Music To Kill By”

  1. Amazing idea for a blog! Reading up on serial killers is, well, kind of a hobby of mine. You probably know of Albert Fish, an American cannibal and serial killer who preyed on children. At some point he wrote a letter to one of his victim’s mothers. I just thought it was extraordinarily creepy. His insight is simply disturbing:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish#The_letter

    Keep up the writing, please. 🙂

  2. I had thought of it, but yes — It is interesting that songs are about women killing. I guess, and even today, we are starled that women kill in such away. In a true sense, women are the propagator of the species, they are the creation of life embodied, while men are preceived as the destroyer of it. So, when we hear of a woman that a commits a heinous acts, such as Susan Smith drowning her children, or Texas mother cutting off her children arms, were startled. Shocked. Dismayed! Some of us ask the question of why? It doesnt matter what generation you may have lived in, these seemingly violents acts by women shake our fundamental view of the provider of life…..
    ~gks

  3. Perhaps you’ve heard of Nick Cave? He made a WHOLE album called Murder Ballads. The big hit off that album was “Where the Wild Roses Grow,” done with Kylie Minogue.

    The video for that song is here.

    Although, I just realized, that’s all about murders, and not necessarily serial killers.

    Then there’s also the White Stripes song “Jack the Ripper.” They do it on a live DVD we have.

  4. Interesting twist on blogging. Definitely an area I love reading about so it was quite good to come across this blog.

    Amazing how these songs can really give you a mental image. They definitely stick. I ahve a bad memory but always remember a song, just like you said in this post.

    Perhaps sometime you could do a post about Martin Bryant (Port Arthur Massacre, Australia). He wasn’t a serial killer but a mass murderer. I still remember when it happened.

    http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/mass/bryant/index_1.html

  5. Just passign by. Nice blog spent some time and agree with alot :). Happy new year
    J

  6. Thanks for sharing this information. Really is pack with new knowledge. Keep them coming.

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