Thursday, July 28, 2016

Poems & Songs About Female Serial Killers


Barfield, Velma – Lumberton, North Carolina, USA – 1978

Jonathan Byrd’s song “Velma” from his Wildflowers album (2001, Waterbug Records) gives a personal account of the murders and investigation.

Bejarano, Guadalupe Martinez de – Mexico City, Mexico – 1892

Broadside ballad.

Brinvilliers, Marquise de – Paris, France  1676

Broadside ballad.

Chesham, Sarah – Clavering, near Chelmsford, England – 1847 

Broadside ballad. “Sarah Chesham’s Lamentation.” (also titled: “Execution of Sarah Chesham”)

“Copenhagen Baby Farm Couple” – Copenhagen, Denmark – 1860

Broadside ballad.

Compton, Mary, Mary Compton the Younger, Ann David – Poplar, London, England – 1693

Broadside ballad.

Cotton, Mary Ann – West Auckland, England – 1873

Anonymous nursery rhyme.

Dazley, Sarah – Bedford, England – 1843

Broadside ballad.

Gunness, Belle – LaPorte, Indiana, USA – 1908 

Anonymous song.

Jäger, Margarete (Jaeger, Joyer) – Mentz, Swabia (Germany) – 1835

Broadside ballad.

Ret, Marie – Paris, France – 1897

Poem by Aristide Bruant.

Sherman, Lydia – New Haven, Connecticut, USA – 1871

Popular poem. “Lydia Sherman is plagued with rats. …”

Weber, Jeanne – Paris, France – 1908

Broadside poem: “La grande complainte de Marius Réty”

Wilson, Catherine – London, England – 1862

Broadside ballad.

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