“Ballad of the Braswell Boys”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Keywords: homicide trial execution burial
Found in: US(Ap)


The Braswell Boys have been sentenced to death for murder. They attempt to escape from prison, but are captured. At the scaffold, among prayers and sad relatives, they confess to the crime. They are executed and buried

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  1. McNeil-SFB1, pp. 48-52, "The Ballad of the Braswell Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Burt, pp. 204-206, "(The Braswell Boys)" (1 excerpted text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4772
  4. BI, MN1048