“Edward Hickman (Marian Parker IV)”

Author: Andrew Jenkins
Earliest date: 1928 (recording, Andrew Jenkins)
Keywords: homicide execution trial abduction mother
Found in: US(SE)


Hickman kidnaps Marian Parker, hoping to gain a ransom. After briefly treating her well, he kills her and flees. At last captured, he is tried and sentenced to be hanged. His mother laments his fate


This is item dE49 in Laws's Appendix II. Laws lists a total of four Marian Parker ballads (the others are F33, dF56, and dF57). This, one of two by Andrew Jenkins and appearing in the Brown collection, has the opening stanza, "Oh, come all ye good people And listen while I tell The fate of Edward Hickman, A boy we all know well." - RBW

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  1. BrownII 257, "Edward Hickman" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4106
  3. BI, LdE49