“Grace Brown and Chester Gillette”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Keywords: homicide execution grief
Found in: US(MA)


Gillette is awaiting execution for drowning his sweetheart on a boating excursion. The singer mentions the grief of the mothers


This murder also provided the model for Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy" - RBW

Historical references


  1. Laws F7, "Grace Brown and Chester Gillette"
  2. Burt, pp. 32-34, "The Murder of Grace Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT 809, GRACBRWN
  4. Roud #2256
  5. BI, LF07