DESCRIPTION: "Yes, Troy City was crowded On Independence Day All listening to the verdict of Bat Shay." "Do not electrocute Bat Say, The weeping neighbors said; It would break his mother's heart And kill his poor old dad." (Shay is condemned even so.)
AUTHOR: Tom Harrington ?
EARLIEST DATE: 1958 (Burt-AmericanMurderBallads)
KEYWORDS: homicide political punishment execution
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Burt-AmericanMurderBallads, p. 240, (no title) (1 fragment)
NOTES [37 words]: Reportedly based on an election brawl in 1894, in which Robert Ross was killed. Burt-AmericanMurderBallads reports that no one really knows who fired the fatal shot, but Bartholomew Shay was the one tried and punished. - RBW
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