“Ewing Brooks (Maxwell's Doom)”


The singer, Ewing Brooks, departs England and assumes the name [Walter] Maxwell in America. He murders a man out of petty jealousy, then flees west, ending in New Zealand. Extradited to the U.S., he is condemned to die despite his family's plea

Historical references

  • 1885 - Hugh M. Brooks, who used the name Walter Lennox Maxwell, murders Charles Arthur Preller
  • Aug 10, 1888 - Execution of Brooks (apprehended after fleeing to New Zealand)

Cross references


  1. Laws E12, "Ewing Brooks (Maxwell's Doom)"
  2. Belden, pp. 413-415, "Maxwell's Doom" (2 texts)
  3. Randolph 156, "Ewing Brooks" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 148-151, "Ewing Brooks" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's )
  5. DT 690, EWNGBROK
  6. Roud #890
  7. BI, LE12


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)