“Marian Parker (II)”


Marian Parker, "a sweet little darling," is "lured away from school" so that the kidnapper (unnamed) can demand a ransom. Her father finds her mangled body. The ballad concludes with moralizing stanzas


This is item dF56 in Laws's Appendix II. Laws lists a total of four Marian Parker ballads (the others are F33, dF57, and dE49, "Edward Hickman"). This one, with no details and an extremely sticky tone, begins "In a home out in Los Angeles Lived a sweet little darling so fair. 'Twas a pleasure her loved ones to be, But her loved ones her joy no more they'll share." - RBW

Historical references

  • Dec 14, 1927 - Kidnapping and murder of twelve (eleven?)-year-old Marian Parker
  • Dec 17, 1927 - Discovery by her father of the girl's mutilated body
  • Oct 19, 1928 - Execution of William Edward Hickman for the murder

Cross references


  • John McGhee, "The Marion Parker Murder" (Champion 15427=probably Gennett 6362)


  1. BrownII 255, "The Murder of Marian Parker" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4126
  3. BI, LdF56


Author: John McGhee?
Earliest date: 1939 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)