“The Murder of Sarah Vail”


John Monroe, a married man with two children, seduces Sarah Vail, who bears him a child. He takes woman and child on a trip, murders them, and hides their bodies. When his crime is discovered, he is hanged

Historical references

  • Oct 31, 1868 - Murder of Sarah Vail and her child
  • Feb 1870 - Hanging of John Monroe


  1. Laws F9, "The Murder of Sarah Vail"
  2. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 89, "Munro's Confession" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT 760, SARAVAIL
  4. Roud #2258
  5. BI, LF09


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1960 (Creighton-SNewBrunswick)
Found in: US(NE) Canada(Mar)