“William Beadle”


"A bloody scene I'll now relate Which lately happen'd in a neib'ring state, A murder of the deepest dye, I say...." Beadle "slew Himself, his consort, and his offspring too." The singer laments that such things can happen and hopes for a better day


This appears to be simply a broadside, with no hold on tradition (it's lousy poetry), and it doesn't really include enough specific data to identify it with certainty with the case of William Beadle -- but Burt's notes imply that this was clear from the overall presentation of the broadsheet. - RBW

Historical references

  • Dec. 11, 1782 - William Beadle kills his wife, his children, and himself

Cross references


  1. Burt, pp. 6-7, "(William Beadle)" (1 text)
  2. BI, Burt006


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Found in: US