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Thread #75102   Message #1323271
Posted By: GUEST,julia
11-Nov-04 - 09:54 AM
Thread Name: Wee pen knife
Subject: RE: Wee pen knife
Thanks Nerd- that's good info.

My question is now "What kind of person would kill someone with a penknife."
If you were desperate and had nothing else at hand, that would be one reason. Several of these ballads, however, seem to be premeditated. The Cruel Mother, for instance, would have known she was going to give birth and one presumes would have made a plan long before the event. Then there are those songs where the killer lies in wait, usually men, whom one would suppose would at least have a small dagger (easily hidden) which would be much more effective. Maybe it's the blood thing as mentioned above- no muss, no fuss, no bother...One does have to get very close to the victim, however

Anyway, 't is a mystery