Morning Edition, November 24, 2004
Revisiting the Ballad 'Frankie and Johnny'

"Frankie and Johnny" is a classic American ballad about a woman who shoots her lover for cheating. It's based on a true story and has been rewritten by countless writers and recorded by dozens of performers. Novelist Cecil Brown wrote an essay about the song for the new book The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad. Hear Brown and NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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May 27, 2007
Dark Destinations: Frankie and Johnny Apartment

The True Story: There are actually several counts of what transpired in the apartment on October 16, 1899. Of all the facts available, a couple things are clear. Frankie Baker fired one shot (not stabbed as some stories have it) that mortally wounded Allen Britt and he died three days later at St. Louis' City Hospital. Whether it occurred over another an affair that Britt was having with a girl named Alice Pryor or Nellie Blye is debatable.

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