Occasional Papers in Folklore: Number Two, by John Garst. Paperback, 38 pages.
First found in Georgia at the beginning of the nineteenth century, in the Bahamas in the 1920's and 1950's, and popularized during the folk revival of the 1960's, variations of the song "Delia's Gone" have been in circulation for over a century. The murder of an obscure woman has been celebrated by bluesmen, country singers and folk singers across North America. But less well known is the fact that Delia was a real person. Here, for the first time, John Garth presents the full story of the crime behind the song.