This is the creepiest murder ballad I have ever heard:
I think what is getting to me about it is the striking until the gore covers the ground.
And the tossing and turning of the murderer that night in bed.
The song just seems really intimate. More so than Tom Dula or Omie Wise or Rose Connelly, etc.
I think that what it is, is that in most of these, the killer comes clean and says “go hang me or kill me for I am the man” or otherwise indicates that they deserve to die. But in this one, it is kind of about the killer’s fear of dying. And he does not come clean about his guilt.