From The CNN Of The 17th Century To Country Hits, Murder Ballads Won't DieWe're kicking off a week-long series of features on murder ballads. Inspired by recent hits, will look at the poem-cum-song's evolutions in country music, its uses as a tool to raise social consciousness around race issues, as a storytelling device in rap, and the recent turning-of-the-tables to songs sung about vengeful women. Check back every day for a new dive into the dark corners of murder ballads.

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