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The ballad of Emma Hartsell is based on the girl’s murder. At the age of 12 in 1898, Emma Hartsell was left home to care for her sick brother; by the time the family returned, Emma had been murdered. The cause and true events of her murder remain a mystery, but two men were found and hanged for the crime. The song in its entirety is included.