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The winter/spring issue of the North Carolina Folklore Journal contains folklore and historical materials dealing with aspects of the documentary film \"The Ballad of Frankie Silver.\" Frankie Silver was executed on July 12, 1833, and is the only woman ever hanged in Burke County.
The story of Frances Silver is retold along with a reprint of a ballad composed by Silver while in jail for murder. Silver lived near Burke with her husband and child, and while her husband lay sleeping on the floor, she used an ax to murder him, burning his body to hide the evidence. Silver was convicted and hanged on July 12, 1833.
Ballad 301 in the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina folklore concerns Frankie Silver, who murdered her husband just before Christmas in 1831, burned the corpse, suggested that he drowned but was found guilty and hung in 1832. Her ballad is one she is reputed to have composed by way of confession and sung from the scaffold.