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The Tradition of Murder Ballads in Finland

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Antti Isotalo and Antti Rannanjärvi, infamous 19th century criminals (Photo: kimmopohjonen.com)

With all the bleak and unsettling news happening around the globe, it could seem in bad taste for us to talk about murder ballads.

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But bear with us.

You see, in Finland, there's a long tradition of singing about murders.

And a Finnish duo calling itself "Murder Ballads" recently recorded a CD full of songs about murder.

Kimmo Pohjonen remembers singing some of these songs when he was a young boy. He says "it's a funny thing that even children would sing these horrible songs."

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