The Crooked Man (UN-C-1732)
1.The story of Burlington Tempest's sudden rise to fame & fortune and eventual murder at the hands of his wife and the convicted murder Fred Gleason is recorded in a well-known nursery rhyme. The second verse, shown below, is now rarely used.
There was a crooked man
Who walked a crooked mile
He found a crooked sixpence
Against a crooked stile
He had a crooked cat
Who caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together
In a little crooked house

There was a crooked man
He wed a crooked bride
Kept always the crooked sixpence
By his crooked side
Met another crooked man
Who favoured the crooked wife
And they both did away
with his crooked crooked life