adapted by George Harland 1986
pictures by Rowan Barnes-Murphy
Captain Murderer is accepted in the best society, where he picks out pretty young women to marry. But after their wedding he asks them to bake a pie crust which he then fills with their decapitated, chopped up body parts (I should have warned you how gory it is). When he woos a pair of sisters, he finally meets his demise (though not at all how Madeleine and I expected).
Captain Murderer! He must have been an offshoot of the Bluebeard family, though I had no idea of that relationship in those days. Captain Murderer's mission in life was matrimony and the gratification of a cannibal appetite with tender young brides...
He would take out a golden rolling pin and a silver pie board. Now, there was this special feature about the Captain's courtships, dear. He would always ask if the young lady could make pie crust.
The lovely young bride saw this, dear, and she said, "Dear Captain Murderer, what is this pie to be?"
"A meat pie!"
"But dear Captain Murderer, I see no meat."
"Look in the mirror!"