The Strange South: Episode 20

Episode 20: The Crossroads & Robert Johnson / The Ghost that Convicted Her Killer

Bartender Courtney creates an amazing cucumber mint martini, and Patrice & Marleah talk Robert Johnson blues, nation sacks, George Burns, crossroads, “everlasting faints,” exhumations and badass mama bears.

The Crossroads & Robert Johnson //

“Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American blues singer, songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson’s poorly documented life and death have given rise to much legend. The one most closely associated with his life is that he sold his soul to the devil at a local crossroads to achieve musical success. He is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly as a progenitor of the Delta blues style.”

Netflix 2019 Documentary: Devil at the Crossroads

The Ghost that Convicted Her Killer //

Zona Heaster Shue was found dead in her West Virginia home in 1897, her cause of death listed as “everlasting faint.” But after Zona visited her mother from beyond the grave, Mary Jane Heaster pushed an investigation that led to the only murder conviction ever influenced by the testimony of the victim’s ghost.



Courtney’s Cucumber Mint Vodka Martini

  • Ketel One Cucumber Mint
  • Vermouth
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Mint Leaves
  1. Muddle Ketel One Cucumber Mint with fresh cucumber and mint leaves
  2. Shake with ice
  3. Served in a chilled glass
  4. Add a splash of vermouth
  5. Top with a cucumber slice and mint leaf for garnish


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