From Richard Dadd to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Remembering Crazy Jane

This week’s diversion is a tete a tete with Crazy Jane, an old folk witch who we can find in a Van Morrison song, a Grant Morrison comic, in poems by W B Yeats and Amiri Baraka, in Nick Cave and Skip James murder ballads and even in modern TV series like the brilliant Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (it’s a little more nuanced that that…)

Crazy Jane is the subject of a portrait by a Victorian murderer locked away in a lunatic asylum for most of his life, and is a victim and a confidence trickster both, a temptress and a madwoman – Ophelia underwater and Hamlet with his sword.

She’s weird and strange and she’s everywhere, so you’ve probably already met her…

Hello, Jane…

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