Tuesday Tales, Part III: The Shankill Butchers

The Shankill Butchers. The Shankill Butchers were a group of three peasant siblings—Leon, Rowen, and Erik Shankill—born and bred in Stemma. Rowen and Erik excelled at fighting, each favoring blades, while Leon pursued the shaman profession. As they grew older, they turned to banditry to make a living. Their signature trademark was to kidnap children, who were easy targets, and cut their throats; Leon would then raise the bodies as undead servants and send them to raid their own homes. For more than five years, the Shankill siblings—quickly becoming known as the “Shankill Butchers”—terrorized villages in the area where Stemma, Hawksworth, and Blacknall intersect. Finally, their hideout was located and the bandits executed. Over time, they have become legends; parents often warn their children to behave, lest the Shankill Butchers come after them. There is a popular folksong to this effect, by the name of “Shankill Butchers.”

[See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLY0HNds_tE All credit for the song “The Shankill Butchers” goes to the Decemberists.]