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Song Parodies -> "Down By the Bodom (Tribute to Children of Bodom)"

Original Song Title:

"Down By the River"

Original Performer:

Albert Hammond

Parody Song Title:

"Down By the Bodom (Tribute to Children of Bodom)"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

Lake Bodom is a large, extremely beautiful lake in the town of Espoo, Finland. In 1960 there happened a triple murder which remains even today unsolved and one of the grand murder mysteries of Finland. Three young campers were brutally murdered and fourth barely survived, critically wounded. The Finnish power metal band "Children of Bodom" has been named after the incident.
There's a murder mystery
in the Finnish history
It claimed the lives of youngsters three
Down by the Bodom

Four teenagers overnight
went camping as the nights were liight
Enjoy the Finnish summer night
Down by the Bodom

Down by the Bodom
Down by the Bodom
Enjoy the Finnish summer night
Down by the Bodom

Swimming, fishing, making food
Everything felt neat and good
Everyone was in happy mood
Down by the Bodom

It was time to hit the hay
in a tent in a cape near bay
Side by side those young folks lie
down by the Bodom

Down by the Bodom
Down by the Bodom
Silver fish lay on its side
Down by the Bodom

In the early morning night
A man came in and put up fight
He kicked in the tent outright
Down by the Bodom

Like a raging ape he struck
the youngsters in the tent were stuck
With knife and pipe and hammer he whacked
Down by the Bodom

Down by the Bodom
Down by the Bodom
With knife and pipe and hammer he whacked
Down by the Bodom

In the morning three were dead
fourth barely alive and struck on head
Murderer, he ran and fled
Down by the Bodom

Fifty-four years have passed by
No one knows who did and why
Those three kids, why they had to die
Down by the Bodom

Down by the Bodom
Down by the Bodom
Those three kids, why they had to die
Down by the Bodom

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Patrick - August 19, 2014 - Report this comment
This is what we call in USA a "Cold Case". The perpetrator must have been a loner who never told anyone what he did. I would never go into the woods without a gun. Not sure if that is allowed in Finland. I saw part of a movie "Friday 13th" on TV. Teenagers in resort cabins being stalked and viciously murdered one by one. This movie had numerous sequels. I remember talking to a flea market vendor named Bob Berdella in Kansas City, Missouri. He seemed a little strange, but I thought nothing of it. Berdella was later discovered to have lured at least six young men into his home where he tortured and killed them. A seventh man escaped and Berdella was sentenced to life in prison, a life which was conveniently ended with a "heart attack" soon after he was behind bars. While talking to my cousin the other day she told me that she knew Lowell Lee Andrews. He rode the same school bus in the late 1950's or early 60's. Andrews killed his parents and was hanged on November 30, 1962, my ninth birthday. I also met Terry Nichols at a gun show, and probably Timothy McVeigh. I like your use of "Down By The River". A favorite song of mine. I think I used it once for a song about gambling casinos.
Rob Arndt - August 19, 2014 - Report this comment
DKTOS and disturbing, but well-written, so 555!
Susanna Viljanen - August 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Usually in such cold cases the first suspect is the survivor(s). In the Lake Bodom case, the sole survivor was too badly wounded and in places where he could not have done it by himself, so he was exonerated from the suspects' list.

There are three main suspects: a well-known Espoo psychopath Pentti Soininen, who had been sentenced for several felonies and other crimes and who was irrationally violent especially when drunk and/or drugged; Valdemar Gyllström, a nearby kiosk-keeper, who was known as a violent man and who had attacked campers and squatters before, and Hans Assmann, a German-Finnish painter who was an amphetamine addict, former SS concentration camp guard and had been suspected also of several murders in Sweden and Germany. Assmann has later been revealed to have been a Soviet spy, and Lake Bodom is the main freshwater supply for Espoo. To add to the mystery, Assmann and Gyllström knew each other.

Unfortunately, all main suspects are dead. Soininen hanged himself in 1969, Gyllström was drowned in Bodom in 1969 and Assmann overdosed in 1997. Jorma Palo, the late Finnish Surgeon General, who treated the sole survivor on his wounds as a young doctor, considered Assmann as the most likely culprit.
Patrick - August 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Sounds like the suspects inflicted on themselves the justice the law wasn't able to deliver. No great loss to humanity, any one of them. A friend of mine who rents weapons and costumes to theatrical productions asked me to research the Kansas City Union Station Massacre of 1933. Five lawmen escorting an escaped gangster through the train station were ambushed by mob gunmen and all but one were killed or wounded. I have two books on the subject and have seen several movies in which this event is depicted. No two renditions are the same. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover ignored or planted evidence to frame Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd and Adam Richetti for the killings. Floyd was shot by an FBI agent after being wounded while running from police. Richetti was sent to the Missouri gas chamber in 1938. The key evidence was a fingerprint planted by the FBI on a beer bottle and the testimony of a witness whose identification of Richetti was also proven to be a mistake. Floyd and Richetti deserved what they got, but the law was certainly stretched or broken to get there.
Meriadoc - August 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Susan - I do know the OS, so had to read this although I am not familiar with the incident. Very dark, sad theme to such a bouncy song, although the theme of the OS was a tad dark too. Made for an interesting juxtaposition.
Peregrin - August 23, 2014 - Report this comment
Hi Susannah. I also know the song, was a bit hit in Australia in the early 70s. A favourite of mine. A disturbing tale as others have already noted, but a good choice of OS to use nonetheless.
Susanna Viljanen - August 27, 2014 - Report this comment
This song is even today extremely popular in Finland, although its Finnish version, "Varrella virran" by Kiril Babitzin. It is almost verbatim translation of the original.
Alpha Skua - August 15, 2023 - Report this comment
Everyone knows the Butler did it its always the Butler who dose it or many its Professor Plum in the Kitchen with Lead Pipe

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