Black River Killer's first kill

fabarmadillo 1/16/23
I'm curious how all of you folks interpret the first verse of Black River Killer. Because the narrator never tells us whether or not he committed the first crime. So, do you think he did kill her and was always simply driven to murder? Or, do you think he was falsely accused, and the rest of the murders are for revenge?

Edit: I should probably give context for why I'm asking this. It's because, for a decade, I just assumed he had killed her. Then I took BRK to a voice lesson, and when I tried singing it as the character, I realized he probably didn't. Has anyone else really thought about this??? It's wild, because it changes the narrator's motivations for the entire story. Which is something I think about a lot as a singer. (I have no idea what Eric actually intended.)

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