Stagger Lee
The legend of Stagger Lee is based on a real event that happened in St. Louis over 100 years ago. The story has become a part of American Folklore. A number of retellings of the story are available on the web. "The Story of Stagger Lee" Comic book
The whole story

The Early Blues Website
A mailing list posting that offers a good, quick overview of the story

Stagger Lee Graphic Novel The Stagger Lee Files