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Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South

Author: Karen L Cox
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
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In 1932, the city of Natchez, Mississippi, reckoned with an unexpected influx of journalists and tourists as the lurid story of a local murder was splashed across headlines nationwide. Two eccentrics, Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery--known in the press as the "Wild Man" and the "Goat Woman"--Enlisted an African American man named George Pearls to rob their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Merrill, at her estate. During  Read more...
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Cox, Karen L., 1962-
Goat Castle.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2017013168
(OCoLC)975491101
Named Person: Jennie Merrill; Dick Dana; Octavia Dockery; Dick Dana; Octavia Dockery; Jennie Merrill
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karen L Cox
ISBN: 9781469635040 1469635046 9781469635057 1469635054
OCLC Number: 1001267632
Description: 1 online resource (227 pages)
Contents: Reclusive aristocrats --
The residents of Glenwood --
Pink and Sister --
Murder at Glenburnie --
The investigation --
Jim Crow's investigation --
National scandal --
Sideshows --
Cold justice --
Hollow victory --
Longing for home.
Responsibility: Karen L. Cox.

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In 1932, the city of Natchez, Mississippi, reckoned with an unexpected influx of journalists and tourists as the lurid story of a local murder was splashed across headlines nationwide. Two eccentrics, Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery--known in the press as the "Wild Man" and the "Goat Woman"--Enlisted an African American man named George Pearls to rob their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Merrill, at her estate. During the attempted robbery, Merrill was shot and killed. The crime drew national coverage when it came to light that Dana and Dockery, the alleged murderers, shared their huge, decaying antebellum mansion with their goats and other livestock, which prompted journalists to call the estate "Goat Castle." Pearls was killed by an Arkansas policeman in an unrelated incident before he could face trial. However, as was all too typical in the Jim Crow South, the white community demanded "justice," and an innocent black woman named Emily Burns was ultimately sent to prison for the murder of Merrill. Dana and Dockery not only avoided punishment but also lived to profit from the notoriety of the murder by opening their derelict home to tourists. Strange, fascinating, and sobering, Goat Castle tells the story of this local feud, killing, investigation, and trial, showing how a true crime tale of fallen southern grandeur and murder obscured an all too familiar story of racial injustice.

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