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The Resource Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South, Karen L. Cox

Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South, Karen L. Cox

Label
Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South
Title
Goat Castle
Title remainder
a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South
Statement of responsibility
Karen L. Cox
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 1932, Natchez, Mississippi, reckoned with an 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 robbery, Merrill was shot and killed. The crime drew national coverage when it came to light that Dana and Dockery, 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
Cataloging source
NcU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cox, Karen L.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Merrill, Jennie
  • Dana, Dick
  • Dockery, Octavia
  • Murder
  • Judicial error
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
Label
Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South, Karen L. Cox
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn975491101
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781469635033
Lccn
2017013168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)975491101
Label
Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South, Karen L. Cox
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn975491101
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781469635033
Lccn
2017013168
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)975491101

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