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

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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
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Karen L. Cox
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Language
eng
Summary
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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P@U
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1962-
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Cox, Karen L.
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6534.N28
LC item number
C69 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Merrill, Jennie
  • Dana, Dick
  • Dockery, Octavia
  • Dana, Dick
  • Dockery, Octavia
  • Merrill, Jennie
  • Murder
  • Judicial error
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Judicial error
  • Murder
  • Mississippi
  • TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
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Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South, Karen L. Cox
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not applicable
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource (227 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781469635040
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt1t8jv5h
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1001267632
  • (OCoLC)on1001267632
Label
Goat Castle : a true story of murder, race, and the gothic South, Karen L. Cox
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
1 online resource (227 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781469635040
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt1t8jv5h
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1001267632
  • (OCoLC)on1001267632

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