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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 Dockeryknown 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....

Title : Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South
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ISBN : 1469635038
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : The University of North Carolina Press October 9, 2017
Number of Pages : 240 pages
File Size : 788 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South Reviews

  • C. Denver Mullican
    2019-03-12 14:08

    A great read - finished it in two nights. A commentary as much on the United States fascination with the South as the machinations of impoverished southern gentry - and those who claimed to be.

  • P. Robertson
    2019-03-07 16:07

    I enjoyed this book. Maybe because I grew up very close to Natchez. I had heard of the Goat Castle all my life. Karen Cox made the book very interesting.

  • T Sue
    2019-03-14 16:39

    The title got me when I heard a review on UNC TV... Old South, murder and true. Well written and enlightening about this period of time and mindsets of all involved.

  • Karen
    2019-02-20 17:00

    Great book -- should be a movie. Well read by the narrator, too.

  • Dr.Bernadette E. Sherman
    2019-03-09 13:40

    It was an excellent murder mystery

  • MikDub
    2019-02-26 21:03

    interesting but not much to it

  • sangabriel
    2019-03-17 14:40

    I was intrigued by the strange title but disappointed to learn it's just another story about Mississippi racism. I agree with another reviewer about the repetitive use of "Jim Crow" and that the book is well-researched. The footnotes make up more than a third of the book, which makes it a very short and pricey e-book.

  • Janet Cousineau
    2019-03-14 16:43

    I don't normally state what a book is about when I review it as the title and cover of non-fiction books generally state what the book is about. Here we go.