Monday, October 16, 2017

Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South by Karen L. Cox



This is a true story. It involves some sticky situations. There is murder, racism, and mental illness as the top subjects of the book.

The story takes place in the deep south in Natchez, Mississippi in 1932. Racism was rampant then and there. The key players are Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery. To me they are a lot crazy, the book calls them eccentric. They convince George Pearls to help them rob a neighbor Jennie Merrill. During the robbery Ms Merrill is killed.

Before the case could come to trial George Pearls is killed by an Arkansas Police officer in an unrelated incident. But the people would not let the case rest. They wanted someone to pay for the crime. Instead of going for Richard Dana and Octavia Dockery they somehow decided to pin it on an innocent black woman Emily Burns. Emily was sent to prison and Richard and Octavia were never charged.

This is a heck of a story. It is very well researched and has plenty of historical background.

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