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Goat CastleA True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South$
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Karen L. Cox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635033

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.001.0001

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The Investigation

The Investigation

(p.73) Chapter Five The Investigation
Goat Castle

Karen L. Cox

University of North Carolina Press

Sheriff Clarence “Book” Roberts is fully introduced. He is in charge of the investigation and his work begins by calling for bloodhounds, scouring Glenburnie, and then going to speak with Dick Dana and Octavia Dockery. He’ll also arrest other whites as well as local blacks for questioning. He invites fingerprint expert, James Chancellor, to collect prints from Glenburnie. Soon, he invites Maurice O’Neill, chief detective from New Orleans Police Department to assist as the crime starts to get national attention. Dana and Dockery are charged with murder after their fingerprints were found inside Merrill’s home. Yet after ten days, the pair will be allowed to return home on their own recognizance to await the November grand jury. Merrill is buried and her cousin Duncan Minor speaks of a “strange negro” in Natchez.

Keywords:   Clarence “Book” Roberts, Murder investigation, Dick Dana, Octavia Dockery, Glenburnie, Fingerprint analysis, James Chancellor, Maurice O’Neill, Duncan Minor

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