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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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Jim Crow’s Investigation

Jim Crow’s Investigation

(p.87) Chapter Six Jim Crow’s Investigation
Goat Castle

Karen L. Cox

University of North Carolina Press

Maurice O’Neill’s arrival sends the investigation into the black community after Minor’s “strange negro” reference. Local blacks are rounded up and the name Lawrence Williams emerges. Separately, a black man is shot and killed in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His name is George Pearls and the police chief in Pine Bluff thought he might be the person to have killed Merrill. Book Roberts initially disregards the call. The investigation continues until someone tips Roberts off that a man named Williams was staying with Emily Burns and her mother Nellie Black. Deputies go to their home, find Williams trunk, and discover papers with the name George Pearls. Pearls/Williams are the same person. Emily is arrested alongside her mother. Emily is browbeaten and threatened with being whipped before she offers a “confession.” She remained in jail without an attorney. Her only visitor, her minister from Antioch Baptist Church, Charles Anderson.

Keywords:   Maurice O’Neill, Lawrence Williams, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, George Pearls, Antioch Baptist Church, Charles Anderson, Emily Burns, Confession, Book Roberts

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