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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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(p.169) Epilogue
Goat Castle

Karen L. Cox

University of North Carolina Press

The epilogue describes what happened to Natchez and to the remaining principals of the case in the years following the trial and conviction of Emily Burns. It explains how Duncan Minor, who inherited Jennie Merrill’s estate, fended off a lawsuit by Nellie Grist who claimed she was Jennie’s daughter. It describes the continuing fascination with Goat Castle in the press and from tourists, and how Octavia Dockery fought off eviction notices, allowing her and Dick Dana to remain at Glenwood until his death and then her own. Lastly, the chapter highlights the return of Emily/Sister to Natchez where she became one of the town’s dressmakers and returned to her home church Antioch Baptist. She remarried and became a mother of the church there and died in 1969.

Keywords:   Natchez, Duncan Minor, Nellie Grist, Tourism, Eviction, Antioch Baptist, Dick Dana, Octavia Dockery, Emily/sister

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