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Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South

Karen L. Cox


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 Dockery—known 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 ant ... More

Keywords: Natchez, Mississippi, True crime, Southern gothic, Race relations, Murder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635033
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen L. Cox, author
University of North Carolina, Charlotte