Friday, January 9, 2009


William Zantzinger, the rich Maryland tobacco farmer who beat black bar maid Hattie Carroll to death with a cane has just died at the age of 69. According to the New York Times, Zantzinger struck her with a cane because she wasn't serving him drinks fast enough.

The well-connected man got off with a lenient sentence--only six months in prison--and that injustice inspired a young Bob Dylan to write the powerful ballad “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.”

Read the original news story HERE. Warning, contains violence and a racial epithet.

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