Friday, April 01, 2016

The Real Story Behind "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll"

In 1963 Billy Zantzinger arrived at the Spinsters Ball at the Emerson Hotel in Baltimore. He was drunk and abusive and demanded a drink from bartender Hattie Carroll. When she didn’t respond as quickly as Zantzinger wanted he called her racist names and hit her with his cane. Carroll later died of a stroke and Zantzinger was charged with manslaughter and received a six month sentence, a mere slap on the wrist.

Bob Dylan recorded a song about the incident:

Read the full story behind the song here

Via Miss Cellania

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