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: