The Goat Castle Murder

The Goat Castle Murder

by Michael Llewellyn

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Before the television age, when "crime of the century" meant something, the public was unduly fascinated by murder. This was especially true during the Great Depression, when Americans were desperate for escapist fare. The more bizarre or glamorous the crime, the greater their fascination, and few intrigued them more than the events of August 4, 1932 in Natchez, Mississippi. The brutal shooting of spinster recluse Jennie Surget Merrill grabbed instant headlines with tales of fabulous wealth, beautiful women, European royalty, Southern aristocracy, a U.S. President and the Confederate President, army generals and ambassadors, not to mention madness, incest, racism, bitter internecine feuds, vertiginous falls from grace and eccentricity in spades. The case became known as the Goat Castle Murder.

Michael Llewellyn has taken the known facts of the case, breathed life into these eccentric Southerners, and created a fascinating novel, The Goat Castle Murder.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157589806
Publisher: Water Street Press
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 1,047,944
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Michael Llewellyn, the author of twenty published novels in a variety of genres, says The Goat Castle Murder was his most challenging book yet. “The details of the murder, trial and aftermath are as factual as I could make them, but with information on the private lives of Jennie Merrill and her circle often embellished or contradictory, the events leading up to that fateful August night in 1932 had to be fictionalized.” Michael is married and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He invites you to visit his website at

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