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The Wild Man, The Goat Woman & the Mississippi Miser

Southerners didn’t write the book on eccentricity, but we’ve certainly supplied literature with more than our share of audacious characters and plots. From the Lesters of Tobacco Road and Boo Radley, to Ignatius J. Reilly and the denizens of Yoknapatawpha County, Dixie has produced a bumper crop of picaresque folk. Fiction, however, rarely eclipses fact. The real-life 1932 Goat Castle Murder in Natchez, Mississippi, was the perfect paradigm, screwy and sensational enough to demand, for the first time in American history, two special tourist trains to a crime scene. It seemed few could resist murder mixed with madness, wealth, incest and dizzying falls from grace, not to mention the quirky charms of the Wild Man, the Goat Woman and the Mississippi Miser, plus a...

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Tragedy In Spades

Of all Natchez, Mississippi’s grand suburban villas, Glenwood surely suffered the longest, fell furthest from grace and died the most shameful death. The poor, unwelcome bastard had finally left the family reunion. –The Goat Castle Murder Built in 1841 and surrounded by 45 forested acres, Glenwood was a capacious, columned affair with a two-storied veranda and graceful parapets. Not one of Natchez’s more grandiose suburban villas, its simple charms nevertheless convinced the Reverend Charles Bacchus Dana to purchase the house in 1866. A Northerner with imposing bloodlines, he was related to Charles A. Dana, Editor of the New York Sun, and Richard Henry Dana, famed maritime attorney and author of the best-selling Two Years Before the Mast. Dana and his wife...

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Hiding In Plain Sight

Among New Orleans’s more elegant and enigmatic homes is the Luling Mansion on Esplanade Ridge. Completed in 1865, the last year of the Civil War, and deeply touched by tragedy, it emanates mystery in a city celebrated for ghosts, vampires and other things that go bump in the night. Stashed on Leda Court, a half block off busy Esplanade Avenue, the house is easily missed unless you’re looking for it. This was hardly the case in its mid-nineteenth century heyday when it was showcased on eighty acres alongside Bayou St. John. Designed by legendary New Orleans architect James Gallier, Jr. for Florence Luling, a wealthy German cotton merchant, the plastered brick structure was three-and-a half stories of Italianate opulence taking two years to build. It topped a...

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