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Friday, January 09, 2009

William Zantzinger, the villan of Bob Dylan's "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll", died January 3, 2009. He was 69 years old. I'd known the song for years (it's on "The Times They Are A Changin") before I learned that it was about a contemporary event-- servants being beaten to death by canes just didn't sound like a 1963 sort of event. Even though the point of the song is that he got off light, I'm not so sure you can say that. He'll be remembered as the Grade A son-of-a-bitch that he was throughout his life, and he had to go through the years after his crime knowing that. (Via Metafilter.)

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