Hattie Carroll was a 51-year-old mother of eleven children who worked on the kitchen staff at the Emerson Hotel.
Late on the night of February 9, 1963, Carroll was working the white-tie Spinster’s Ball when William Devereux “Billy” Zantzinger arrived to the soiree already drunken and boisterous. The 24-year-old Zantzinger was a scion of a wealthy Charles County tobacco-farming family.
By all accounts, Zantzinger assaulted at least three workers at the Emerson Hotel and the Eager House restaurant with a toy cane. At the Spinster’s Ball, Zantzinger struck a 30-year-old waitress with the cane and called her “nigger,” causing her to flee in tears.
Moments later, angry that Carroll did not serve his bourbon quickly enough, Zantzinger struck her across the shoulder and head with his cane, calling her “nigger” and “black son of a bitch.” Zantzinger then attacked his then-wife, Jane, knocking her to the ground.
Carroll told co-workers, “I feel deathly ill, that man has upset me so,” and collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital and died eight hours later. Her autopsy showed hardening of the arteries, an enlarged heart and high blood pressure. The cause of death was identified as brain hemorrhage.
Zantzinger was arrested for disorderly conduct after the ball, and charged with murder after Carroll’s death the next day. A team of pricey lawyers were hired, who won a change of venue to move the trial to Hagerstown. A three-judge panel reduced the charge from murder to manslaughter.
After a three-day trial in August, Zantzinger was found guilty and fined $125 for assaulting hotel employees and sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 for the death of Carroll. The court deferred Zantzinger’s jail sentence until September 15 to allow him to harvest his tobacco crop.
Bob Dylan (who. since Whites usually ignore Black voices, is responsible for bringing many Black issues to the White public’s attention during the Civil Rights Movement) made a song about the death of Hattie Carrol called “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.”
When Zantzinger got out of jail in early 1964, he returned to his family and farm, but eventually sold the farm and got into real estate. The real estate business apparently didn’t go so well, and in 1986, the county government took possession of his shack-homes. These shack-homes had no plumbing or running water and all the renters were Black and poor. Even though he knew he didn’t own the property anymore, Zantzinger continued to collect rent from the tenants, even taking some to court when they didn’t pay. AND HE WON!
Total, Zantzinger collected more than $64,000 in rent on properties he had not owned for over five years.
Eventually, the local authorities finally caught onto the scheme and arrested Zantzinger on fraud and deceptive business practices charges in 1991.
He was sentenced to 18 months in the county jail and fined $50,000. The judge also sentenced Zantzinger to 2,400 hours of community service and directed him to help groups that advocate low-cost housing.
He died in 2009 at 69 years old.
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"I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them. Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."
i’m honestly deeply ashamed because of the harshness of our world
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