Saturday, January 10, 2009

William Zantzinger, villain in Dylan song, dies

CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. — William Zantzinger, a Maryland socialite whose fatal beating of a black barmaid was recounted in a Bob Dylan protest song of the 1960s, was buried Friday. He was 69.

Zantzinger died Jan. 3. His family did not provide further details of his death, the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home said.

The tobacco farmer served six months and was fined $500 for manslaughter in 1963 for striking the 51-year-old barmaid with his cane for taking too long to serve him a drink. Hattie Carroll later died of a stroke.

In the “Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Dylan criticized different standards of justice meted out to whites and blacks.

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