Sunday, January 11, 2009

William Zantzinger

William Zantzinger has died at 69. He was made infamous by the Bob Dylan masterpiece, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, which told the true story, from 1963, of how Zantzinger killed a black woman. He was convicted of manslaughter and given a six month jail sentence, a penalty so weak it left only 'time for tears'.

Zantzinger argued that the song was a misrepresentation. Perhaps it was, but it was a highly charged political work, part of the then nascent counter-culture, and it helped to inform a generation of young people about fairness and inequality.

Zantzinger was convicted in the 90s of fraud relating to real estate.

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