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Once Upon A Lynching: The Jerome Boyatt Story

Author(s): John Hendricks
Publisher: Scott County Historical Society; Huntsville, TN
Copyright: 1985
Pages: 36
Abstract: Details the story of Jerome Boyatt in 1933 when he allegedly shot and killed the sheriff and a deputy in a neighboring county and while jailed in Scott County, was taken out be a mob and lynched, along with another inmate, Harvey Winchester. Indexed.

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On December 2nd, 2008 Fred rated this book ***OO
I would not recommend this book.
I found that Mr. Hendricks doesn't know the area or the whole story behind this lynching. There are several errors in his book. He really needed to do more research before writing it. And knowing the area he probably would not have gotton answers to his questions. Most of the people that knew the true story are gone and the ones that do know don't talk.

On February 5th, 2009 ikehedger rated this book ****O
I would recommend this book.
To be honest, when there is only one source for a book's topic, maybe measuring its worth is hard. The late (so I read somewhere) Dr. Hendricks' sources were, as I noted, newspapers and family members of the families involved. I noted from an online source that his father was the county agent of Pickett during the events depicted, and he did have interviews with those knowledgable of the era. I suspect what he writes is more truth than fiction, insofar as the sources provided. Despite the various complaints I find online, not one comment of specific corrections are offered. I also suspect he had more information which he did not divulge,

Maybe the late writer should best be remembered for the poem which has some limited literary merit.


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