from a radio show Steve was hosting, back in 1963:
This is another song you wrote based on a true story.
Could you tell us something about "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" ?
William Zanzinger was born into a wealthy tobacco farming company in Maryland.
He brutally murdered their maid, Hattie Carroll, for no reason.
When the Judge handed him down a sentence for "6 months"....
I knew I had to write a song about it. So I did.