The Trial of Lizzie Borden

The Trial of Lizzie Borden

When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August of 1892, the arrest of the couple’s daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone—rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople—had an opinion about Lizzie Borden’s guilt or innocence.

The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central, enigmatic character has endured for more than a hundred years, but the legend often outstrips the story. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper articles, previously withheld lawyer's journals, unpublished local reports, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden is a definitive account of the Borden murder case and offers a window into America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.

Title:The Trial of Lizzie Borden
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781501168376
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  • Julie

    The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson is a 2019 Simon & Schuster publication. As unsolved murders go, this is THE case that puzzles me the most. For many it’s Jack the Ripper, whose violent k...

  • Debra

    "The trial of Lizzie Borden, according to the Providence Journal, would be 'one of the greatest murder trials in the world's history' The New York World more modestly declared it 'the trial of the mos...

  • Linda

    Fascination.....like eyes drawn to bright shiny objects.Even after one hundred and more years, the world can't seem to get enough of the infamous murder case involving Lizzie Borden of Fall River, Mas...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    A thorough compendium on the topic of Lizzie Borden’s trial! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Cara Robertson spent twenty years researching Lizzie Borden’s case, and this is her first book. The depth and breadth t...

  • Darlene

    In August of 1892, horrific dual murders occurred in the home of Andrew and Abby Borden in Fall Rivers, Massachusetts. At some point on the morning of the murders, while Abby was making the bed in an ...

  • Juli

    "Lizzie Borden took an axe...gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done...gave her father 41" ~Playground chantIn August 1892, the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fal...

  • Tucker

    Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewI have always been fascinated by this case in particular. Cara Roberston did a great job of going over the facts i...

  • Tammie

    A solid 4 stars. Lizzie Borden has always been a fascinating person-with the various books, shows, and movies based on her life, she is still someone that people find interesting even in present time....

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 thoughts soon....

  • Valerity (Val)

    The Trial of Lizzie BordenThis is a book that delves into the story of Lizzie Borden and the murders of her father Andrew and step-mother Abby. But it mostly focuses on the trial after the murders, on...