The Trial of Lizzie Borden
The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology—the trial of Lizzie Borden—based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence.
The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple’s younger 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. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn’t she?
The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden’s culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ReviewsByKay - LibraryThing
We all know the rhyme “Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 wacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41”. We’ve all heard the story. Women of us have even seen the movie ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ritaer - LibraryThing
A comprehensive coverage of the lead up to the murders, the police investigation, press coverage and the indictment, grand jury, trial and sequel. Puts to rest many rumors that seem to have made their ... Read full review
Somebody Will Do Something
An Incredible Crime
Done with Theories
A Most Remarkable Woman
The Curtain Ascends
A Signal Victory
Intent Deliberation and Preparation
Short Busy and Very Important