The Trial of Lizzie Borden

The Trial of Lizzie Borden Review

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 Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its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.

Title:The Trial of Lizzie Borden
Edition Language:English

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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...

  • Jennifer

    Just couldn't get into this one. Found it flat and boring. Coming from me, who normally loves all things historic (it was my college minor), that says much about this book. A great deal of knowledge, ...

  • 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...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 thoughts soon....

  • 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....

  • 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...