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The Trial of Lizzie Borden [PDF / EPUB] 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 tri When Andrew and Abby of Lizzie Kindle Ñ Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River The Trial PDF \ Massachusetts in August of the arrest of the couple’s daughter Lizzie turned the Trial of Lizzie PDF Ë 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 innocenceThe popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for 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on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings contemporary newspaper articles previously withheld lawyer's journals unpublished local reports and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself The Trial of Lizzie Borden is a definitive account of the Borden murder case and offers a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.

About the Author: Cara Robertson

Cara Robertson is a of Lizzie Kindle Ñ lawyer whose writing has appeared in The Boston Globe The Trial PDF \ the Raleigh News and Observer and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities Trial of Lizzie PDF Ë She was educated at Harvard Oxford and Stanford Law School A former Supreme Court law clerk she served as a legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law Sch.

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  1. says:

    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 killing spree has been poured over and analyzed six ways from Sunday But in the late 1800s a gentle spinster lady goes on trial for the horrible double homicide of her step mother and father This is a crime that took place in broad daylight the murders occurring over an hour apart with Lizzie and the family’s maid Bridget being the only two people in the house at the time Neither of them saw or heard anything The trial was sensational National newspapers followed the events closely editorialized and analyzed and theorized as the testimony and evidence presented shocked the country Through it all Lizzie remained stoic self possessed almost serene Most everyone has heard something of the Legend of Lizzie Borden There have been some terrific books written about the crime some re imaginings both in books and movies all of which offer some compelling theories It still amazes me that after all these years the mystery still haunts us As this book states on than one occasion it is a classic ‘locked room’ mystery Perhaps the most famous one of all Every time I read a book about this case I find myself searching for an obvious clue that one damning piece of evidence that would help me make up my mind about Lizzie's case I've waffled back and forth since I was a teenager and first watched ‘The Legend of Lizzie Borden’ a made for television movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery But at the end of the day I’m still just as stumped unable to make up my mind one way or another This book though centered around the trial does go over the facts as we know them leading up to the murder and explains why Lizzie became the primary suspect Once we get to the trial the author takes the standard courtroom proceedings and adds in the journalistic elements of the trial especially the viewpoint of female journalists It was very interesting to see what the newspapers printed as the trial progressedI enjoyed the sketches and photographs of the lawyers and witnesses and the inflections of those who testified I love a good courtroom drama always have done but a trial taking place in this time frame before flashy theatrics were commonplace pitted the opposing council against one another in a show of one upmanship that was absolutely riveting Not that there weren’t a few theatrics pulling out the skulls of the deceased without warning was drama at its finest The inside information about the jurors was also very interesting It was of course an all male jury since women could not serve on juries until the 1950s in the state of Massachusetts The one thing this book did do for me was give me a fresher perspective on the case Times were so different back then Women’s issues were highly misunderstood and they were thought to be prone to hysterics especially if Lizzie was menstruating which might have been a great defense for Lizzie insanity She must have been mad at the time if she did indeed commit the crimes she was accused of because madness was the only explanation they could wrap their heads around Women of Lizzie’s class and station simply could not commit such a heinous crime otherwise This book has an interesting journey to publication which also made it a uniue read But importantly for me is that this book succeeded where others before it failed I now have little doubt about Lizzie’s guilt or innocence The facts speak for themselves and the way this book is formatted without going off down rabbit holes or pontificating on this or that helped me see things that were in plain sight all along Lizzie’s life after the trial was uiet as she was mostly shunned by locals But she did lead a colorful life despite that and left behind a dark legacy in her wake I wonder what Lizzie would make of all the attention her life has garnered all the debate the movies books TV shows and documentaries outlining her case none of them able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lizzie Borden is guilty nor can they exonerate her Without some bombshell revelation perhaps a peak at that one file which remains untouchable we will never really know for sure However this book leaves little doubt although the author does not speculate one way or another or give her opinion allowing the reader to interpret the facts for themselves and draw their own conclusion which is really how a true crime book should read The one downfall is the book’s ‘no frills’ approach Readers will probably struggle to keep awake especially since we’ve all become so accustomed to reading true crime in novel form Yet for me that no frills approach is what made the book so chilling The trial portions of the book were uite enlightening Yet even I couldn’t just sit and read this one cover to cover without taking breaks because yes it is very dry reading at times Still I think the book is one of the most comprehensive and revealing of any I’ve read on the subject to date 4 stars

  2. says:

    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 modestly declared it 'the trial of the most extraordinary criminal case in the history of New England'Most people have heard the rhymeLizzie Borden took an axeAnd gave her mother forty whacksWhen she saw what she had doneShe gave her father forty oneIn reality Abby was hit 19 times and Andrew hit 10 or 11 times“Someone’s killed Father” Lizzie Borden was the one who reported that her father had been killed and later the body of her Step Mother was found upstairs Her Stepmother Abby was killed first and then her father Andrew was killed while he was lying asleep on the sofa Thus an investigation ensued An investigation that would consider many people to be possible suspects John V Morse Andrew's brother in law Bridget the housekeepermaid Lizzie and strange men seen walking through the neighborhood As Lizzie and Bridget were the only two home at the time of the murders they were interrogated Neither reported seeing or hearing anything amiss that day Bridget had been ill that morning was then told to wash the windows and sent on an errand by Lizzie Thus making Lizzie the one person in the home with the opportunity to kill But she informed investigators that she was in the barn looking for iron How long does it take to look for iron? Did she not hear anything? Any cries for help?This unsolved murder has been the subject of curiosity and debate since it occurred Lizzie often gave strange and contradictory responses which frustrated investigators and later the prosecuting attorney She often claimed she did not understand uestions when confronted with giving differing statements Many did not like her attitude and felt she was too calm and poised During the trial she was noted as being flushed and was often seen biting her lip Lizzie Borden was acuitted for the murders and the murders remain unsolved Many still believe she was the killer and some have other theories as well Slightly before the trial another person was killed in their town with an ax Jurors noted this Plus there were inaccuracies with the investigations If the murders took place today forensics would have solved the case Many people were in and out of the crime scenes There were uestions about the axes found in the basement etc After an hour and a half deliberation the jury acuitted Lizzie and she was free to go Was she the killer or was she not guilty?The book cannot shed led on her innocence or uilt but it does show the investigation and the testimony of those who were part of the trial I found this book to be extremely well researched The book ends around the 65% mark and the remainder of the book is footnotes This book feels very academic and somewhat dry It's not a page turner but a book about the murders and provides in depth testimony It is very informative and most fans of true crime should enjoy this The facts are impressive as was the research that went into this book a side note members of this household were ill a lot Some even reported that they thought they were being poisoned There was testimony at trial detailing Lizzie's attempt to purchase prussic acid and how she was turned away Another explanation of the freuent vomiting in this household was that their food was not properly preparedstored Thank you to Simon Schuster and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

  3. says:

    Fascinationlike eyes drawn to bright shiny objectsEven after one hundred and years the world can't seem to get enough of the infamous murder case involving Lizzie Borden of Fall River MassachusettsIt's August of 1892 and the town is sweltering in the heat of summer The Borden family live in a two story wooden house near the downtown area Andrew Borden remarried in 1865 after the death of his first wife Sarah Sarah was the mother of Lizzie and her older sister Emma Emma promised on Sarah's deathbed that she would care for Baby Lizzie And indeed she didAbby the second wife experienced a cool reception from the daughters Emma refused to call her mother although Lizzie did on some occasions Within the household was the Irish maid Bridget The family had suffered from food poisoning a few days before Andrew Borden held a tight fist on his fortune and insisted that the family eat leftover swordfish for dinner even in the stifling heat that guaranteed to turn milk into sour cottage cheese in a heartbeat Perhaps too many putrid meals turned Lizzie against her parents PerhapsOn the day of the heinous murders Bridget was sent outside to wash windows It was rud that Bridget and Lizzie may have had a relationship No one has proven that Emma was visiting friends out of town Lizzie claimed that she was in the barn looking for a sinker to go fishing She also testified that Abby had received a note calling her away from the house so her disappearance wasn't uestioned until her body was found No note was ever found backing up Lizzie's storyInterestingly enough the autopsies suggested that the murders were at least one hour and a half apart The murderer had to be waiting somewhere in the house for Andrew Borden to arrive He was attacked as he napped on a sofa in the sitting room The murders were brutal Someone was filled with rage from the number of hits with what appeared to be a small axe A bad business associate or just bad blood in general?Cara Robertson lays out The Trial of Lizzie Borden with background information photos transcripts and records from the original trial She's done her homework here Robertson keeps the interest high as the case against Lizzie unfolds We shake our heads to see how badly the crime scene was contaminated This was well before forensic science The attorneys were supposedly the best of the day The jury may have been contaminated as well since they came back with an acuittal Unlike the infamous OJ it didn't dawn on them that if not Lizzie then Fall River had a serial killer that they failed to pursue Case closedBut unlike the Bordens this case lives on in books poems plays rock performances and now an opera in the works Oh Lizzie hot weather makes for hot tempersI received a copy of The Trial of Lizzie Borden through Simon Schuster for an honest review My sincere thanks to them for the opportunity

  4. says:

    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 to this research shows immediately making this a resource for anyone interested in this trial one of mythic proportions in the United States still well known and pondered over one hundred and twenty years later Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally murdered in 1892 and shocking everyone their daughter Lizzie was arrested and charged The trial became international news and a spectacle that the United States hadn’t known at the time Reporters traveled from all over to attend the trial Lizzie was scrutinized from every angle possible And not unlike today every citizen possessed an opinion on what really happened Cara Robertson heavily researched everything she could obtain regarding the Bordens and the trial including court transcripts newspaper articles local information and fascinatingly letters from Lizzie herself My favorite aspects of the book included the commentary on the culture of society at the time Some purport Lizzie was found innocent simply because society couldn’t believe that women were capable of murder It also showcased the fever pitch not unlike today’s time where everyone rushes to judgment before a trial While the book is rich in details I never found it overbearing because I was so enthralled with examining the case through my own amateur lens I think to fully appreciate the book you need to be appreciate the detailed information involved At the end of the book I’m not sure if Lizzie was guilty or not and I had every piece of information laid out in front of me even so that than those at the trial at the time Also of note is all the pictures included They added to my understanding of the place and time and thoroughly enriched my reading experienceIf you are as enthralled with the trial of Lizzie Borden as many in this country have been for over one hundred years check this one out No stone is left unturned by Cara Robertson I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

  5. says:

    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 in an exciting and intriguing way My one complaint was that at times she would seem like she was trying to be funny but it didn't uite fit the mood For instance she used the word mansplaining which in another book wouldn't have been an issue but in this one it just didn't fit Other than that I enjoy this book| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  6. says:

    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 upstairs bedroom someone approached and struck her 19 times in the head with a hatchet About an hour or so later the killer entered the home's living room where Andrew was napping on the sofa and bludgeoned him to death as well These gruesome murders ultimately led police to arrest the youngest Borden daughter Lizzie and led to a sensational murder trial which captured the attention and imagination of people across America This murder trial is the subject of this book 'The Trial of Lizzie Borden' by Cara Robertson I listened to the audiobook version of this book and the narration was performed by Amanda Carlin This book is the result of many years of research by Cara Robertson a lawyer who began looking into this case as the subject for her Harvard undergraduate thesis Using transcripts of the Borden murder trial newspaper accounts from that time and even recently discovered letters written by Lizzie Borden herself Ms Robertson skillfully reconstructs the trial taking the reader painstakingly through numerous witnesses' testimony for both the prosecution and the defense But in addition to the legal motions and wrangling Ms Robertson also provides a sort of commentary not only on the dynamics within the Borden household but also a commentary about societal views during this time; specifically the role of women in society and commonly held beliefs about women's temperament and the lack of options available to women for personal fulfillment all of which may have contributed to the outcome of this trialAlthough I've read a couple of books and watched a documentary about the Lizzie Borden case there was much in Cara Robertson's account which held my interest In discussing the prosecution's evidence Ms Robertson described the family dynamics that were present in the Borden household which can only be described as tense and weird Andrew and Abby Borden Andrew's second wife lived in the home with Andrew's two grown daughters Emma and Lizzie and a servant Bridget Sullivan Although by all accounts Andrew Borden was well off financially he was also known as miserly Rather than engaging in a showy display of wealth as other well to do people in town did he chose instead to live frugally in the modest home he had lived in for years Andrew's tight fisted ways seemed to be great source of tension in the household since Emma and Lizzie felt this was a sort of stumbling block to their enjoyment of a social life they felt they deserved In addition Andrew Borden had purchased a home at his wife's reuest to be used as a rent free home for one of her struggling relatives This gesture enraged Emma and Lizzie and to keep peace in the home Andrew decided to also purchase property for each of his daughters Unfortunately this gesture did not appease Emma and Lizzie and the two although continuing to live in their father's home became estranged from their father and engaged only in the politest of conversation with Abby only when it was necessaryThe prosecution made much of the tension in the Borden household at the trial but would that have been enough to push Lizzie to murder her father and step mother? Another aspect of the prosecution's case was the circumstances in the borden household the day of the murders who was present in the home and who had the opportunity and motive to commit the crimes? The prosecution stressed the fact that on that August morning Lizzie had been the only other member of the household inside the home Emma had been out of town visiting friends And the Borden's servant Bridget had been sent outside to clean the windows and she testified that while working on that task she had also spent time socializing with a servant girl from next door Although it had been suggested during the investigation that an intruder a stranger in town had entered the home and committed the murders how would the intruder not have been seen by Lizzie? Further there was a time lapse of about an hour between the murder of Abby and Andrew why would an intruder have taken the risk of staying inside the home waiting for an opportunity to commit the second murder? And again how would he not have been noticed? Plus the police determined that nothing had been stolen from the home so what motive would an unknown intruder have to commit two murders? During the investigative and inuest phases of this case Lizzie Borden had given many contradictory statements to police She could not explain what she had been doing during the time the murders had been committed She placed herself at various locations in the home and on the property; however at trial the judge ruled that Lizzie's statements could not be admitted as evidence and this became a definite disadvantage for the prosecution Also to the prosecution's detriment was the fact that police had never recovered the hatchet that had been definitively used in the murders Lizzie was defended by former Massachusetts governor George Robinson and his main job was to instill a 'reasonable doubt' about Lizzie's guilt into the minds of the jurors all white men of course As it turned out reasonable doubt was apparently not all that difficult to achieve After a trial which lasted 15 days the jury returned with a verdict of 'not guilty' after just 90 minutes of deliberationThis book is perfect for people who enjoy the minutiae of criminal trials Cara Robertson leads the reader step by step through every argument made and every piece of evidence presented Plus she adds some fascinating courtroom color like the jockeying by the townspeople to obtain seats in the always crowded courtroom; the sensational articles written about the trial by regional newspapers and even the comic relief provided by lowing cows outside of the rural New Bedford courthouse One of the aspects of the book that I found most interesting was the societal attitudes towards women in the 1890s Women were considered the 'fairer sex' by most people in society even the police and the criminal justice system; and Lizzie Borden's attorney never missed an opportunity to refer to her as an innocent girl although at the age of 32 this characterization seemed to stretch credulity The subtext of this description seemed of course to be that Lizzie and other women especially of her social class was simply not capable physically and emotionally of committing such heinous crimes Instead many people seemed to hold onto the fanciful idea that murders were and looked like monsters and fiends and most often their collective suspicion fell on the elusive unknowable stranger passing through town or on recent immigrants Despite the author's thoroughness in presenting the evidence both for and against Lizzie's guilt I was never convinced she had formed a strong opinion of her own Although I'm not a lawyer my opinion about this case has never really changed based on all I have read throughout the years It seems to me that it is likely than not that Lizzie Borden did in fact murder her parents that August morning although I still can't say I have a clear understanding of her motives Perhaps it was her frustration over her inability to live a life she felt she was entitled to; or perhaps it was the accumulation of many years of resentment toward her father and step mother Regardless of her motives it seems that her constantly changing explanations about where she was and what she was doing at the time of the murders and the fact that she was the only other person in the home at the time to me points to her guilt Having said that I can certainly understand why a jury could find reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case But what struck me while reading this book was just how difficult it must have been at that time to gather enough evidence to convict ANYONE of a crime In the time before the availability of fingerprint analysis and long before anyone understood the complexity of DNA it would seem that the only way to be able to prove the guilt of a criminal was if the crime had been clearly witnessed by numerous people I DID enjoy reading this account of the Lizzie Borden murder trial even though I was familiar with much of what I read from other sources More than 100 years after these crimes this case is every bit as sensational and fascinating as it was then

  7. says:

    Lizzie Borden took an axegave her mother 40 whacks When she saw what she had donegave her father 41 Playground chantIn August 1892 the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River MA created a media frenzy Their daughter Lizzie was arrested for the crime and put on trial The murder trial was an instant sensation At the time nobody could believe a woman would hack her father and stepmother to death with an axe After than 120 years many still wonderDid she? Or didn't she?Cara Robertson has spent 20 years researching the murders and the trial The Trial of Lizzie Borden is her first book This book is so interesting The Borden case is one of the most interesting and intriguing unsolved mysteries in American history in my opinion I don't believe the case was really solved by the investigation or outcome of the trial because at that time nobody could believe a woman was really capable of such a violent crime Lizzie was found not guilty as we all know but faced public scrutiny until her death in 1927 because nobody was sure The uestion hung in the air for the rest of her lifewas she really guilty? Or innocent? Andif she was innocentwho killed the Bordens?After reading this book I can't really sway my opinion one way or the other The evidence in the case is long gone If such a murder occurred today there would be DNA analysis fingerprint evidence and the investigation would not be impeded by the sex of the accused A person is assumed innocent until PROVEN guilty In my opinion the trial did not prove her guilt so she was freed Did she actually murder her parents? After 127 years any proof is just dust in the windthere is no way to know Awesome book Obviously well researched and definitely well written Awesome debut book I will be looking for from this author I will be running over the facts of this case in my head now for days I'm suredid she? Maybe she did But maybe she didn't That's the rough beauty of an unsolvable mysteryit can be pondered but never really brought to a satisfying conclusion Brain candy Things for me to mull over in my head Love itI voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Simon Schuster via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own

  8. says:

    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 I found The Trial of Lizzie Borden to be an interesting and compelling book For those who may not know Lizzie Borden was accused of killing her father and stepmother by hacking them to death with an axe An absolutely horrific crime but especially in the late 1890s I found The Trial of Lizzie Borden to be a well written book and I enjoyed the numerous photos that are included it allows the reader to get to know the people and places surrounding this high profile crime in a better light Highly recommend to fans of true crimenon fiction books and anyone interested in learning about Lizzie Borden Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity review this

  9. says:

    I'll admit I'm pretty disappointed I didn't like this book because true crime is one of my favorite genres My 3 stars might be a tad generous because I was bored for so many of the chapters revolving around the trial It's a well researched book but it reads like a textbook than interesting nonfictionSo I only knew some of the very basics about Lizzie Borden and the murders and that's why I wanted to read this book For those of you unfamiliar to the case way back in the late 1800s Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their Massachusetts' home Thirty something year old Lizzie who lived in the home with her father stepmother and older sister was charged with the double homicide Soon after what was dubbed as the trial of the century began and schoolchildren around the country skipped rope to the rhyme about Lizzie taking whacks with an axe For such a sensational case even by today's standards it's a shame that so much of this book was dull I honestly only liked the beginning of the book before Lizzie was arrested and all of he stuff after the trial It's never a good sign when reading a nonfiction book when you flip to the back to see just exactly how much you need to read before you get to the Author's notes Once I saw the last 13 of the book is just the boring research notes that 999% of us on the planet end up skipping I decided the book wasn't super long so I might as well just stick with it Even thought I got frustrated a bit while reading this by no means was a waste of my time because I did learn uite a bit One of the random tidbits that stuck out to me was the family couldn't be bothered to call their maid by her real name and instead just used the previous maid's name when addressing her The other thing that blew my mind is that many of the defense files continue to be in the possession of a law firm and the contents will not be disclosed due to attorney client privilege Doesn't matter all of the main players in the case have been dead for decades we the public aren't getting our hands on those files If you are just looking for a well researched book about Lizzie Borden than this is a safe bet but just be prepared it is pretty dry at times It's a book I would read for small periods of time before setting it down for awhile and definitely not one I was engrossed in for hours at a time

  10. says:

    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 once she’s been held and it’s been found that there is supposedly enough evidence against her to bind her over and a grand jury has filed a true bill This is a good retelling of the facts of the murders and Lizzie’s arrest and time in jail especially the trial afterward It’s very detailed and gives a good recounting of how life was back in those days But overall I found it a bit parched My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley author Cara Robertson and the publisher for my fair review35 of 50 StarsAlso on my BookZone blog

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