The Borden Murders

The Borden Murders

Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553498080
0553498088
9780553498097
0553498096
Branch Call Number: TEEN 345.744 MILLER
Characteristics: 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facsimilies ; 25 cm

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A comprehensive and engaging look into the lesser-known details of an infamous crime.

A non-fiction look at the details of this fascinating case.

The original axe-murderess that mesmerized the country at the cusp of a new century, but there is more to the story than corpses and bloody axes.


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LitHub
Jun 25, 2020

I really knew nothing about her or the case other than the name & that her parents were murdered by an ax. I think I had always thought of her being around 12-13 years old, but she was in her early 30s when her dad & stepmom were murdered.

This book is apparently generally aimed at the middle-grade/teen market (didn't know that when I checked it out -- it's harder to find info like that for ebooks vs. being in the library with physical books where they're shelved in different locations). It's a basic overview of the murders, the investigation, the media coverage, the trial, her acquittal, & her life afterward. I think it tries to stay (mostly but not entirely) middle-of-the-road on the guilt vs. innocence question. And while I was surprised to learn that she was acquitted (told you I knew nothing about her), after reading the book, I would mostly likely have to agree with the jury that her guilt was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt. I've served on juries, so I know the "proven beyond a reasonable doubt" charge is a high bar, but I think this shows a good case of it for teen readers who wouldn't have been on a jury yet/fully understand the impact of it. I think it also shows the impact of the media pre-trial publicity. While a wikipedia reading about Lizzie Borden would have filled me in on the overall story, I found it interesting to read more details about the case. If you have middle- or high-schoolers who are interested in true crime, they might like this one.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

A great look at a famous case, with photos, great information, and clear explanations of the way the court system worked/works.

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Derringer
Oct 05, 2017

Author, Sarah Miller gives the inquisitive reader her theories on the Lizzie Borden axe murders of 1892. Featuring a 16-page photo gallery - This well-researched book offers one a whole new perspective on the entire case and brings into question Lizzie's acquittal at the trial.

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ManMachine
Feb 19, 2017

(*Note* - The following is the once-famous "Lizzie Borden" folk-rhyme)

"Lizzie Borden took an axe,
Gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one."

Chop-Chop-Chop-Chop-Chop-Chop-Chop-Chop!!

And so - (On that hot August day back in 1892) - After both Abby and Andrew Borden had been struck for the final time across the skull with the sharp blade of the axe - Was it, in fact, their beloved daughter, Lizzie who was the one guilty of committing such a ferociously brutal and cold-blooded double-murder as this? - or - Was Lizzie really innocent?

Through a compelling narrative - Author Sarah Miller offers the ever-curious reader her own, personal investigation into this truly puzzling and chilling crime that had absolutely shocked the nation of yesteryear right out of its socks.

Featuring 24 pages of period photographs, as well as numerous newspaper clippings - Miller's well-researched book races swiftly along like a true-crime novel that is certain to keep the inquisitive reader asking questions right up to the very end, and beyond.... (*Watch video-clip*)

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trotter73
Jan 24, 2017

interesting book. it's too bad they didn't have today's CSI techniques available back then. It could have helped close this case. I think she had something to do with the crime, but based on the evidence admitted at trial I understand the jury's verdict.

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