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The Trial of Lizzie Borden av Cara Robertson
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The Trial of Lizzie Borden (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Cara Robertson (Författare)

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"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 Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its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"--… (mer)
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Titel:The Trial of Lizzie Borden
Författare:Cara Robertson (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2019), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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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. Now we have a detailed account of the crime, the investigation and the trial.

This book was very well researched and written. At times it did become stagnant and boring but later ramped up the pace.

This definitely made me look at the case and crime with a whole new look. Definitely a must read for true crime buffs. ( )
  ReviewsByKay | Mar 1, 2021 |
Very detailed account of evidence.
Horribly boring audiobook narrator. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Cara Robertson's The Trial of Lizzie Borden is a meticulous and scrupulously impartial look at the infamous axe murders and the subsequent trial of Lizzie Borden for the killing of her father and stepmother. This is not the book to go into if you want a trashy true crime read—Robertson eschews sensationalism in favour of setting out the facts so that the reader can decide, and showing how contemporary social mores about gender, class and race probably led to Borden's acquittal. Robertson does a great job in particular of showing how Gilded Age journalists were no more impartial than their modern descendants.

(There's no way now conclusively prove whodunnit beyond a reasonable doubt, but based on what facts there are and the balance of probability? Lizzie did it.) ( )
  siriaeve | Nov 26, 2020 |
"Lizzie Borden took an axe...gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done...gave her father 41" ~Playground chant


In 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 more than 120 years, many still wonder.....

Did 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 question hung in the air for the rest of her life....was she really guilty? Or innocent? And...if she was innocent....who 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 wind...there is no way to know.

Awesome book! Obviously well researched, and definitely well-written. Awesome debut book. I will be looking for more from this author! I will be running over the facts of this case in my head now for days I'm sure.....did she? Maybe she did. But maybe she didn't. That's the rough beauty of an unsolvable mystery....it can be pondered, but never really brought to a satisfying conclusion. Brain candy. Things for me to mull over in my head. Love it!

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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 way into popular lore--such as that the prosecution theorized that Lizzie commited the murders in the nude, explaining the lack of blood stained clothing. Not the case at all. Obviously methods of investigation, types of evidence and trial procedures differ from the present. Footnotes, bibliography, many photos and drawings.
  ritaer | Jul 13, 2020 |
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On the morning of August 3, 1892, Eli Bence was working at D. R. Smith's drugstore on South Main Street in Fall River, Massachusetts, when a woman entered the store to ask for ten cents' worth of prussic acid.
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"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"--

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