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The Trial of Lizzie Borden

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,691 ratings  ·  502 reviews
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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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Julie
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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
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Debra
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"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 most extraordinary criminal case in the history of New England.'"

Most people have heard the rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
**In reality Abby was hit 19 times and Andrew hit 10 or 11 times.

“Someone’s killed Fat
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Jennifer
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
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, just not put together well. I kept falling asleep. Literally. It didn't hold my attention. Dull as proverbial dishwater.

Score rounded up for research. 1.5 stars.
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, Massachusetts.

It'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 promis
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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 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
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Darlene
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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 ...more
Juli
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.....

Di
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Diane S ☔
3.5 thoughts soon.
Tammie
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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 B ...more
Valerity (Val)
The Trial of Lizzie Borden

This 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 give
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Katie B
I'll admit I'm pretty disappointed I didn't like this book more 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 more like a textbook than interesting nonfiction.

So 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
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Kristy K
"Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one."


2.5 Stars

Sadly, my knowledge of Lizzie Borden was basically the rhyme above. As a true crime aficionado, it was always on my list to read about the Borden murders. Obviously, I should have read about them sooner as I believed that she was a child when the crimes were committed and that she was found guilty. (Neither are true, and my ignorance shames me, I must say.)

The Trial is
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Tucker

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I 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 quite 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 t
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Jammin Jenny
I really enjoyed this novel that provides a fairly detailed account of the actual trial of Lizzie Borden who was accused of murdering her father and step-mother in cold blood using an axe. It was interesting to see the way the trial came about, and the evidence brought forth both against her and in support of her. I tend to think she probably did it, but can see why she was acquitted for the crime. Very interesting narrative.
Deanne Patterson
Fall River,Massachusetts 1892 it is a bustling town with the usual shops,churches and neighborly visits. Those who could afford it had servants and lived up on the hill. While the Borden family did have domestic help, an Irish woman named Bridget they did not live on the hill and Lizzie resented this. The household consisted on Andrew Borden,his second wife Abby Borden, his two spinster daughters Emma and Lizzie and the domestic help Bridget.
This is author Cara Robertson's first book and she do
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Marjorie
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Most people are familiar with the murder that Lizzie Borden was accused of as there have been numerous books and movies based on it. In August of 1892, Lizzie’s father and stepmother were brutally murdered in their home. Lizzie was accused of the murder and the trial became a sensationalized spectacle. People then and now all have different opinions of what happened that day in Fall River, Massachusetts. Was Lizzie a guilty murderess or was she wrongly accused?

I have read many accounts of this
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Bridgett
The truth is, I don't have much to say. This book bored me to tears.

While I admire the time and research involved in the making of this book, it was incredibly dry. I literally had to force myself to pick it up and keep reading. Admittedly, nonfiction isn't typically my genre of choice, but the Lizzie Borden story has fascinated me for years. I was genuinely curious about this latest installment which offered a new glimpse into her infamous life. The included pictures were a very nice touch an
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Lois
Very detailed account of evidence.
Horribly boring audiobook narrator.
Nancy Oakes
I'm going with 4.5 here -- although I was worried about it since I haven't been impressed with a number of books on the topic, it turned out to be a good one.

http://www.nonfictionrealstuff.com/20...

In The Trial of Lizzie Borden, just so we're clear, the author does not endeavour to solve the mystery of who killed Abby and Andrew Borden, but rather to peel away the sort of mythical elements of this story and get down to realities of the crimes, the investigation, the trial and its aftermath. At
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Yodamom
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative about the Borden trial. Shows what living in the time period would be like. Has some comments from journalists. The remarks about her demeanor, and mood changes. The courtroom antics where fascinating a drama at it's most dramatic. Most of the book is of the trial, which is something I hadn't read much about before. If you're interested in learning about the Borden trial I recommend this book.
Thank you to the publishers for an early review copy
Simona
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pillar of this book is a comprehensive research, and author didn’t just dissect the trial into day to day events, but she also gave them the frame in interesting social study of this era. If you are looking for something more in true crime books, then this book is for you!
Dez Nemec
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.


On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were both brutally murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. After an investigation and inquest, which included her own testimony, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged for the murder of Andrew Borden only. (This was later amended to add Abby Borden). What followed was the biggest US trial to date. Reporters were everywhere,
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Jessica White
GUILTY!

That's what I've always said about Lizzie Borden.

That being said, reading the actual transcripts from her trial is incredibly aggravating.
Fall River Police BOTCHED this investigation.

Now that may just be my Criminal Justice/Forensics background coming out.
But honestly, there was no way in hell the jury could have found her guilty with the information that was presented to them. I honestly understand why so many people believe she's not guilty.

I, however, still think she is.

She had mo
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Janelle • She Reads with Cats
Many thanks Simon and Schuster for my free copy of THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN by Cara Robertson

I love reading true crime and have always been fascinated by Lizzie Borden. I’ve read several books, watched movies and TV shows, but this is the first nonfiction book I’ve read. It’s right in my wheelhouse and I loved all of it.

Lizzie Borden lived a short life from 1860 to 1927. She was accused of the murder of her father and stepmother, who were hacked to death with an axe. While Lizzie wasn’t close
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Elizabeth A.G.
Thorough and well researched look into the famous, unsolved mystery of the murders of Abby and Andrew Borden and the trial of stepdaughter/daughter, Lizzie Borden. Cara Robertson's telling of this horrific crime includes a look into the personalities of the principal characters; the police procedurals that could be defined as blundering; the prosecutional and defense legal arguments; the fascination of the "Gilded Age" public that swarmed the scene of the crime, mobbed outside the street and gro ...more
Donna Davis
“Oh, Mrs. Churchill, do come over. Someone has killed father.”

Lizzie Borden is the subject of one of America’s most enduring legends, and Robertson is a towering legal scholar, educated at Harvard and Oxford, and then at Stanford Law. She’s participated in an international tribunal dealing with war crimes, and has been researching the Borden case for twenty years. Here she lays it out for us, separating fact from innuendo, and known from unknown. My thanks go to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley
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Amy
I really wanted to love this one ... as a huge fan of true crime, I was so excited to see this was coming out. Unfortunately, this one didn't work for me. I loved the pieces about the crime and the people who were involved in the case but a large component of the book was a moment by moment synopsis of the trial (hence the title). Unfortunately, I didn't find those pieces particularly compelling. A lot of great information but I didn't find that it was pulled together to be particularly compelli ...more
Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
3.5 stars. The book is exactly what it claims to be: an account, not of the murders, but of the trial. Anyone who loves the "Order" part of "Law & Order" will love it. Despite some tedious parts, there are interesting implications (which I wish had been slightly more fleshed out) about the evolution of 19th century law to 20th century law. This case's impact on Miranda warnings, for example, and the European idea of a "crime of passion."
Jane
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books about the Borden murders. It has been a fascinating obsession with me for many years now.
This book as the title indicates takes the reader through the trial. It takes each moment of the initial killings and goes through the trial and afterward to the fate of all the main players.
While reading this book I had moments that were uncomfortable because I have always believed in Lizzie Borden innocents.
After reading of the trial and the testimonies it is truly hard to see how
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Kelley
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I've been intrigued by Lizzie Borden ever since I saw Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal in a made-for-TV movie in the 70's. Like most of you, I know the basic details: stepmother, father, axe, acquittal. But did she really do it???

This book promised to give new information. After much anticipation, though, I'm kind of let down. There wasn't as much of a reveal as promised. I now know intimate details of the clothes each lawyer wore to the trial, what they were made of, and how they were made. I
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Cara Robertson is a lawyer whose writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, the Raleigh News and Observer, and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. 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 ...more
“an aged man and an aged woman are suddenly and brutally assassinated. It was a terrible crime. It was an impossible crime. But it was committed.” 0 likes
“Knowlton then turned to the defense’s trump card: Where was the blood? As he put it, “How could she have avoided the spattering of her dress with blood if she was the author of these crimes?” Acknowledging this weakness, he suggested that she might have taken advantage of the “solitude of the house with ample fire on the stove.” Perhaps Lizzie used a roll of paper to protect her dress or, more likely, she hid the bloodstained dress until she burned it in the kitchen the next Sunday. But he admitted: “I cannot answer it. You cannot answer it . . . You have neither the craft of the assassin nor the cunning and deftness of the sex.” 0 likes
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