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The Trial of Lizzie Borden Epub ä 375 pages æ Cara robertson æ ❮EPUB❯ ✰ The Trial of Lizzie Borden Author Cara Robertson – When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River Massachusetts in August of 1892 the arrest of the couple’s daughWhen 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 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 s 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

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Crutinized 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 Bo 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

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The Trial of Lizzie BordenRden 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 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