The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century



“Lizzie Borden took an ax……”  Or did she?
For over a century, Lizzie Borden’s name has come to mean ax-murderer.  In 1892, she discovered her father and step-mother dead of brutally inflicted wounds…deaths that were said to have occurred while she was also in the home.  The scene was so gruesome that even the police were shocked. What happened next is the precursor to today’s fascination with sensationalized true crime.  Her supposed lack of appropriate grief after the deaths, combined with a public thirsty for salacious details, made her the only suspect in this very bizarre crime.  Yet while Lizzie was, by all accounts, an unusual individual,  it’s hard to fathom what would turn someone from a mild-mannered citizen to an ax-murderer overnight.  Did she really try to buy poison the night before? Burn a dress in her oven?  Refuse to answer simple questions?  Or did the media take bits and pieces of truth and create a scandal themselves?  Sarah Miller’s extremely thorough non-fiction takes us through the crime, the trial of the century, and the very bizarre aftermath.  Fascinating,  compulsively readable, and truly amazing!  If you like true crime, you are going to love this one!

(PS—after I started reading this, my mom told me that Lizzie is actually my 7th cousin, thrice removed!  Ok, that has nothing to do with the book….but I found it interesting! 😉 )

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