With murder, court battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the story of Lizzie Borden is compulsively readable and perfect for the Common Core.
Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.
In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. Most of what is known about Lizzie’s arrest and subsequent trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper reports; as Miller sorts fact from fiction, and as a legal battle gets under way, a gripping portrait of a woman and a town emerges.
With inserts featuring period photos and newspaper clippings—and, yes, images from the murder scene—readers will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction.
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Table of Contents
Who's Who x
Lizzie Borden Took an Axe xiii
The Bordens 21
Preliminary Hearing 115
The Waiting Time 139
Trial of the Century 159
Researching the Bordens 254
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Many stories have been written about Lizzie Borden and her supposed crimes, but author Sarah Miller puts an intriguing spin on the tale in her recent release, THE BORDEN MURDERS: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century. Miller’s nonfiction reads like a thriller as she investigates this brutal crime. Wealthy and prominent Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby, were murdered in their home on Aug. 4, 1892. Andrew’s daughter (Abby’s stepdaughter), Lizzie, was accused of the murders, tried and acquitted. The sensationalized case has captured people’s attention for over 100 years. The murder weapon, a supposed axe, was never recovered. Presenting the case as open as possible, Miller allows readers to make up their own minds about Lizzie’s innocence or guilt. With Lizzie’s acquittal, no one else was ever arrested for the murders which remain unsolved. This fascinating story includes photographs and newspaper clippings from the time of the murders to further enhance the account. In addition, the author includes tidbits of history and/or customs throughout the story that deals with the era of the murders. From the opening page to the last sentence, this is a compelling story that holds you spellbound. The unsolved grisly murders of the Bordens continues to mystify us all these years later. Miller presents an informative and captivating story in THE BORDEN MURDERS which will leave you analyzing the case anew. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
As I had really only seen the movie with Elizabeth Montgomery, I was interested in learning more about this. As I recall in the movie, the houses weren't quite as close as they seem to be in this book which is even more perplexing. This was a very informative book that I enjoyed reading. Apparently, the law of hearsay had not been made around this time. I was both alarmed and amazed at the rumors that were flying about this poor woman and what was being allowed to be said in a court of law. The author did a lot of research on this subject. While the subject was quite grisly, I found the book interesting. It's still perplexing to me that no one was found to be guilty of these murders even after all this time. Thanks Random House Childrens and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.