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The Borden Murders

The Borden Murders

Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Schwartz Wade Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780553498080
Call Number: Hi-Lo 345.744 M6182b
j345.744 MILL
Characteristics: 288 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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List - Teen Picks - Mystery
SFPL_Teen May 10, 2016

A modern-day investigation of one of the most infamous murders of the 20th century.

The murder of Andrew and Abby Borden, while still unsolved, is often attributed to their daughter Lizzie.

Did Lizzie Borden *really* take an ax to her father and stepmother? Read the scandalous true story of Borden's life, arrest, and trial.

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Jun 25, 2020

I really knew nothing about her or the case other than the name & that her parents were murdered by an ax. I think I had always thought of her being around 12-13 years old, but she was in her early 30s when her dad & stepmom were murdered.

This book is apparently generally aimed at the middle-grade/teen market (didn't know that when I checked it out -- it's harder to find info like that for ebooks vs. being in the library with physical books where they're shelved in different locations). It's a basic overview of the murders, the investigation, the media coverage, the trial, her acquittal, & her life afterward. I think it tries to stay (mostly but not entirely) middle-of-the-road on the guilt vs. innocence question. And while I was surprised to learn that she was acquitted (told you I knew nothing about her), after reading the book, I would mostly likely have to agree with the jury that her guilt was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt. I've served on juries, so I know the "proven beyond a reasonable doubt" charge is a high bar, but I think this shows a good case of it for teen readers who wouldn't have been on a jury yet/fully understand the impact of it. I think it also shows the impact of the media pre-trial publicity. While a wikipedia reading about Lizzie Borden would have filled me in on the overall story, I found it interesting to read more details about the case. If you have middle- or high-schoolers who are interested in true crime, they might like this one.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

A great look at a famous case, with photos, great information, and clear explanations of the way the court system worked/works.

Oct 05, 2017

Author, Sarah Miller gives the inquisitive reader her theories on the Lizzie Borden axe murders of 1892. Featuring a 16-page photo gallery - This well-researched book offers one a whole new perspective on the entire case and brings into question Lizzie's acquittal at the trial.

Feb 19, 2017

(*Note* - The following is the once-famous "Lizzie Borden" folk-rhyme)

"Lizzie Borden took an axe,
Gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one."


And so - (On that hot August day back in 1892) - After both Abby and Andrew Borden had been struck for the final time across the skull with the sharp blade of the axe - Was it, in fact, their beloved daughter, Lizzie who was the one guilty of committing such a ferociously brutal and cold-blooded double-murder as this? - or - Was Lizzie really innocent?

Through a compelling narrative - Author Sarah Miller offers the ever-curious reader her own, personal investigation into this truly puzzling and chilling crime that had absolutely shocked the nation of yesteryear right out of its socks.

Featuring 24 pages of period photographs, as well as numerous newspaper clippings - Miller's well-researched book races swiftly along like a true-crime novel that is certain to keep the inquisitive reader asking questions right up to the very end, and beyond.... (*Watch video-clip*)

Jan 24, 2017

interesting book. it's too bad they didn't have today's CSI techniques available back then. It could have helped close this case. I think she had something to do with the crime, but based on the evidence admitted at trial I understand the jury's verdict.


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Apr 18, 2019

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