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The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story

Cara Robertson

Lawyer Robertson’s nonfiction debut is the definitive account of one of America’s most enduring murder mysteries. In August 1892, Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother were found dead in their home in Fall River, MA. Circumstantial evidence showing that Lizzie had the opportunity to commit the crimes led to her arrest, but the absence of a clear motive or any prior history of violence proved obstacles to the prosecution’s case. Borden was acquitted, but Robertson draws on trial transcripts, contemporary newspaper accounts, and recently discovered letters from Lizzie herself to capture what the crime looked like at the time. Was she a cold-blooded murderer or unjustly persecuted? For fans of Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done (2017).

The Trial of Lizzie Borden