The Borden Murders

The Borden Murders

Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century

Book - 2016
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Here¿› middle-grade nonfiction that reads like a thriller. With murder, court battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the story of Lizzie Borden is compulsively readable. 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¿› 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©Łnd, yes, images from the murder scene¿•eaders will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2016.
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780553498080
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.


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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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