The Enduring Fascination with Lizzie Borden
The most sensational murder of its time immortalized its defendant.
Now, based on twenty years of research, new evidence comes to light in an unmissable account of historical true crime, society, and the enduring question: was Lizzie Borden guilty?
Author Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear in the aftermath of the brutal Borden murders, and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom.
Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties.
The result is a remarkable true account of one of America's most mythologized stories, now perfectly captured in its historical and social element.
"With deft storytelling and convincing scholarship, Cara Robertson does the seemingly impossible by bringing new life to perhaps our oldest true-crime saga." —Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America “A taut, understated masterpiece…Robertson scours the Trial of the (19th) Century with the perseverance of a scholar, the gimlet eye of a detective, and the elegance of a novelist.—Jane Kamensky, author of A Revolution in Color