Narrator Amanda Carlin’s sober tone captures the criminal trial that followed, detailing the nuances and behavior of both the lawyers and the accused. Carlin’s narration retains listeners’ attention and guides them faithfully through the trial details and theories of what really happened to the Borden family. (AudioFile, 2019)
The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology – the trial of Lizzie Borden – based on 20 years of research and recently unearthed evidence.
The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couples younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone – rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople – had an opinion about Lizzie Bordens guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didnt she?
The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than 100 years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Bordens culture wanted and expected to hear 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 Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its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.
Narrator: Amanda Carlin
Duration: 11 hours 47 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio