{Prime} The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century Author Sarah Miller – Andy-palmer.co.uk

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century I was first introduced, over fifty years ago, to the infamous Lizzie Borden through a high school production of a play called The Legend of Lizzie Then in 1967, I purchased Victoria Lincoln s book A Private Disgrace I thought it was the ultimate resource book for Lizzie s murders The author of the book I m reviewing here says that Lincoln, who was a neighbor of Lizzie Borden, wrote a book that was quite flawed Then I went on to Agnes DeMille s A Dance of Death, an account of DeMille s research into the Borden murders in preparation for her ballet Fall River Legend Since all that, I ve also seen a couple of movies about the murders, so I feel like I m steeped in the tale of Lizzie Borden And now, along comes Sarah Miller s The Borden Murders Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century I eagerly awaited the book, and although I can t say that I overwhelmingly enjoyed it, I did find it an interesting addition to the lore I already knew Miller has written a well researched book, and she has humanized Lizzie in a way that I never saw before The author sought out anecdotes and details that would show that Lizzie was a frightened young woman on trial The outcome is not different from any other account, for this is history after all, but we do finish the book feeling differently about Lizzie and understanding the outcome of the trial a bit better Miller s book is supposedly written for young adults, but its subject matter and her approach are very adult Teens will be engrossed in the book, but do not be fooled this book is a welcome addition to Lizzie Borden lore, and adults will find it captivating My one complaint is a minor one Miller peppers the text with sidebars I found the facts and tidbits in these sidebars to be fascinating, but I also found them a bit distracting, for I didn t want to leave the flow of the story to find out such things as the difference between an inquest and a trial or how one kind of fabric differs from another And yet, the sidebars enriched the story because this was all information that we likely, as modern readers, would not know So I heartily recommend The Borden Murders for all ages. This was a really fascinating look at a morbid piece of history We may never know what really happened but the facts laid out in this book were intriguing Lizzie may have been found innocent in a court of law but was definitely guilty in public opinion The entire situation is just sad. I enjoyed reading all the details and facts about the case and it has got me thinking a bit deeply about Lizzie It is quite interesting how ill equipped the law was for dealing with an alleged murderess during the 1890s I do wonder if any evidence could of been preserved if we could know the truth in the present As I read through Sarah Miller s historical review of the case I did find my mind did not change on the main question of did she do it I believe she did but that her sister was also involved in some way. Well written, not at all dry, really interesting and the author just reports the facts We ll never really know if Lizzie Borden actually killed her father and step mother Where is the murderer weapon, and why was all the focus on Lizzie and not her older sister Even the uncle and servant was a suspect Or were both sisters in on it With Murder, Court Battles, And Sensational Newspaper Headlines, The Story Of Lizzie Borden Is Compulsively Readable And Perfect For The Common Core Lizzie Borden Took An Axe, Gave Her Mother Forty Whacks When She Saw What She Had Done, She Gave Her Father Forty OneIn A Compelling, Linear Narrative, Miller Takes Readers Along As She Investigates A Brutal Crime The August 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 Lizzies Arrest And Subsequent Trial And Acquittal Comes From Sensationalized Newspaper Reports As Miller Sorts Fact From Fiction, And As A Legal Battle Gets Underway, A Gripping Portrait Of A Woman And A Town Emerges With Inserts Featuring Period Photos And Newspaper Clippingsand, Yes, Images From The Murder Scenereaders Will Devour This Nonfiction Book That Reads Like FictionA School Library Journal Best Best Book Of The YearSure To Be A Hit With True Crime Fans Everywhere School Library Journal, Starred

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