Fall River Home, Family Tragedy, A Good Daughter, William H. Moody, Her Day In Court
Born July 19, 1860 (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Died June 2, 1927 (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Lizzie Borden was accused in the gruesome double homicide of her father and stepmother in 1892. The violent nature of the murders and the gender of the accused killer made the case a national sensation. The trial had all the elements of a media drama, ensuring the high profile case a place in American legal legend and folklore. Most people in the late nineteenth century could not accept that a woman from a socially prominent family might be capable of such a crime. The matter was settled in the court of public opinion long before it ever went to trial. Numerous books, plays, and movies have been devoted to the murders. More than a century after the Borden trial, the case remains one of the most notorious in American history.
For More Information
Hixson, Walter L. Murder, Culture and Injustice: Four Sensational Cases in American History. Akron, OH: The University of Akron Press, 2001.
Porter, Edwin H. The Fall River Tragedy: A History of the Borden Murders. Portland, ME: King Philip Publishing Company, 1985.
The Supreme Court of the United States: Its Beginnings and Its Justices— 1790–1991. Washington, DC: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, 1992.
"The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A Chronology." University of Missouri. http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/LizzieBorden/bordenchrono.html (accessed on August 15, 2004).
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