The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson

Take a step back into the gilded age with The Trial of Lizzie Borden.  We all know the story of the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden, an elderly couple hacked to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts in August 1892.  This book goes beyond the murders and takes a deep dive into the arrest and trial of Lizzie Borden.

Cara Robertson gives the reader a front row seat in the courtroom for one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. We get to know lawyers for the prosecution and defense. The author introduces us to the crime scene investigation techniques of the late 19th century through law enforcement and famous medical professionals of the day. We are transported back in time where wealthy society ladies were simply not capable of murder.  Everyone had an opinion about Lizzie Borden’s guilt or innocence.  Was she a cold blooded murderer or an unjustly persecuted lady?

This work of nonfiction is definitely a page turner and will appeal to readers interested in true crime stories as well as American history.

Reviewed by Melissa McCarthy, Zauel Library