The Trial of Lizzie Borden

Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law


"Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one." Actually the Bordens received only 29 whacks, not the 81 suggested by the famous ditty, but the popularity of the poem is a testament to the public's fascination with the 1893 murder trial of Lizzie Borden. The source of that fascination might lie in the almost unimaginably brutal nature of the crime - given the sex, background, and age of the defendant - or in the jury's acquittal of Lizzie in the face of prosecution evidence that most historians today find compelling.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, Lizzie, Borden, Axe, Whacks, Murder, Fall River

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42

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Date posted: October 23, 2007  

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Linder, Douglas, The Trial of Lizzie Borden (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1023970 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1023970

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Douglas Linder (Contact Author)
University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States
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