The Lizzie Edition

In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of America’s greatest murder mystery, True Crime Historian brings you “The Lizzie Edition,” and in-depth look at the murder of Andrew J. Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892, and the trial of his daughter Lizzie Borden the following June.

Part I: Butchered in Broad Day

The town of Fall River, Massachusetts, reels when a prominent businessman and his wife are found brutally murdered in their own home. With no weapon and no obvious motive, police try to determine if the murderer was an intruder or a member of the household. August 4-8, 1892.

Part II: The Hunt Progresses

The surviving members of the Borden household are being held as prisoners in their own home, even while officials literally take it apart searching for clues. Yet they remain mum on the contents of the ongoing inquest, leaving ample room for speculation.

Part III: Lizzie Has Been Arrested

Still in the middle of the inquest, Fall River officials finally feel as though they have enough evidence to make an arrest for the murder of Andrew J. Borden. She is sent to the jail in Taunton, Mass., where the matron turns out to be an old family friend.

Part IV: The Great Borden Hearing Begun

While Lizzie Borden waits in the Taunton jail for her preliminary hearing to see if she is to go on trial for the murder of her father and stepmother, the community’s sympathy is expressed in interviews to people close to her and the appearance of “a wild-eyed man” ready to take the blame from her shoulders.

We will continue “The Lizzie Edition” in June 2018, the 125th anniversary of the famous trial of Lizzie Borden.

Theme music “My Ain Countrie” by Mary Lee Demarest, 1861, performed by Davide Severi with Plava Kuca on Violin.
Media Management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun

Dedicated to Rachel Michelle Jones, whose enthusiasm for the case prompted this monumental treatment.