September 25, 2009

Lizzie Borden

Today I came across this Footnote Page about Lizzie Borden by Edward1026 which brought back memories of my college days and a professor I had who was an expert on the case.

I took a few minutes to see what I could find in contemporary newspaper reports and a few minutes was enough to find...

An Aug 13, 1892 San Francisco Chronicle report of the arraignment of Lizzie Borden, "charging her with the homicide and murder" of her father and stepmother, complete with illustrations.
Lizzie Pleads Not Guilty in Court.

Here's a similar report from the Aug 13, 1892 Atlanta Constitution
Lizzie in Jail

Two days later the Constitution took a stand on the case. You don't see statements like, "New England criminal justice is stupid and barbarous," too often in news reports these days.
The Atlanta Constitution Takes Sides on the Lizzie Borden Case

Here are reports of Lizzie Borden's acquittal from the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and Atlanta Constitution.
Lizzie is Free.

Lizzie Borden Free!

Lizzie Borden Free

Can you find something interesting about Lizzie Borden on Footnote?

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