Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe...

Lizzie Borden took an axe... 

The real question yet debated after she was found Not Guilty is - did she or didn't she?

Countless theories abound on whether she did it and why, if others committed the gruesome murders, or was she covering for someone else?

Numerous books also have come out with different theories, including my upcoming book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, which offers its own take on the murders --- Lizzie did commit the crimes- because she had no other choice.

So I thought I'd compile a list of some of the books and their theories. And yes, besides the books that simply retell the story, most of the books do seem to find her more guilty than innocent, at least in what I've found so far. I'll probably add more at a later date.

What do you think? 

The Theories:


* Not Guilty:  

* That she was covering for someone:

 Lizzie Borden: The Legend, the Truth, the Final Chapter  - Arnold Brown, 1992

* That a woman couldn't do it: 

Lizzie Borden on Trial: Murder, Ethnicity, and Gender - Joseph A. Conforti, 2015


* Guilty:

* Dysfunction and domestic violence drove her to it:

 Lizzie Borden - Elizabeth Engstrom, 2011

* Thwarted desires and rage:

The Secrets of Lizzie Borden  - Brandy Purdy, Jan. 2016

* She did something that drove her staunchest supporter  - her sister - away:

Sisterly Love: The Saga of Lizzie and Emma Borden -  Jordan Bollinger, 2014

* She was a Liar:

One August Morning: The True Story of Lizzie Borden  - Troy Taylor, 2015

* She was a sociopath:

A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden by Daylight  - Victoria Lincoln, 2012

* She Had No Choice:

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter - C.A. Verstraete, 2016, 2018

Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an ax and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.
 * NOW OUT! New 2nd edition & new cover of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter!

* Lizzie Borden was declared Not Guilty of the murders of her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby Durfee Borden, on June 20, 1893.  See a full timeline of events at the Fall River Herald News.

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