The Essential Lizzie Borden Books

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The Fall River Tragedy – 1893 by Edwin Porter

Facsimile transcription of Edwin H. Porter’s landmark book, first published in 1893. It was the first major work in the field of Borden studies. Includes all photographs from the original published copy.

The Trial of Lizzie Borden – 1937 by Edmund Pearson

This is another important work that includes great quantities of trial testimony, not generally found elsewhere, but criticized for his one-sided approach which favored Lizzie as the killer.

The Borden Murder Mystery – 1946 by Arthur Sherman Phillips

This book is an abstract from The Phillips History of Fall River (Fall River, MA: Dover Press, 1944-6, 3 vols.). Phillips was a junior member of Lizzie Borden’s defense team who always maintained a belief in her innocence.

The Mystery Unveiled – 1893 by Todd Lunday.

The full titled is The Mystery Unveiled: The Truth about the Borden Tragedy: Fresh Light That Must Be Convincing to All Readers. A 56-page pamphlet, published immediately after the trial, in which the writer concludes that, with Lizzie Borden acquitted and no other suspect substituted, nobody committed the murders. “Todd Lunday” is the nom de plume for a writer whose actual identity is still unknown.