Resources

The documents and research contained in this portion of the Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum and Library are intended to assist the Lizzie Borden historian, student, and enthusiast in their search for truth and a greater understanding of the elusive elements that comprise the Borden Murder case. So much false information has been published in regards to the Borden family, the facts related to the murders, and the details surrounding the events, that it is up to modern researchers and scholars to right those printed wrongs.

Most notably, as recently as 1993, some 101 years after the murders, Borden scholar Edward Thibault finally put to rest the “hot day myth” with his groundbreaking essay in The Lizzie Borden Quarterly entitled “That Sticky Weather Issue.” After reviewing various sources and court documents regarding the temperature on 4 August 1892, Thibault concluded that while there was a heat wave the week before the murders, the temperatures on the day of the murders were not higher than 80 degrees!

This discovery lead to other questions — why did the key players in the case testify untruthfully about the weather and were they so influenced by the prosecution’s insistence on the heat wave that they deviated from the truth? In 1997, the late William Schley-Ulrich addressed these very queries in an insightful essay in The Lizzie Borden Quarterly entitled “Weather We Don’t: Just How Hot Was it?”

Alongside the wealth of material offered at this site, there is also treasure to be found in the great researched articles that were the hallmark of the quality publication, The Lizzie Borden Quarterly. Published by Dr. Gabriela Adler and Bristol Community College in Fall River, and expertly edited by Maynard Bertolet, it is recommended reading for any serious student of the crimes. Two annotated bibliographies of the contents of this amazing journal are provided here alongside a massive annotated and comprehensive bibliography of the case, all created by professional bibliographer and indexer Stefani Koorey.

Currently, the most authoritative writings on the Borden Murders of 1892 and its peripheral issues is found in The Hatchet: A Journal of Lizzie Borden & Victorian America. Founded in 2003, after the demise of the LBQ, The Hatchet is a scholary online magazine that publishes authors from around the globe. If you want to really know what is new in Borden studies, including up to date finds and discoveries, research and theories, The Hatchet is your must read.

The Resources area also provides a carefully edited list of web links, arranged by subject, for further investigation.

The most valuable resource on the Internet for Borden research is the substantial collection of primary source and case-related books and essays for download. Viewing these transcripts, documents, books, and essays requires that you have a free Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer. Details on how to obtain the reader is provided as well.

Finally, the section of Press Reports contains transcribed articles from various papers of the day, offering a wealth of information about not only the Borden case, but the style and techniques of newspaper reporting in the 1890s. As a word of warning, yellow journalism was in its heyday then, so the material in this section must be read with this caveat: “Reader Beware!” Do not consider the news reports of the day to be accurate. It is wise to compare these news reports with the primary source material before arriving at any conclusions.