It seemed impossible that quiet, respectable Lizzie could have hacked her parents to death with an axe. But in 1893, she stood trial in perhaps the most famous murder case in American legal history.More
Lizzie Borden Took an Axe begins with the dark nursery rhyme ("Lizzie Borden gave her mother forty whacks") that was inspired by one of the most famous murder trials ever.
Edgar Lustgarten's dramatization takes us back to Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. A wealthy and tightfisted banker and his wife are found bludgeoned to death. Lizzie Borden, a 32-year-old spinster was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe. In this dramatization, listeners are presented theatrical scenes from the Bordens' family life and, later, various witnesses offering testimony at the trial, whose voices are run through reverb to evoke a large courtroom.
Lustgarten narrates this gripping story in an erudite British accent, but the key figures in the case speak in convincing New England accents.
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