The Fall River Tragedy


Read by Lynne T

(4.6 stars; 7 reviews)

The story of how Lizzie Borden supposedly murdered her parents has passed into American folklore, partly thanks to the albeit inaccurate playground rhyme, "Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41." Here we have the 'true' story, as reported by the local police reporter who attended the trial and lived only streets away from the Borden home with his young wife. After the trial, Porter 'disappeared' and it was widely speculated he had either been murdered or bribed to disappear in order to suppress the book. His reappearance some time later put paid to the first theory. After his death at age 39 from tuberculosis, a new theory emerged, that he had been away for treatment while keeping his illness secret. Meanwhile, the trial itself was noteworthy for several reasons: it was one of the first to be followed by nationwide press, providing a template for today's tabloid and cable coverage of major trials; it also had some distinguished personnel: one of the prosecutors, Frank Moody, later became the attorney general of the United States and was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Theodore Roosevelt; and Borden’s defense attorney, George Robinson, was the former governor of Massachusetts. The appearance of Professor Wood of Harvard University was an early use of an expert witness at trial. (13 hr 31 min)

Chapters

Preface 2:53 Read by Lynne T
Discovery of the Murders 28:44 Read by Lynne T
Police Searching the Premises 14:57 Read by Lynne T
The Borden Family 7:08 Read by Lynne T
Hiram C. Harrington’s Story 7:36 Read by Lynne T
The Search of the House 7:53 Read by Lynne T
The Funeral 5:28 Read by Lynne T
A Reward Offered 15:21 Read by Lynne T
A Sermon on the Murders 15:17 Read by Lynne T
Theories Advanced 11:07 Read by Lynne T
Chapter X 25:33 Read by Lynne T
Miss Lizzie Borden Arrested 19:53 Read by Lynne T
Lizzie Borden Pleads 'Not Guilty' 25:17 Read by Lynne T
The Preliminary Hearing Adjourned 36:15 Read by Lynne T
Dr. Dolan Cross-Examined 7:26 Read by Lynne T
Second Day of the Trial 21:44 Read by Lynne T
Third and Fourth Days of the Trial 21:39 Read by Lynne T
Fifth Day of the Trial 27:02 Read by Lynne T
Sixth Day of the Trial 21:50 Read by Lynne T
District Attorney Knowlton’s Argument. 20:23 Read by Lynne T
Lizzie A. Borden Indicted 6:52 Read by Lynne T
The Trickey-McHenry Affair 35:37 Read by Lynne T
Beginning of the Superior Court Trial 1:01:08 Read by Lynne T
Third Day of the Trial 6:30 Read by Lynne T
Fourth Day of the Trial 16:59 Read by Lynne T
Fifth Day of the Trial 7:58 Read by Lynne T
Seventh Day of the Trial 4:14 Read by Lynne T
Eighth and Ninth Days of the Trial 2:22 Read by Lynne T
Tenth Day of the Trial 9:52 Read by Lynne T
Eleventh Day of the Trial 32:32 Read by Lynne T
Twelfth Day of the Trial Part 1 52:54 Read by Lynne T
Twelfth Day of the Trial Part 2 57:26 Read by Lynne T
Twelfth Day of the Trial Part 3 52:05 Read by Lynne T
District Attorney Knowlton’s Plea Part 1 53:46 Read by Lynne T
District Attorney Knowlton’s Plea Part 2 43:48 Read by Lynne T
Judge Dewey’s Charge to the Jury 23:59 Read by Lynne T

Reviews

(5 stars)

Brilliant....great listen....I just kept wanting to know all the facts...and they are all there...Brilliant reader too, well done 👍

(5 stars)

Very well read and interesting story.