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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.

Publisher's Summary

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.
©1976 Edgar Lustgarten (P)1976 Ivan and Inge Berg

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THEE Unsolved Murder Of The Century


I LOVE the format of this *oldie but goodie* audiobook - presented in a style akin to an old school "play", with parts overdubbed by the narrator as if he were an invisible spectator actually observing the unfolding scenes. His voice has a great tone...serious, slightly brit and scholarly mature. The additional actors voices are not bad either. Normally with multiple narrators, there is ALWAYS ONE that ends up being annoying as heck spoiling everything, but this had none. There was also additional sound effects to enhance some of the settings. I really wished it were much longer, as it was quite enjoyable to listen to. I loved it. It was like listening to a bedtime story - for grownups. Lol.

Well over a hundred plus years later, surely everyone is familiar with the Lizzie Borden case...older spinster, two murdered parents, no one else really around to have done it but her. Having read numerous books on this, I did not glean any "new to me" information, and truthfully, I wasn't really expecting any either, so I'm not at all disappointed. Even now, crime/mystery buffs STILL debate that age old question "did she or didn't she?" since she was found NOT guilty at trial. However, as we all know by now, acquittal does NOT necessarily mean that one DIDN'T do it. Lol. Hence, the big mystery remains. So, for those of you that want to take another nostalgic spin around the Borden Murders block, it's a pleasant little true crime ride.

I absolutely plan on listening to some of the other ones done by this narrator (small series called "Famous Trials"). Because they are rather short (an hourish or so) - they are wonderfully perfect for a quickie crime fix - and are fairly cheap for those lean times in between buying more credits. Hahahaaa

One teensy weensy complaint...there seems to be just a couple of little audio glitches, sort of like a very minor quick skip/gap - but I don't believe any of the story gets lost during that. I redownloaded this and it was still there. Not bad enough to make me wanna grab an axe though. Minus'ing 1 star for that.

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 02-27-18

I had heard of this trail

It was fascinating to hear what was said at the trail. Thats what I like about this Famous Trials series. The narration and atmosphere is very in keeping with the Trails.

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Lizzie

An account unexplained. Insufficient proof provided innocence for one which did so much for society.

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  • John
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 03-06-16

A Story Never Forgotten

Engaging! Keeps you spellbound until the very end. Did Lizzie do it? Find out in this great dramatic telling of one of the best known American murder stories.

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