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One August Morning: The True Story of Lizzie Borden by Troy Taylor

Lizzie Borden took an axe...or did she?

Lizzie Borden is a name that has lived in infamy. As everyone knows, she’s the young woman who “took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks” and then “gave her father 41”. Everyone seems to know the rhyme, but most people don’t know the truth behind the grim story of one of America’s most famous unsolved murders. In this new entry in the “Dead Men Do Tell Tales” series, author Troy Taylor delves into the true story of the Borden Murders, revealing what really happened on that morning in August 1892, how Lizzie was hounded by the police, prosecutors, and reporters, and then finally acquitted - yet always believed to be guilty. Was she a murderer or truly innocent? Did she swing the hatchet that killed her parents, or was Lizzie simply part of a plot that accidentally led to murders committed by a madman? You’ll have the chance to decide for yourself as the suspects are revealed, the conspiracies unveiled, and the strange circumstances of this haunting case are presented.

Forget everything you already think you know about this compelling case and discover what did - and what did not - happen in the story of Lizzie Borden! What dark secrets have never been told? What happened in the grim aftermath of the murder trial? Do the spirits of the dead still linger in the house where the Bordens were killed? You’ll find these answers and more and you’ll never look at this chilling story in the same way again!

©2015-2020 Troy Taylor (P)2020 Troy Taylor

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Finally on Audible

As a resident of the St. Louis Metro area I have read several of Troy's books, and have met him and visited his shop. I am so happy to see at least one of his books finally on Audible. I have been strangely drawn to the Borden murders since I was a child, and Troy presents a very well researched story. After listening, I have a new perspective as to who could have done it, at least in my opinion. Charles Huddleston does an excellent job reading it as well.

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Excellent! Finally a theory that makes sense!

Finally a theory that makes sense of ALL the facts! I still need to do my own research as to some of the aspects mentioned in the book but it gives a lot of information which is often not mentioned. Especially when it comes to the incriminating facts. For example, one of the most damning pieces of evidence in my mind was Lizzie's claim that she had been in the barn's hayloft at the time her father was killed but an inspecting police officer found evidence in the hayloft suggesting no one had been up there for a long time as there was a considerable layer of dust up there that was undisturbed. What I didn't know was that this officer was proven to be lying on the stand at the trial. In fact two officers were! The book offers a theory on who really killed the Bordens and as far as I can see the theory takes into account ALL of the facts. While it can't be proven the theory IF true leaves very few if any unanswered questions. If the theory is true Lizzie was in fact NOT GUILTY of the murders but she was also NOT INNOCENT in that she knew who had committed the murders (and likely so did Emma) and was protecting him as he was her half brother who suffered from mental illness, William Borden. Did you you Andrew Borden had an illegitimate son whom he refused to acknowledge? William Borden was not only Andrew's son and not only was he mentally ill, but he also was known to always carry a hatchet! In fact he was observed by others to even talk to it! Anyway, the author explains everything better than I do, go check it out.

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THE END WAS BORING....

TO MUCH REPEATING OF THE SAME DETAILS WAS ... OK NOT GREAT... DID NOT KEEP ME AT THE EDGE OF MY SEAT

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Love it!

I felt like it was well researched and brought to light the full story. He also presents a compelling case for the real killer through the fog of city corruption and bias. Very interesting take on history.

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Circular logic abounds

Narration is great, but the author has a clear confirmation bias and uses some questionable, self-contradictory and circular logic throughout. For example, he asserts that Lizzie couldn’t have done the murders, as Bridget heard her laughing upstairs. (A murderer wouldn’t be laughing so carelessly or joyfully.) He goes on to say that it was actually the true murderer upstairs laughing, so it couldn’t have been Lizzie who committed the crime. It gets pretty frustrating.

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New Information and Complete History

Absolutely the best history about Lizzy and all the Bordens! A lot of new information and who done it theory. A must in true crime legacy, you won't be disappointed

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Fresh look at old crime

I have always been fascinated by the macabre and gruesome classic American murder. This is the fullest, most complete, and detailed account of the Lizzie Borden case. I happen to have met a member of the Borden family at work who assures me she was indeed responsible. Nevertheless, the reader will appreciate the authors lucid and vivid prose as he dissects this famous hatchet murder.

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I throughly enjoyed this boo and the narrator. One I will definitely listen to again and again.

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A great performance and an enjoyable book.

I have never heard this theory of this tale, but I can agree with it. It was believable and interesting.
The narrative was amazing. This mans voice is gift and he has trained it well. I'm would recommend this to anyone who enjoys true crime stories.
I love different opinions on old crimes... it is great.

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Interesting take on an interesting story

Despite the urban legends, the children's rhyme, and the cold chill at the mere mention of the Borden Murders, few authors/researchers do as well at getting inside the case as Troy Taylor. As with his other works, his passion and ethic are on full display here. This is a fantastic read/listen.

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  • 01-09-21

Persecution of a innocent woman

This is a sad, gruesome and cruel story of Lizzie Bordan and her persecution over her father and step mothers brutal murder. The true story of police misconduct, fake news by the tabloids and the general crualty of a town that ostracized a woman even though she was completely cleared off any crime.

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  • Lumpen-Doodle
  • 09-25-20

Entertaining story, but.....

I bought this to ‘flesh out’ the trial transcripts I’m reading, but found some of the theories, and treatment of the prosecution a bit too ‘personal’. I found myself shouting at the reader, “but, you missed....” or “you’re putting too much emphasis on...” not forgetting “how do you know they thought that”.

As a read, yes, it is worthwhile, but I felt there was too much surmising going on, and a tad ‘massaging’ of facts, with some of the alternative scenarios feeling just over complicated.