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Arrest and Trial of Lizzie Borden: Topics in Chronicling America

Lizzie Borden was arrested August 11, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. This guide provides access to material related to “Lizzie Borden” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Lizzie Borden on Trial: A Murder Care That Excites National Interest.  June 16, 1893, Fisherman & Farmer  (Edenton, North Carolina), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Lizzie Borden is arrested for the murder of her father, Andrew, and stepmother, Abby, on August 11, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Following a grand jury indictment, Lizzie Borden went on trial for the murders in June of 1893. Although acquitted of the charges against her, the question of whether Lizzie Borden committed the murders remains to this day. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


August 4, 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden are murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts.
August 11, 1892 Lizzie Borden is arrested in Fall River for the murder of her father and stepmother.
June 5, 1893 The trial begins in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
June 20, 1893 Lizzie Borden is found not guilty and acquitted.