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.
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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!
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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.