Staff Pick: The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder at Fall River, Mass., 1892 by Rick Geary

 From goodreads.com:
"Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one!" In this third volume of Geary's Treasury, the famous Lizzie Borden double murder is explored with as much attention to well -researched detail as in his Jack the Ripper. This is another celebrated murder of last century, the one that lead to the infamous school rhyme.
The parallel between this old case and OJ Simpson's is striking: both defendants had unblemished reputations; the double murders were gruesome; there were no witnesses and no weapons found; the cases took the media by storm. Both wealthy defendants hired expensive lawyers who convinced the jury of reasonable doubt. Both remain under a cloud of suspicion...
Pick it: if you like YA that combines true crime, history, murder, and scandalous women in a graphic novel format (and then come talk to me!). 
Skip it: if you like more romance and less bloodshed in your Victorian era reading.
Pair with: any of Rick Geary's other Treasury of Victorian Murder books, like The Mystery of Mary Rogers - that story inspired Edgar Allan Poe. 
Reviewed by: Deena


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