LizzieBordenRoughDraft - Caitlin McGowan Professor Kegler...

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Caitlin McGowan March 29, 2011 Professor Kegler EN102 – Section 81 The Story of Lizzie Borden In 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused and went to trial for the killing of her father and stepmother with an axe. Back then, the identification of blood, fingerprints, or DNA did not exist. Therefore, there was no way of having physical evidence of the murder. Most of the trial was based on who Lizzie was as a person, how her family treated her, and the likelihood of her committing such a crime. In the end, she was found not guilty but her innocence has been questionable ever since. The New York Times news article Will Go to the Jury To-Day shows the legal aspect of the Lizzie Borden case. Lizzie’s lawyer, Mr. Robinson, and the prosecution, Mr. Knowlton, make their statements. Although this article is skewed towards the defense, it is a very reliable source because of all the given quotations and facts stated from primary sources. It is more like a legal document rather than an opinionated article. In Angela Carter’s short story, The Fall River Axe Murders, she described in detail the life of the Lizzie Borden and her family. We learned that thirty-year-old daddy’s little princess, Lizzie, hates her sluggish stepmother more than anything. Their
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