Lizzie Borden Murders Under Scrutiny At Holden Library

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Did Lizzie Borden really take an ax to her father and stepmother? The Gale Free Library in Holden will hold a program investigating the murder on Jan. 17. Photo Credit: Contributed

HOLDEN, Mass. — On a fateful day in August 1892, Andrew and Abbie Borden were brutally murdered in their Fall River home when "Lizzie Borden took an ax" — or did she?

On Jan. 17,  Holden's Gale Free Library will put the infamous murder under scrutiny with the program "Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues," a one-hour, in-depth retelling of the famous double homicide.

Historian, educator, and writer Christopher Daley will recount the police investigation, examine and describe the evidence, present testimony and give the facts about what actually happened the night of the murder.

Daley has researched the case utilizing archival materials, period newspapers and photographs to create the presentation.

Following the summary of the grand jury hearings and trial, various theories will be set forth and the question of who actually committed the murder will be put to the audience for further discussion.

Daley has been lecturing on historical topics for almost 20 years, including President Lincoln’s assassination, the Roaring Twenties and the plight of Boston’s Irish immigrants.

More information about Daley can be found on his website.

The program, which is sponsored by The Friends of Gale Free Library, is free to the public. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Gale Free Library, 23 Highland St.

For more information about "Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues," call 508-210-5569 or stop by the library's reference desk.


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