Cara Robertson began researching the Borden case as a Harvard undergraduate in 1990. She holds a PhD from Oxford University and a JD from Stanford Law School. She clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States, served as a legal adviser to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, and has written for various publications. Her scholarship has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center, of which she is a Trustee. The Trial of Lizzie Borden is her first book.
"A fascinating and definitive account of the notorious trial of
Lizzie Borden, the woman accused of the brutal murder of her father
and her stepmother. Beautifully written and rich in detail, The
Trial of Lizzie Borden sheds new light not only on the trial
itself, but also on the setting, the period, and, in a sense, on
the American soul at the end of the nineteenth century.
--Lawrence M. Friedman, Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law,
"A fast-paced, page-turning read." --Booklist, starred review
"Enthralling...[Robertson] reopens the case and presents the evidence afresh, all those alluring details out of an Agatha Christie novel (the mystery of Lizzie's burned dress, the curious disappearance of a hatchet handle). The reader is to serve as judge and jury." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
"Robertson presents the story with the thoroughness one expects from an attorney...Fans of crime novels will love it." --Kirkus Review
"The definitive account to date of one of America's most notorious and enduring murder mysteries...a superior, page-turning true crime narrative." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"You won't be disappointed." --Hello Giggles
"A fascinating social history." --Mary Higgins Clark, bestselling author of I've Got My Eyes on You
"The Trial of Lizzie Borden is a taut, understated masterpiece: the rare history book that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Cara Robertson scours the Trial of the (Nineteenth) Century with the perseverance of a scholar, the gimlet eye of a detective, and the elegance of a novelist. As she depicts the Borden murders and the young lady accused of committing them, Robertson reveals the seething class, ethnic, and gendered tensions that roiled the glittering surface of the Gilded Age." --Jane Kamensky, author of A Revolution in Color and the Jonathan Trumball Professor of American History at Harvard University
"With deft storytelling and convincing scholarship, Cara Robertson does the seemingly impossible by bringing new life to perhaps our oldest true-crime saga: the Gilded Age case of Lizzie Borden. By giving us Fall River, Massachusetts, in full and in context, as well as the panoply of characters who made the trial so sensational, Robertson has written that rarest of things: a page-turner with a point." --Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America