Episode 30: The Trial of Lizzie Borden Discussion, sharing our theories on the case and impressions of the book

Today we’re discussing our April buddy read, The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson. We talk about what we think of the case, the trial, and the Gilded Age gender politics. Considering the book is about a famous historical crime, this episode is pretty much spoiler-free. With plenty of sidetracking, book recommendations, and general nerding out, you can listen to the episode without having read the book. Be sure to tell us your thoughts on the Borden murders, recent Game of Thrones episodes, and what you’re reading lately!

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Show Notes:

The Trial of Lizzie Borden audiobook

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark audiobook

Borden crime scene photos

Smart Guy Disney, Lizzie Borden Episode

Serial Season 1

Making a Murderer

Sherlock Holmes

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton


  1. Anne Rajagopal on May 9, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Hi-I really love listening to your podcast. There is such a nice, easy flow to the conversation and a lovely rapport so evident between the two of you.
    And the topic,books, is of course one of my favorites.
    Coincidentally, I just finished reading a book about this case (found on the free cart at our local library), titled: A Private Disgrace and subtitled, Lizzie
    Borden by Daylight. It was written by Victoria Lincoln. Lincoln is a graduate of Radcliffe who grew up in the same town as Lizzie and knew her. She gives
    a meticulous but (almost always) fascinating account of everything to do with the case including Lizzie Borden’s childhood, her relationship with her parents etc.
    By the time you finish this book, you will have no doubts as to who the culprit was. You will also have a much more informed view of life in small New England towns in the late 1800’s.

    • Chelsey on May 14, 2019 at 10:37 am

      That sounds great! Thank you for listening and sharing the book rec!

  2. Glenda on May 19, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Hi love your podcast and looking forward to the next episode!

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