A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden By Daylight

A Private Disgrace Lizzie Borden By Daylight On a stiflingly hot August morning in Lizzie Borden of Fall River Massachusetts chopped her stepmother to death with an ax An hour and a half later she killed her father the same way Although

  • Title: A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden By Daylight
  • Author: VictoriaLincoln
  • ISBN: 9780809493586
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On a stiflingly hot August morning in 1892 Lizzie Borden, of Fall River, Massachusetts, chopped her stepmother to death with an ax An hour and a half later, she killed her father the same way Although the story has been told by those least qualified to do so outsiders and men Now, for the first time, this famous American crime is examined by someone with all the propOn a stiflingly hot August morning in 1892 Lizzie Borden, of Fall River, Massachusetts, chopped her stepmother to death with an ax An hour and a half later, she killed her father the same way Although the story has been told by those least qualified to do so outsiders and men Now, for the first time, this famous American crime is examined by someone with all the proper credentials Victoria Lincoln is a native of Fall River and thus knows the never revealed inside story of the crime that insular community regarded as its private disgrace she is a woman, and as she convincingly demonstrates, the Borden murders and their solution can be fully understood only by a fellow woman.Miss Lincoln comes up with startling new findings in her penetrating analysis of the crime Among them the hitherto unknown motive for the killings a secret no one but an inhabitant of Fall River, Massachusetts, ever could possibly disclose a startling new hypothesis to account for Lizzie s celebrated peculiar spells that casts new light on how the crime was committed and the place where Lizzie hid the dress she was wearing at the time of the murders a mystery that has been plaguing criminologists for years.

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      VICTORIA LINCOLN was born in 1904 in Fall River, Massachusetts, where she lived until she graduated from the B.M.C Durfee public high school in 1922 She majored in English at Radcliffe College, married the scion of a well to do Southern family, divorced, and later married Victor Lowe, a professor of philosophy whose primary interest was in the work of Alfred North Whitehead They settled in Balti, Maryland She had one child from her first marriage and two from her second.Miss Lincoln wrote many essays and short stories for women s magazines and several novels including February Hill an early success in 1934 and Charles 1962 about Charles Dickens.After many years of wanting to write about Lizzie Borden, and despite advice that the market for books on Lizzie was saturated, she decided that her unique perspective on the murders deserved a hearing A PRIVATE DISGRACE received an Edgar as the best non fiction crime book of 1967 from the Mystery Writers of America In 1981 Miss Lincoln died in her home in Balti She was 76.

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    1. Victoria Lincoln wrote A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden by Daylight in 1967. As a native of Fall River, Massachutes, Lizzie's hometown and scene of the horrific 1893 murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, she grew up fascinated by Lizzie's story. Her research was slow and inhibited by Fall River's ongoing shame at it's grisly notoriety. Over one hundred years later public opinion is still divided over Ms Borden's guilt or innocence.As Miss Lincoln hails from Fall River, she does offer unique insigh [...]

    2. I have read a lot of books on Lizzie Borden but had somehow missed this one, written in 1967 by a woman who grew up in Fall River, practically next door to Lizzie. She has some interesting theories and the book is very well-researched and well-written. I like that she wastes no time trying to prove Lizzie innocent; her theory as to why Lizzie did it is very believable, and her coverage of the trial makes it clear how (and why) Lizzie literally got away with murder. A very good read even for peop [...]

    3. Great book to get your feet wet with the Borden mystery!Ms.Lincoln would have us believe she knew Lizzie much more personally than she actually did and that she lived much closer to her when Lizzie moved into Maplecroft after the murders. In fact, she lived several houses away and was a child during her few encounters with Lizzie. I do believe she had some useful insight into the townspeople, their thoughts on the crimes and how Lizzie was regarded in the town. She certainly grew up hearing the [...]

    4. Victoria Lincoln, like Arnold Brown (Lizzie Borden: The Legend, the Truth, the Final Chapter), was a native of Fall River. More than that, she lived a block away from Lizzie Borden as a child and thus remembers both her and the society that created her. You don't have to agree with Lincoln to find her insights into Fall River's tightly closed upper class community--and its effects on Lizzie Borden--illuminating.There are odd points at which Brown and Lincoln agree; for instance, they both argue [...]

    5. When I was a young girl, I checked a book on Lizzie Borden out of our hometown library. I vividly remember the smell of the book, mustiness and old library glue, because it somehow transported me to an old house in the late 1890's. I can't remember the title, or it's reasoning but I came away from the reading convinced that she was innocent. After reading A Private Disgrace, I've had to amend that belief. Ms. Lincoln presents facts of the investigation and trial using police & legal sources [...]

    6. Victoria Lincoln was a young girl in Fall River, MA, and knew Lizzie Borden. There are a lot of interesting details here, but Lincoln's writing style rambles a bit too much. She also tries, and fails, to lend an air of clever yet profound insight to some of her passages that was irksome.

    7. That was a long slog for very little information. The book was promoted to me as a wonderful insight into Lizzie Borden and the murders because the author grew up near Lizzie. She talks about knowing Lizzie as a child because they were neighbors. I should have done more checking before grabbing the book.While Lincoln may have had some insight into Fall River, it's an insight into a town at least 12 years past the murders, and by the time Lincoln was old enough to grasp things, it was even older. [...]

    8. At this point it's easy to think that there is little that could be added to the Borden case, but this book does manage to put a few ideas out that might not have been gone over multiple times. The author brings up some points, particularly regarding women's fashions of the day, that cast the case in a somewhat new light. As the case was entirely investigated and decided by men, due to the era in which the murders occurred, it is entirely believable that these men were ignorant of the finer poin [...]

    9. So. Much. Info. Repeated. So. Many. Times.Here's the gist:"Lizzie Borden took an axe,And, suffering an epileptic attack, Her step-mother's head received some whacks,I'm not even making this up.And when she saw what she had doneShe cleaned her axe and waited someTill her beloved dad appearedAnd she hacked him to death so he wouldn't be disappointed in her. I'm not even making this up."

    10. "Patricide on a Summer’s Day” Over a century since Fall River’s most heinous crime the public remains still fascinated; there are many boos available to amateur sleuths and various legal transcripts to consult. Most forensics experts agree that it was the 3rd daughter, Lizzie, who butchered her parents with an axe, yet this book offers more detailed explanation and investigation into the psychological mindset and probable motivation of much-maligned Lizzie, and other characters in this gri [...]

    11. I sought out this book as part of a "project" to read the "honor roll" of 10 classic crime stories listed by James Hitchcock in an American Scholar essay "Murder as One of the Liberal Arts" which I photocopied years ago, probably in the 1990s. By classic, Hitchcock means a crime story which has endured and remained of interest over the years usually because some mystery still surrounds the case.I think this book presumes some prior knowledge of the case, although if you keep focus through the wh [...]

    12. I take all biographies with a grain of salt and this includes stories of true murder. This book has the advantage that the author lived at the time the murders happened, and not only that, she lived in the same city and "knew" Lizzie. However, the forensics being what they were at the time, she is not able to present conclusive evidence and should that be the case, Lizzie would have been found guilty :-) Another thing medicine was in its infant shoes too. I have NEVER heard of full frontal epile [...]

    13. I first read A Private Disgrace in law school while preparing for a mock trial. Victoria Lincoln has walked that fine line between accurately telling the facts she uncovered via meticulous research and telling a tale that is interesting (unlike the other horrid books we were assigned). She tells her tale like a Homerian bard might sing a song to a king; history and fact intertwined with just enough human interest to make it feel more like you have the inside scoop on some juicy gossip rather tha [...]

    14. An aunt who made it her mission to encourage young people to read let me borrow her copy of this book when I was in high school. I had seen the TV movie version of this story, and I was scared to death of the book as a result. I dug in, nevertheless. I was glad I did because I loved the narrative. Victoria Lincoln draws a portrait of late-19th century mores in New England at the same time she creates a vivid portrait of a woman acquitted of a crime she very likely committed. It's as gruesome as [...]

    15. Interesting, unsettling. Downrright scary in light of Casey Anthony's very recent acquittal, and of course OJ. Makes me truly wonder at our legal process. The book is easy to read, though the construction is often circuitous, felt like reading Jane Austen, including the moments of wit. More than I ever really wanted to know about Lizzie Borden, read it as a recommendation from another book, probably would have found it less interesting but for the timing. Or maybe more so, it wouldn't have been [...]

    16. This was an interesting insight on this classic unsolved mystery. The author was from Fall River and contributed some fascinating information on the character of the town and its inhabitants. She also included newly released information from the inquest and I found myself even more convinced as to the perpetrator. I was a little put off by some of the first person opinion and commentary, but it didn't detract from the book.

    17. Some interesting information from a woman who grew up just a few doors away from Lizzie Borden, and could comment knowledgeably on the local personages, the layout of the house, quirks of dress and language, etc. But, and for me it was a big but, the writing style is so dull.Lincoln makes much of Borden lacking imagination, and being completely unable to interest a court room with her version of event, yet the same could be said of her writing! It put me to sleep three nights in a row.

    18. DNF. The library wants this one back, but I may eventually finish it. Lincoln's medical theories about Lizzie are dated, but she has some interesting insights into the personalities involved--as a Fall River native, she knew the elderly Lizzie as a child and her relatives knew Andrew and Abby Borden.

    19. While providing a wonderful examination of what life was like in a small New England town at the turn of the last century including the relationships between different classes and communities I must admit that the book left me more perplexed than ever as to why the Borden case has remained so fascinating to so many for all these years.

    20. AWESOME, RIVETING read! Thanks to Charlaine Harris for referring to this work in one of her Aurora Teagarden mysteries. Ms. Lincoln grew up in the same town, and although she only knew Lizzie after her acquittal, she is able to provide the reader with an extraordinarily in-depth analysis.

    21. The book is interesting, well researched & gives a potential reason for some of Lizzie's odder behaviors. As in any book about this case nothing can be proved, but Lincoln presents a convincing case.

    22. This book was recommended for deletion from our public library but after reading it I think it should stay. Lincoln tries to make herself more familiar with Lizzie Borden on a personal level than I think she was, but still an interesting read.

    23. I enjoy reading true crime books, and this did not disappoint. In fact, it is written by a woman whose family knew Lizzie and and lived in the same area at the same time. She has a unique perspective on the evidence and the social subtext of the period. Fascinating read.

    24. Very interesting. I originally started reading this as research for a story I'm writing in which Lizzie Borden esque atmosphere is needed, then I got genuinely interested in her story. I'm not sure, but I think she did it

    25. Waste of valuable time This book was ALL OVER the place. Everything was repeated over and over, using different names for the characters throughout the story. It was also quite unremarkable.

    26. Did not finish, it seems interesting, but I just could not read it. Maybe I will pick it up and try again another day.

    27. Did Lizzie Borden murder her parents? This author believes Lizzie had epileptic seizures during which she committed the murders and explains the motive. Fascinating.

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