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A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden by Daylight: (A True Crime Fact Account of the Lizzie Borden Ax Murders) Kindle Edition

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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 Baltimore, 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 Baltimore. She was 76.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Seraphim Press; Third Reprinting edition (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AA2VXYU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book seems to start out with a mission to explain Lizzie's 40+ whacks by reference to a theory of a form of epilepsy. I don't know whether the writer was, perhaps, warned that the theory, as an explanation for what Lizzie surely did, just would not fly. But it did not seem to me that she made much effort in the latter parts of the book to sustain it. Instead the main interest for me in this intriguing book is the fact that the author was herself a resident (not quite contemporaneously with Liz) of the Mass. town where the crime was committed & claims knowledge of local gossip of the kind that is cherished by the distaff side. She has some trenchant observations on how susceptible the all-male jury were to the sleight-of hand tricks used so successfully by the defence team: with the implication that a true New England matron would have seen through it all. As she correctly says, the defence were by these means able to convince the jury that the whereabouts of the axe itself was a mystery: whereas it seems clear that the police did indeed find the axe in circumstances which, moreover, showed an attempt by a guilty insider to conceal the fact that it had been employed to see off Mr & Mrs B. I have read quite a bit of the Lizzie literature over the years (mainly because my favourite author, the pawky Edinburgh lawyer Wm. Roughhead professed to enjoy the case so greatly): but I have never had any doubt that Lizzie "dunnit" & that she had very few redeeming features, to boot.
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The author had the unique perspective of, not only knowing the people, and the ways of fall river, but she also knew Lizzie herself. This gives a good insight from the people around at the time who knew the family. A good read.
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Well written by someone who actually comes from the same town as Lizzie Borden and knew her in her later years. Very interesting account of all the facts and the writer's opinion of what really happened.
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Excellent book with interesting if unproven theory.Very well written in a no nonsense very readable style,highly recommend.
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