From Lizzie Borden to Lorena Bobbitt: Violent Women and Gendered Justice

  title={From Lizzie Borden to Lorena Bobbitt: Violent Women and Gendered Justice},
  author={Jean S. Filetti},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={471 - 484}
On the morning of 4 August 1892, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Abby Durfee Borden and Andrew Jackson Borden were murdered with an axe in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Why did the case spark so much interest at the time? Why did throngs of people literally block the street gawking at the Borden residence? Why did the country’s leading newspaper devour and report the daily happenings in this small New England town? Why, a century later, are ‘‘whodunit?’’ novels, plays… Expand
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