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The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder at Fall River, Mass., 1892 (A Treasury of Victorian Murder) Paperback – September 1, 1997
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Rick Geary received quite a bit of critical praise for his Jack the Ripper volume of A Treasury of Victorian Murder, and rightfully so. The Borden Tragedy (the third volume in the series), is no less impressive. Based on the famous 19th-century Lizzie Borden double murder, this comic-book version of the event is supposedly excerpted and adapted from the unpublished writings of an unknown woman from the Borden's hometown of Fall River. The narrator, a friend of Lizzie Borden, is intent on finding out all of the facts behind such a grizzly butchering. We are taken through meticulously researched evidence, all stunningly illustrated by Geary, but Geary leaves us without taking a strong stand one way or the other. As an extra treat, the back cover includes a list of comparisons between Lizzie Borden and O. J. Simpson.
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Comics artist Geary returns with another typically superlative work, the third in his series, A Treasury of Victorian Murder. As in his Jack the Ripper, Geary uses a fictional narrator to present a stylish, painstakingly researched treatment of the gruesome 1892 ax-murders of Abby and Andrew Borden in Falls River, Mass., and of the investigation, trial, and public and media spectacle that followed. The unsolved Borden murders have passed into folklore ("Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother forty whacks") and the question of Lizzie's guilt (she was acquitted but remained under suspicion for the rest of her life) remains unanswered in Geary's book. It's Geary's artfully precise reconstruction of turn-of-the-century Falls River that makes his work so haunting, and such a delight. Geary carefully re-creates the layout of the town (complete with maps); the history, quirks and familial resentments of the prominent Borden family; and, of course, the bloody hatchet murders themselves, complete with minute details of the police investigation and a look at the forensic techniques of the time. His marvelous black-and-white drawings alternate a heavy, sensuous line with more delicate linear accents, deftly capturing the architecture, clothing, objects and everyday details of small-town life in the 1890s.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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No page numbers in the book; on a page with a drawing of Andrew J. Borden, near the back of the book, a newspaper article from The Fall River Herald - has a statement from the servant, Bridget Sullivan, to the police that she was in the attic washing windows at the time of Andrew Borden's murder and that she didn't see anyone enter or leave the house. Emphasis on LEAVE! Her bedroom window overlooks the back yard and she has a view of the barn door! So much for Lizzie's alibi! Remember, Bridget was said to have been laying on her bed resting before starting the noon meal on the day of the murders. All kinds of gems in this well done book; very glad I bought and read.
A couple comments: the book is entirely in black and white. beautifully drawn graphic novel, but the lack of color is disappointing. Also, the graphic novel little more text heavy than some might like. Finally, I would have enjoyed if there had been some more photos of the key players, murders, autopsy, house, etc. That would have made it more of a "treasury" in my opinion.
Overall, if you're a fan of Lizzie, this is a must. You might find a lot of it repetitive with what you already know, but it's an entertaining collection and less academic-heavy. If you're a fan of serial killers, gore, mystery, history, etc, this is a good addition. If you're just a fan of quality graphic novels, however, this might leave you a little underwhelmed.
Filled with illustrations dervived from old photos, maps & blueprints, the reader gets an excellent feel for the events.
It is also well-written. Geary makes plain many features & details, such as the oppressively hot Summer temperatures (this kept most people off the street), the single eyewitness that saw Lizzy in the yard, clean & un-bloodstained, & many other documented facts that are neglected or ignored by careless or less objective authors.
This early era in American History come across well, & the cartoon approach makes the "horse & buggy" period comprehensible to the Internet Generation.
The Hipster gives it a Big Thumbs UP!