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40 Whacks:

The Lizzie Borden Case

   (60 Minutes)

   We all know the ditty "Lizzie Borden took an ax....." but few people know the actual facts! 40 Whacks: The Lizzie Borden Case is a one hour in depth retelling of the famous double homicide. Extensive research utilizing archival materials, period newspapers and period photographs has been done to create an entertaining, fascinating and informative presentation about America's favorite murder mystery.

   The story begins on that fateful day in August 1892 with a striking description of the days events and the murders that took place. The police investigation is then recounted, the evidence described and examined. Then the focus will shift to the suspicion placed on Lizzie and her conflicting stories on her whereabouts in the house during the day of the murders. Following will be a summary of the Grand Jury hearings and the trial using actual testimony and newspaper accounts to illuminate the proceedings. In the end, different theories on the murders will be set forth and the question of "Who done it?" will be put to the audience for further discussion and conjecture.


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