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1893 Lizzie Borden Was Tried In
New Bedford

"Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty wacks.
When she saw what she had done she gave her father forty-one ."

There a book and a DVD available about this young lady and her exploits.


Biography - Lizzie Bordena great DVD well produced!
Lizzie Borden Unlocked! by Ed Sams
very Interesting read.

Accused of killing her step-mother and her father in their home, in Fall River, Lizzie Borden was arrested on August 11,1892 in Fall River and jailed at New Bedford's Ash street jail while awaiting trial.

Her trial began on June 5, 1893 in New Bedford Superior Court Courthouse on 441 County St. where she was finally acquitted.

There are three images below.
Two are pictures of Lizzie Borden and one of the New Bedford Superior Court facing east on County Street.

Here are some additional pieces of information thanks to Samuel Raposa:

Lizzie Borden stayed in the matrons quarters (allegedly) at the Ash Street Jail but only for the 12 days she was on trial.

When Lizzie was arrested she was brought to Hodges Jail in Taunton and held in cell 3.

She was transfered to the New Bedford Jail (now known as the Ash Street Jail) the day before her trail began. They did this because her trial was to be conducted at the New Bedford Superior Court right up the street from the Jail.

She arrived at the court street entrance of the jail on June 4, 1893 (the day before her trial).

No one is positive where she was held at the Jail but there are several newspaper artilces from 1893 detailing her arrival at the jail, though jail officials would not say where she would be staying within the jail.

There was a subsequent article in the Evening Standard from june 1893 saying she was, in fact, staying in the Matrons quarters in the Ash Street Jail.

The Matron's quarters were located in the House of Correction that was on the same grounds as the Ash Street jail, and was considered part of the Ash Street "facility" due to them being enclosed in the same surrounding perimeter wall.

Unfortunatley the House of Correction burned down some time in the 1960s. A part of the structure does still remain, though it is used by jail officials as a "dayroom" for inmates and no longer has cells.

In the courthouse image the home to the right is that of Charles W. Morgan, later removed to build
the high school in 1909.
Click on the images for a larger version
Lizzie Borden tried in 1893  New Bedford - Lizzie Borden tried in 1893 New Bedford, Ma. -
1890's Court house in new Bedford - Lizzie Borden -

Late 1800's Superior Courthouse in New Bedford, Ma., the scene of the famous trial of Lizzie Borden.

Much has been written about the murders and subsequent trial.
Wiki-pedia has a good bit of information on Lizzie Borden and her exploits.