13 episodes

Lizzie Borden Audio is a new episodic series that appeals to lovers of the dark and macabre nature of a historical true crime investigation from the famous 1892 case. Told from multiple witnesses utilizing the primary source transcripts with short musical interludes, it is the first podcast made entirely from trial testimony with humorous bits of music to accent the absurd and sometimes comical nature of the crime. All work is nonfiction and comes from the trial, the published works of Borden scholars, and the newspapers of the time. 

Lizzie Borden Audio Kate Lavender

    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 23 Ratings

Lizzie Borden Audio is a new episodic series that appeals to lovers of the dark and macabre nature of a historical true crime investigation from the famous 1892 case. Told from multiple witnesses utilizing the primary source transcripts with short musical interludes, it is the first podcast made entirely from trial testimony with humorous bits of music to accent the absurd and sometimes comical nature of the crime. All work is nonfiction and comes from the trial, the published works of Borden scholars, and the newspapers of the time. 

    The Inquest of Alice Russell w/ Lizzie Refusing a Search

    The Inquest of Alice Russell w/ Lizzie Refusing a Search

    This episode contains new information of Lizzie refusing a search and barring the officers from looking inside her room or bureau. Later this information would be disputed as tho it never happened. Read it for yourself in the book "The Jennings Journals, 1892" by the Fall River Historical Society. What was she hiding? Please leave a comment if you know.

    Alice said she knew "it was cold blooded murder" implying it was Lizzie by the way that her Uncle, John V. Morse, looked directly into Lizzie's eyes and cried out, "How in the name of God does something like this happen, Lizzie?" when he became emotionally distraught upon hearing that the Bordens had been brutally slain in the few hours since they had all dined together at breakfast.

    On further reflection I believe that John Morse was the one person that truly grieved over the loss of Andrew and Abby Borden as he found in Andrew a brotherly, best friend that he could confide in financially and share a sense of belonging as brother-in-laws, his Fall River family for over 42 years when his sister Sarah married Andrew. They were very much alike and shared many secrets which Emma would pry out of him by her letter writing.

    The information of John Morse is known to me bc I have recorded the inquest of Charles Sawyer which also goes into more detail about the anguish that John Morse exhibited that day. Unlike Lizzie who was busy swooning.

    Included is the expert testimony of Dr. Ed Wood, Professor of Chemistry at Harvard Medical School and his autopsy results of the stomach contents of Andrew and Abby Borden for prussic acid. Unfortunately, he says he would need at least a full two weeks to test for other poisons.

    The Flat Iron Theory as a murder weapon is discussed in a letter written to the District Attorney in a letter.

    Alice hints that she changed after she found a big ugly stick that scared her under the bed she slept in suggesting that Lizzie may have planted it there. But the FRPD did another thorough search during the funeral and they are the ones that put it back under the bed that made her take notice. I think she changed because of something else she saw or heard regarding Lizzie's behavior - was it because of the dress burning? Was it because she never saw Lizzie cry but only swoon?

    Alice Russell played by Shaily Rae Smith
    D.A. Hosea Knowlton played by Tim Dennis
    HK006 - What Became of the Piece of Lead? by Brenda McGinnis
    Irish Cop and Narration by DJ/Radio Star Jack Cone
    Lizzie Barrs the Officers: Tanya Montoya as Lizzie Borden
    Tim Dennis as Officer Harrington
    Dr. Ed Wood played by David Loftus
    John V. Morse & Flat Iron Theory by Jack Dabdoub
    Lizzie's Axe by David Loftus

    FATAL CHOICE opening music by eBunny
    CANDY FACTORY by Roman Cano (Alice's theme)
    SPOOKY WALTZ by Elena Naumova (Lizzie's new Axe)
    SHIMMERING WATERS by Jon Wright (Flat Iron Theory)
    HAPPY HALLOWEEN by Ahoami (Closing theme)

    Trial transcripts provided with permission by Stefani Koorey
    and the website LizzieAndrewBorden.com

    Produced by Kate Lavender

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    • 35 min
    The Inquest of Dr. Seabury Bowen, w/ 2 Excerpts of The Knowlton Papers

    The Inquest of Dr. Seabury Bowen, w/ 2 Excerpts of The Knowlton Papers

    Dr. Bowen was summoned shortly after Lizzie Borden discovered the body of her father, Andrew Borden, dead in the sitting room with his head smashed open by a hatchet.  Shortly after Doc Bowen arrived he encountered several witnesses and gave his timeline of events and sadly, described how Mrs. Borden visited his office early Wednesday morning stating that someone was trying to poison her the day before the murders.

    Bowen made acute observations on Lizzie and Bridget's behavior including what they were wearing, their composure, and whether or not Lizzie was fainting or crying as the papers said she "was having fainting fits." 

    District Attorney Hosea Knowlton: Tim Dennis
    Dr. Seabury W. Bowen: David Loftus
    Fainting Lizzie: Rina Sklar
    Music: The Gargoyles of Notre Dame by Alex Grey
    Voiceover Narration: Don Sharp @Sharpvoiceovers on Fiverr
    Trial transcripts provided with permission by Stefani Koorey
    and www.LizzieAndrewBorden.com

    HK 130 and HK 332 were selected from "The Knowlton Papers" by the Fall River Historical Society.
    Performed by CrankyPants T.D. Dennis 

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    • 30 min
    Mayor Dr. John Coughlin's Autopsy Report on Andrew & Abby Borden

    Mayor Dr. John Coughlin's Autopsy Report on Andrew & Abby Borden

    On August 4, 1892, Dr. John Coughlin, the Mayor of Fall River, arrived at the residence of Andrew and Abby Borden only forty minutes after their brutal murders. Despite the passage of time, his meticulous notes and observations remain relevant today. 

    Coughlin's observations include a haunting insight into the nature of the crime: the same person who killed Mr. Borden was responsible for Mrs. Borden's death. He was baffled by the lack of blood at the crime scene and the absence of any evidence that could identify the perpetrator. There were no blood drops leaving the crime scene from Mrs. Borden to Andrew Borden and no bloody footprints leaving the building.

    The person committing the deed cleaned up all traces of their work. John Morse who was in town visiting relatives was still wearing the same clothes he arrived in the day before and was seen by several witnesses eliminating him as the first suspect. 

    "The same deliberate hand that inflicted death upon the man guided the weapon that cut off Mrs. Borden's life. I cannot satisfy myself how a person could have done such a deed with so little blood around and leave no mark of his presence left behind." 

    Dentist M.M. Park played by David Loftus 
    Special Appearance by Jack Cone
    Mayor Dr. John Couglin played by David Loftus
    All other voices played by David Loftus

    Music in order of appearance: 
    Gloria in Excelsis by Raffaele De Leonardo
    Disturbed Anxiety by eBunny 
    Cute Puzzle Box by Roman Cano

    Produced by Kate Lavender

    All information contained in this podcast was selected from the scholarly work of the Fall River Historical Society with "The Knowlton Papers" and "The Jennings Journals 1892." You can order these books online. 

    Outro voiceover by Don Sharp of Sharp VoiceOvers

    • 14 min
    The Inquest of John Vinnicum Morse

    The Inquest of John Vinnicum Morse

    John Morse was the first person that gave his inquest to District Attorney Hosea Knowlton after the suspicious murders of Andrew & Abby Borden on August 4, 1892, just a few hours after he left the house to pursue his errands after spending the night in the same room that Abby's body was found brutally hacked about the head the same way as her husband with no bloody footprints leaving the crime scene. 

    D.A. Knowlton grilled him with questions attempting to piece together a plan with Emma or Lizzie to kill their father and stepmother. Many people believe that Uncle John had something to do with the murders but Morse, a lifelong bachelor, showed he had a deep fondness for the extended family he'd known for over 30 years and was invited back for the noonday meal when he came upon the crowds at the house and a guard at the door. 

    Music provided by:
    eBunny for "Enchanted Violin" from AudioJungle/Envato in the Intro
    Spring is Coming by Jack White played at the Outro

    David Loftus as John Vinnicum Morse and psychopath Philip Gordon Reed from "The Knowlton Papers" published by the Fall River Historical Society.

    Dennis Alexander: Announcer
    Tanya Montoya as Lizzie Borden and Tim Dennis as Fall River Police Officer during a room search of Lizzie Borden's bedroom taken from "The Jennings Journals 1892." 

    Guest appearance by radio star Jack Cone. "Everywhere that I looked not a trace of crimson could be found." Thanks, Jack, you're a class act! 

    Cameo appearance by Arielle Nissenblatt @arithisandthat as Lizzie Borden at the pharmacy the day b4 the murders. "Ten cents of prussic acid, please." You rule! 

    Jack White's music can be purchased from Amazon and Apple Music and everywhere music is sold. His royalty-free music is available at MelodyLoops.com

    Produced by Kate Lavender

    Transcriptions of trial testimony provided with permission by Stefani Koorey and the website of LizzieAndrewBorden.com

    • 24 min
    The Inquest of Emma Borden

    The Inquest of Emma Borden

    Emma Borden, the older spinster sister to Lizzie Borden gave her inquest testimony to District Attorney Hosea Knowlton sometime during August 9-11, 1892 less than a week after the murders of her father and stepmother. 

    The testimony takes on new meaning now that we know Emma was present with Lizzie in Fairhaven while she was asking for chloroform at Hypolyte Martel's Apothecary two weeks before the murders which can be verified with the latest book from the prestigious Fall River Historical Society's "The Jennings Journals 1892." 

    Includes a short interlude from "one who reads but only a woman" written anonymously to D.A. Knowlton to not forget "the burnt dress" from "The Knowlton Papers" by the Fall River Historical Society.

    Emma Borden: Brenda McGinnis
    District Attorney Knowlton: Tim Dennis
    One Who Reads But Only a Woman: Brenda McGinnis
    Last Dance: by eBunny
    Spring is Coming: by Jack White
    Narrator: Don Sharp 
    Produced by Kate Lavender

    Trial transcripts provided with permission by Stefani Koorey, Ph.D. and the website of LizzieAndrewBorden.com

    • 20 min
    Witness Statements of Lizzie Borden, Episode 3 w/Emma Borden & Alice Russell

    Witness Statements of Lizzie Borden, Episode 3 w/Emma Borden & Alice Russell

    Listen while reading the transcript.  Emma Borden and Alice Russell discuss the burning of the Bedford Cord Dress after the murders.

    Brenda McGinnis as Emma Borden, Mrs. Cyrus W. Tripp, Mrs. Jane Gray & Gossipy Church Lady.
    Rina Sklar as Alice Russell.
    David Loftus as Eli Bence, Dr. Albert E. Chase, Officer Harrington & others.
    S.W. Conser as Eli Bence, Officer Medley, Reads the "Love Letter to Lizzie" and lawyer, Andrew Jennings & others.
    S.W. Conser as spectral voices in Greek Chorus. Host of "Words & Pictures" @KBOO Radio.
    Ken Jones as Officers Doherty & Harrington.
    Larry Andrews as Officer Harrington.
    Christie Quinn reads 2 passages from Parallel Lives from the Fall River Historical Society.
    Rolf Semprebon as Officers Doherty & Harrington. Host of "Sounds Unsound" @KBOO Radio.
    James Krzmarzick as D.A. Willaim A.Moody's Opening Statement at the Superior Court Trial.
    Jody McCoy as Mrs. Churchill.
    Kati Dery as Bridget Sullivan with PSHAW!Ha! Ha! Ha!
    Martin Dodge as Outro.
    Samantha an ominous child voice.
    Scary male voice: Jack Dabdoub.
    Lady Blue: Lyrics & Melody by Kate Lavender, Vocals by Christine Rotondo.
    Music by AudioJungle and MelodyLoops.com.
    Both songs were titled: Mysterious Clocks.
    RoyaltyFree Music by MelodyLoops.com
    Ominous Orchestra by Elena Naumova
    Sadness Inside by Erick McNerney
    Sadness Through the Window by Audioblyca
    Irish Pub by Alexander Lisenkov
    Funny Bassoon by Eitan Epstein Music
    https://www.lizziebordenaudio.com
    https://www.lizziebordenaudio.substack.com
    Transcriptions of Lizzie's witness statements provided with permission by Stefani Koorey and LizzieAndrewBorden.com 

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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