Lizzie Borden Preliminary Hearing – FREE

31 Jul

UPDATE (August 4, 2009)

“Stop and go no further!” cried the spinster.

“But I am for Truth, Justice & the American way!” bellowed the blogger. (LMAO)


By clicking the “Preliminary Hearing” page above, you can read the entire transcript of this proceeding in the Lizzie Borden case, absolutely FREE. You can also cut and paste the entire text into Word and save it to your hard drive for later printing if you wish.


The Preliminary Hearing in the Lizzie Borden case was held August 25, 1892 through September 1, 1892.  It was near enough to the murders that memories were sharper than when shared by the same witnesses at the Trial ten months later.

(Click on all images for larger view)


The first hard copy availability of this primary source document was made over 15 years ago through the Fall River Historical Society.  They received Defense Attorney Andrew Jenning’s copy, with his handwritten notes, and sold copies through their gift shop



At the time of the Hearing, newspapers reported on the daily testimony but it was the New Bedford Evening Standard that printed all of the Preliminary Hearing after the Trial –  including Lizzie’s Inquest testimony – which had been read into the record.



The book above contains the full transcript and although it is in very small print, it has wonderful illustrations.


I made copies of the original source document from the FRHS and bound them as shown in the first image above and sold them on eBay over a decade ago.  In 2000, I began transcribing the document in Word format and put them on CD’s as a Research and Reference source into this case.

LBCD-ResRefThe above image gives a description of the content of those CD’s, inclusive of my own transcription of the Preliminary Hearing.

I sold the CD’s for many years in different formats beginning in 2001.





Often times I sold the CD with other Lizzie collectibles.






The CD, with my own Word transcription has been copyrighted for years.

PrelimI also made a hard copy of my transcribed document from 2001 as seen above and this, as well as the CD’s have been sold or given away for years, including sold at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, MA.


Harry Widdows, Stefani Koorey and Kat Koorey edited their own version of a transcribed Preliminary Hearing and sell it through LuLu Press and the FRHS for around $40!

Now you can read this most interesting document absolutely FREE, cut and paste the text into MS Word and have it on your hard drive.  You can even do word searches.

Again, just click on the “Preliminary Hearing” page to this blog at the top and Enjoy!


2 responses to “Lizzie Borden Preliminary Hearing – FREE

  1. Erin

    August 2, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    What part of your cd is copyrighted? I’m quite certain you cannot copyright the contents of court proceedings.

  2. phayemuss

    August 2, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Oh, I think you misunderstood. My CD is copyrighted for the content I created, such as the WORD TRANSCRIPTION of the Preliminary Hearing. The CD itself is copyrighted and includes original images, essays, poems, articles, etc. Also, keep in mind the legal documents themselves, not the copies of the typed transcriptions, are over 125 years old!

    Thanks for commenting.


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