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Arthur Sherman Phillips – Lizzie Didn’t Do It

04 Dec

(Recycled post from June 2008)

Arthur Sherman Phillips wrote the impressive 3-Volume History of Fall River and was a junior attorney assisting on Lizzie’s defense team. The case haunted him all his life and he never gave up on the belief that she was innocent.

As late as June 3, 1939, he wrote to Homans Robinson (1894-1973) of the Robinson-Donovan law firm. He was the son of 3-times Governor George Robinson, Lizzie’s lead attorney at her Trial.   In his 3-page letter shown below, Phillips cites so many of the sources of speculative theories surrounding this case and ones that surface repeatedly in books, articles, and arguments towards her innocence.

It is not known if Homans Robinson, a 1916 graduate of Amherst college, replied to this letter. Surely if he had complied with Phillips request for a copy of the questions Attorney George Robinson presented to Lizzie, along with her answers, something would have been published in that regard by now.

Clearly, that document still resides in the private files on the case with this law firm, still in existence in Springfield, MA.

Note that in the second paragraph of the third page, Phillips tells of someone speaking to Uncle John Morse the morning of the murder as he was walking up Pleasant Street towards Flint Village. Morse did, in fact, visit his relatives at the Emerys on Weybosset Street in Flint Village, about a mile from the Borden home.

 

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4 responses to “Arthur Sherman Phillips – Lizzie Didn’t Do It

  1. dariphorn

    September 22, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Arthur Sherman Phillips wrote a good paper. If it was to help Lizzie he did a good job. Since he was a junior attorney assisting lizzie. Also the paper he wrote were sorta restating what have already been stated. but its good use to rephrase it in a way so others can understand even if its 3-volume papaer. Too bad if Homans Robinson didn’t read it. its should be a good paper to be read.

     
  2. dean666

    September 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    As late as June 3, 1939, he wrote to Homans Robinson (1894-1973) of the Robinson-Donovan law firm. He was the son of 3-times Governor George Robinson, Lizzie’s lead attorney at her Trial. In his 3-page letter shown below, Phillips cites so many of the sources of speculative theories surrounding this case and ones that surface repeatedly in books, articles, and arguments towards her innocence

     
  3. brandon1003

    September 23, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    she is innocent. there is no evidence in the case that she did anything wrong. they should have read paper he wrote were restating what have already stated. this case should be re- examined.

     
  4. Mark C. Potts

    December 5, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Well, she was innocent. But her Uncle John, not so much. I’m still looking for an original handwritten copy of the Robinsky letter, it’s surely from the real killer. I know who did it, I just want that evidence.

     

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