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Lizzie Borden: Debunking the Myths – Part 1 – The Borden Jury

13 Oct

I’ll try to do this everyday.   Simple, little stuff.  Sometimes longer, bigger stuff.  Sometimes in-depth, impactful stuff.

So let us begin……….

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“The jurors in the Lizzie Borden Trial were mostly farmers.”

No, they were not,.  Out of the 12 jurors, only four (4) were actually farmers:

George Potter, 55, from Westport;  William F. Dean, 50, from Taunton; Wiliam Westcot, 45, Seekonk; and John Wilbur, 58, Somerset.

The other 9 were:  Charles L. Richards (foreman), 55, North Attleboro – real estate business; Frederic C. Wilbar, 38, Raynham – journeyman carpenter; Lemuel K. Wilber, 45, Easton – owner of large garden shop; Frank G. Cole, 40, Attleboro – jeweler; John C. Finn, 35, Taunton – painter & member of City Council; Allen H. Wardell, 45, Dartmouth – farm tools salesman; Louis B. Hodges, 59, Taunton – iron moulder; and Augustus Swift 50, New Bedford – President of the Acushnet Iron Company.

Numerous books, articles, documentaries, and lecturers have stated the jury was made up of mostly farmers.  MYTH,

 

Source:  Fall River Daily Herald, June 6, 1893, page 7.

 

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