Books: Forty Whacks

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Last week Edmund Pearson, who specializes in writing up famed U. S. murder cases, published a full-length dissection of the Lizzie Borden mystery, complete with photographs of the victims, plans of the house, rescript of the trial and inquest testimony. Author Pearson was careful not to bring in a verdict, or at least not to say it out loud; but he obviously thought Lizzie Borden was lucky, not innocent.

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