Bare feet and a root of fennel

John Bayley

  • Strong Representations: Narrative and Circumstantial Evidence in England by Alexander Welsh
    Johns Hopkins, 262 pp, £21.50, April 1992, ISBN 0 8018 4271 9

On a fine summer’s day in 1892 in Massachusetts Lizzie Borden’s mother and father were killed by blows from an axe. Lizzie was tried for the crime on purely circumstantial evidence and Professor Welsh quotes from the summing-up of the prosecuting attorney:

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