• Popular September 24th Event


    courthouseThe 1893 Lizzie Borden trial re-enactment at Bristol County courthouse is the must-see event for September.  The courtroom where it all happened in June of 1893 is much today as it was on the day when Lizzie sat on the hard wooden bench and hid her enigmatic face behind her fan.  Even the Victorian wooden Defense and Prosecution tables where Robinson and Knowlton held forth are still in place.  A large oil portrait of Attorney Knowlton hangs on the wall today.  A large turnout is expected and tickets will soon be a hot commodity in the area. An open house will be held the night of the re-enactment from 6 – 7 p.m. when the “trial” begins.

    The free program is open to the public, with limited seating.

     courthousetableMail a self-addressed stamped envelope to “Lizzie, Redux Request”, care of Clerk Magistrate Marc J. Santos, Bristol Count Clerk of Courts, 441 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740 for tickets. There will be two tickets issued per request. Tickets will be honored until 20 minutes before the performance, after which there will be a general admission as room is available.

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  • A banner year for Mass. Superior Court

    2009 markes the 150th anniversary for the Massachusetts Superior courts.  lady-justiceMany events and displays are on tap for the year . Of particular interest is this notation on their web site

    “Lizzie Borden, Redux ~ Multiple dates and locations

     New Bedford Superior Courthouse ~ September 24

    Fall River Superior Courthouse ~ October 22

     Taunton Superior Courthouse ~ November 19

     Ms. Borden was acquitted of the murder of her father

    and mother and no other suspect was ever identified.

    The trial, which took place in 1893 in the New Bedford

    Superior Court, continues to interest and intrigue the

    public. Not a re-enactment but in a mock trial, Ms.

    Borden will be tried again with two lawyers serving as

    team prosecutors and two lawyers as team defense. The

    audience will vote a verdict.”

    To see a listing of all the big doings for the year visit http://www.mass.gov/courts/press/summary-of-events.pdf