It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The personal journals Lizzie Borden's lawyer kept during her 1892 trial were bequeathed to the Fall River Historical Society in Massachusetts, officials said.
Two journals Andrew Jackson Jennings kept during Borden's trial were left to the society by the lawyer's grandson, who died last year, the Boston Globe reported Monday.
"It's all new material, completely unpublished,'' said Michael Martins, curator of the Fall River Historical Society. "It's the only file Jennings retained and it's the first idea we have about how the defense went about building its case.
"It's so rare to have primary source material appear 120 years after the fact,'' Martins said.
Matins said the journals have become fragile over time and the pages are brittle.
"We really want to handle them as little as possible,'' Martins said. The journals will be conserved before they are transcribed, he said, then later published.
The Globe quotes just one example that will already throw given perceptions of the case into question.
On writing about Andrew Borden - Lizzie's notoriously miserly father who was hacked to death - Jennings recounts a generous, loving man.
Jennings remembered that Mr Borden mentioned he enjoyed receiving letters from his daughters Lizzie and Emma, whom he called 'my girls'.
Martins said: 'It’s clear from what people said that Andrew Borden was apparently quite concerned about his daughters’ well-being.
At odds with the common description of Andrew Borden, Martins added: 'We know now that he was not a gentleman who deprived his daughters of much.'