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Lizzie Borden-inspired book drive in Pocatello

A local theater company is putting on a performance and holding a book drive to benefit the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center.

The Old Town Actor’s Studio (OTAS) is performing a play called “Over the Fence: Hearsay, Hatchets and Homicide,” based on the life of Lizzie Borden, a woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892.

The play will start at 7:30 on Saturday and Monday evening, May 3 and 5 only, and costs $10. While it does talk about the murders, there are no reenactments or graphic depictions. Much of the play is focused on testimony directly quoted from the actual testimonies in the trial.

To go along with the subject, OTAS is gathering books to promote educating women in prison. Donations can include all different kinds of books except for true crime and erotica novels. The Pocatello woman who co-wrote the play said it’s good for women there to have books.

“For those women who have a lot of free time who are never getting out, it’s going to be boring sitting in a cell,” said Emily Crumpton. “You’re really limited to what you can do anyway, so why not give them a book?”

If you are interested in donating, the OTAS is located at 427 N. Main, Suite G in Pocatello. If you are unable to make it there, you can contact Emily at

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