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The Good Stuff: Lizzie Borden

With so much speculation about the case, Lizzie Borden has always interested me.  Even better, she is a woman.  While we all know that women can be crazy and just as malicious as men, there are more known male serial killers.  If you haven’t already, check out the Lizzie Borden Chronicles on Netflix.

The Facts

Common Names: Lizzie Andrew Borden

Date of Birth: July 19, 1860

Location: Fall River, Massachusetts

Lizzie Borden’s Young Life

Lizzie was born into a wealthy, but frugal, household.  She was the second of two girls, the first Emma Lenora Border.  Both were active in the church and Christian organizations.  Lizzie was also into contemporary social movements focussing on women.  Early in their life, their mother passed away and their father remarried.  With their new stepmother present, both sisters stopped eating meals with their family and took extended vacations to New Bedford.  A week after their return, the murders happened.

The Murders

8:48 am – Morse (their birth mother’s brother) left the house to go by oxen and visit some family in Fall River.

9:00 am – Andrew (their father) left for his morning walk.

9:00-10:30 am – Their stepmother went upstairs to make the bed that Morse had slept in the night before.  According to the forensic investigation, Abby had walked into the room and was facing the killer when she was attacked.

10:30 am – Andrew returned to the house, only to find that his key would not open the door.  Bridgette “Maggie” Sullivan (the housemaid) went to open the door for Andrew and later testified that while she was doing this, she heard Lizzie laughing from the top of the stairs.

11:10 am – Bridget was in her third-floor room when Lizzie called her downstairs to see that Andrew had been murdered in his sleep.  Lizzie claimed that she had helped Andrew into his slippers before he lay down on the sofa for a nap.  The crime scene photos, however, show that Andrew was still in his boots when he died.

The Investigation

Noone was convicted for the crimes that happened in the house on the morning of August 4th, probably due to a lack in the investigation.  The police officers questioned everyone but left evidence behind.

Lizzie’s answers to the police officer’s questions changed drastically, from hearing distress calls to hearing nothing.  Many officers did not like her calm and poised attitude.  Despite her calm attitude and changing alibis, a search of her clothes was not conducted.

Police found several possible murder weapons in the basement.  The hatchet-head with a broken handle that they assumed was the murder weapon due to freshly placed ash and dust was left in its place and not taken as evidence.

The Hearing

Lizzie appeared at the inquest hearing and was denied her family lawyer since the inquest was able to be deemed private.  Her answers, just like during the police’s questioning, were contradicting and she refused answers to some questions that would have helped her case.  She had previously been prescribed morphine, however, and this could have caused her irrational behavior during the inquest.  On August 11th, she was served with a warrant and arrested.

In June of the following year, Lizzie’s trial took place.  After all evidence had been presented, the deliberation went on for an hour and a half.  The deliberation resulted in the jury acquitting Lizzie of the murders.

The Lizzie Borden Skipping-Rope Song

Lizzie Borden took an axe

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

References and More Information on Lizzie Borden