Lizzie Borden Took An Ax

Christine Crowley By Christine Crowley, 20th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks.
When she say what she had done, gave her father 41.
What do you think - did she do it?

Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks.
When she say what she had done, gave her father 41.

On August 4th 1892 Lizzie's parents were found murdered in their own house. The murder weapon: an axe. Lizzie was arrested and brought to trial even though there was no direct evidence linking her to the murders. No bloody clothes were found in the house. No blood on the axe found in the cellar.

The murders, subsequent trial, and ensuing trial by media became a cause célèbre. Although Lizzie Borden was acquitted, no one else was ever arrested or tried and she has remained a notorious figure in American folklore. Dispute over the identity of the killer or killers continues to this day.

On August 4, 1892, Andrew Borden had gone into Fall River to do his usual rounds at the bank and post office. He returned home at about 10:45 a.m.; Lizzie Borden claimed that she found his body about 30 minutes later.

During the murder trial, the Bordens' twenty-six-year-old maid, Bridget Sullivan, testified that she was lying down in her room on the third floor of the house shortly after 11:00 a.m. when she heard Lizzie call to her, saying someone had killed her father; his body was found slumped on a couch in the downstairs sitting room. Andrew Borden's face was turned to the right-hand side, apparently at ease, as if he was asleep.

Shortly thereafter, while Lizzie was being tended by neighbors and the family doctors, Sullivan discovered the body of Abby Borden in the guest bedroom located upstairs. Both Andrew and Abby Borden had been killed by crushing blows to their skulls from a hatchet. Andrew Borden's left eyeball was cleanly split in two

Did Lizzie do it? What do you think?

Lizzie's father was well-known as a tight-wad. He did not allow indoor plumbing and "slops" were tossed into the back yard. Lizzie and her sister embranced the modern world when invited by friends to visit. Lizzie did not get along with her stepmother and, in fact, called her Mrs. Borden. Lizzie and her sister often quarreled with their father about property that he owned and their inheritence. The maid, Bridget, had been asked to clean a window that morning - a very hot August day. Was Bridget the killer?

Lizzie's father had an illegitimate son which he did not acknowledge. Was the son the murderer?

After the murder trial and her aquital, Lizzie and her sister moved to a new house and lived in Fall River for many years. They died within eight days of each other.

So, who killed Lizzie's parents? What do you think of this theory? And it is only my theory.

Lizzie undressed down to wearing nothing and killed her father and step mother. She then got dressed and "discovered" her father dead and called to the maid to come right away. A few minutes later the body of her step mother was discovered.

An axe was found in the cellar but had no blood on it. Was there time to clean the axe?

I'm sure we will never know for sure - but when I was in Fall River, Massachusetts I just had to visit the house where the murders took place. I did not visit Lizzie at the cemetery.

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Fall River, Lizzie Borden, Massachusetts, Murder, Murder Of Parents, New England

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I am retired from a community college and working part-time. I've always loved to write and find it rewarding.

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author avatar Mikey.
20th Mar 2012 (#)

A mystery it will remain.Good story though.

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author avatar Buzz
21st Mar 2012 (#)

I've read about Lizzie Borden. I was/am clueless, though, as to who was the real murderer(s).

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author avatar Christine Crowley
21st Mar 2012 (#)

It will remain a mystery! Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Denise O
21st Mar 2012 (#)

I saw a documentary on this very subject a few years back and it really makes you go, hmmm. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for commenting!

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author avatar Songbird B
21st Mar 2012 (#)

What a grisly mystery Christine! I remember the rhyme... Fascinating article..

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author avatar Christine Crowley
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you, Songbird. Yup, it is a grisly murder mystery.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Mar 2012 (#)

thanks for this history....a sad a scary tale indeed...well done.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
23rd Mar 2012 (#)

You are so right - scary indeed.

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