Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Lizzie Borden may be the most axe murderer in American history however at the end of the day she was found not guilty and no one was ever prosecuted for the murders of her parents.
Lizzie Borden was born in Fall River Massachusetts to very well to do parents however her home lacked modern plumbing and electricity as even though her parents net worth would be close to eight million dollars today he was known for being frugal. Lizzie and her sister Emma Borden were expected to attend church and a variety of religious charities. Lizzie and Emma would lose their mother at a young age and their father would marry a young woman, Abby Borden, who was only a few years older than Lizzie. Lizzie reportedly referred to the woman as Mrs. Borden.
Trouble began brewing in the Borden household when Mr. Borden began gifting his new wife’s family with real estate which led to Emma and Lizzie demanding their own pieces of property. The two young women would be given a rental property however they would sell it back to their father.
The night before the murders Lizzie and Emma later mother’s brother, John Morse, came for a visit to discuss financial matters with their father which reportedly stirred up even more tension in the Borden household.
It needs to be stated at the time of the murder Lizzie Borden was in her thirties and not the teenager some believe her to be
On August 4, 1892 Abby Borden would walk up the stairs and into a bedroom where she was struck with an axe, the person wielding the axe hit her at least seventeen times causing her death. Lizzie Borden father would return home feeling unwell and would go for a nap. Lizzie reportedly left the home with her fathers permission to attend a sale at a local store. When Lizzie returned an hour or so later she would yell for her sister saying that their father was dead. Mr Borden was sitting slumped on the couch in the living room and had been struck ten or eleven times with what is believed to be an axe.
Lizzie Borden would call the police who would come to investigate the double murder. Lizzie story varied a bit while talking with the police. She told the officers she believed that her step mother had left the home to visit a sick friend. Eventually the body of Mrs. Borden was discovered. Even though Lizzie was behaving oddly in her conversations with police they did not look for any blood stains on her clothing.
Lizzie, Emma, John and a friend of the family would stay in the home the night of the murder. John slept in an attic and not in the “murder room”
Two days later the police came back to the Borden home to do a complete search and would find an axe with a broken handle. Lizzie Borden was told she was a suspect in her parents murders. Lizzie Borden was observed the next day of ripping apart a dress that she said had paint stains on it.
On August 11, 1892 Lizzie Borden was arrested and locked up in a jail cell. Her demeanour was described as odd and stand offish.
On June 5 1893 Lizzie Borden trial would begin and it was one of the most covered trials for that time period. Just five days before her trial was to begin another axe murder took place in a nearby community. However that murder was later linked to a man who was not in the Fall River area at the time of the Borden Murders
The police incompetency came to the forefront during the trial with the officers unable to keep their stories straight. One officer would give a theory and the next officer would contradict it. Another major point of discussion was Lizzie Borden whereabouts during the double murders which could not be confirmed. In the end the jury would have the verdict back into the courtroom with a not guilty verdict in ninety minutes
Lizzie Borden and her sister Emma would continue to live in the small Massachusetts town for years and were shunned by the community. In 1905 Emma Borden would move out of the home and never speak to her sister again
Lizzie Borden would die June 1 1927