|Lizzie Borden (Source)|
About the infamous case of Lizzie Borden?
I've done posts about plenty of famous, unsolved crimes, but the Lizzie Borden case might be the most well-known and obsessed-about case yet.
On August 4, 1892, a wealthy local business owner native to Fall River, Massachusetts named Andrew Borden and his wife Abby were both found dead in their home. Both had been bludgeoned to death about the head with a hatchet or ax-like weapon. Mrs. Borden received nineteen blows to the head, while Mr. Borden, killed while napping on his couch, only took ten or eleven.
It was a gruesome murder scene, and only a few hours passed before the police zeroed in on Lizzie, Mr. Borden's thirty-year old daughter, as a suspect.
Mr. Borden actually had two daughters by his previous wife, and it was rumored that they didn't get along well with their father and step mother. When Andrew married Abby, his relationship with his two daughters turned sour, and there were disputes about properties and money that he was gifting to his new wife's family.
|Body of Andrew Borden (Source)|
Early the morning of the murders, Mr. Borden went out for a walk. When he returned, he asked Lizzie where Abby, his wife was. She informed him that Abbey had gone out on an errand. The only other person in the house was the family maid, Bridget. Mr. Borden couldn't get the door open when he returned, and Bridget had to come open it for him. She reported hearing Lizzie laughing, though she couldn't tell where it had come from. Then Bridget went upstairs to clean the windows, after which she lay down to rest awhile.
|Trial of Lizzie Borden (Source)|
Not long after Mr. Borden's body was found, Abby's body was discovered, much colder than her husband's. She'd been dead at least ninety minutes, which means she was likely dead when Mr. Borden came home from his walk. (That was when Bridget heard Lizzie's unexplained laughter coming from somewhere.)
Lizzie's story changed many times over the next several weeks. She was not checked for bloodstains or anything of the sort on the day of the murder, and was later found burning a dress because it had "paint" on it.
After a media circus and a nationally scrutinized trial, Lizzie was acquitted. She remained in her hometown for the rest of her life, most of which was spent living with her sister, despite the social ostracization they both faced. The two sisters moved away from one another at the very end of their lives, but died only days apart and were buried side by side in the family plot.
|Borden Household, 1892 (Source)|
Plenty of theories abound, of course. From the guilt lying with Lizzie because she had a lesbian relationship with Bridget that was discovered, to her sister sneaking home without anyone knowing, and having the perfect alibi by being out of town, to any number of Mr. Borden's business enemies. In truth, no theory has any proof. It's all complete conjecture.
Today, you can stay at the Borden house, which has been converted into a bed-and-breakfast, and attracts hundreds of tourists every year.
A site dedicated to the case (lizzie-borden.com) has cult following and tons more information.
What do you think? Did Lizzie murder her parents? Or is a more complicated, bizarre explanation needed?