1893 – Lizzie Borden is acquitted of murder charges

Lizzie Andrew Borden was never convicted of the murder by hatchet of her father and stepmother on August 4, 1892. And neither was anyone else. In fact, no one else was ever tried, or even arrested. But Borden herself was acquitted by a jury of her peers, largely due to a lack of evidence in the prosecution’s case.

Did she do it? We’ll never know. Certainly, Borden did not like her stepmother and was known to be disputing the terms of her father’s will with him at the time of his death. And she is known to have attempted to buy a poison (she claimed it was for cleaning a fur coat) shortly before the murders. And that jury of her peers? They too came from the town of Fall River, Massachusetts – where Andrew Borden was not popular.

On the other hand, the prosecution’s case was largely circumstantial, and the jury was perfectly within its rights to acquit.

So no, we don’t know, but even today, they say she done all of them in. They say she done it with an axe.

Referenced in:

Lizzie Borden — Chad Mitchell Trio
She Took An Axe — Flotsam & Jetsam
Oh, Mother Borden — The Dubious Brothers

1909 – Errol Flynn is born

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn was born in Hobart, Tasmania. His parents were Theodore Thomson Flynn, a professor of biology at the University of Tasmania; and Lily Mary Young, later Marelle Flynn. They had married in Balmain North, Sydney, on 23 January 1909 – which implies a little about their motivations for marriage.

That said, there is no reason to think that Flynn was unloved as a child (or at least, not unloved by the standards of his time and culture). He later attended school with future Australian Prime Minister John Gorton, who would also become a notorious larrikin.

Referenced in:

Errol – Australian Crawl