1892 – Lizzie Borden murders her parents

They say she done all of ’em in.

They say she done it with an axe.

They are, in this case, probably right. Certainly someone murdered Andrew and Abby Borden with an axe, in their own home, when Lizzie was the only other person who could have been in the house at the time. But was she?

At her trial, she was acquitted, largely due to lack of evidence (although her father’s unpopularity in the community may also have been a factor). And there were other reasonably credible suspects (such as the family maid). At this late date, we’ll probably never know.

Referenced in:

Lizzie Borden — Chad Mitchell Trio
She Took An Axe — Flotsam and Jetsam

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