Even though it was not yet noon, the day was stiflingly hot, over one hundred degrees. An elderly man, still wearing his heavy morning coat, reclines on a sofa for a little nap. His wife is upstairs, lying on the floor of the guestroom, having been dead for the past hour and a half. The killer enters the room where he is sleeping, the impact awakens him from the same weapon that killed his wife.
"Inspection of the victims discloses that Mrs. Borden had been slain by the use of some sharp and terrible instrument, inflicting upon her head eighteen blows, thirteen of them crushing through the skull; and below stairs, lying upon the sofa, was Mr. Borden's dead and mutilated body, with eleven strokes upon the head, four of them crushing the skull." From the closing arguments for the defense of Lizzie Borden, made by her principal attorney, George D. Robinson.
According to one Fall River legend, "When Andrew Borden was an undertaker, he would cut the feet off the corpses in order to cram them into undersized coffins that he got cheap."
The hatchet murders of Andrew J. Borden and his wife, Abby Borden have attracted much attention over one hundred years because of the bloodiness of the act which occurred in a respectable late nineteenth century domestic setting. What was even more shocking was that the accused was a respectable church-going, Sunday school teacher and the spinster daughter of Andrew J. Borden. Lizzie Borden was charged with parricide, the murder of both parents.
In the end, considering the unusual circumstances in an era of swift justice, overwhelming newspaper coverage, a passionately divided public opinion regarding her guilt or innocence, the incompetence of the prosecution, and almost entirely circumstantial evidence, Lizzie Borden was found not guilty for the brutal murders of her parents.
Regardless of what one might know about Lizzie Borden, she will be forever immortalized in the school-yard jump-rope song:
Lizzie Borden took an ax
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
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