Lizzie Borden was born on July 19, 1860 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie had an older sister by the name of Emma Borden. Lizzie's father was Andrew Jackson Borden, and her step mother was Abby Durfee Gray Borden. Lizzie's mother, Sarah Borden, died when Lizzie was two years old. Andrew Borden was very rich, so Lizzie and the rest of her family lived comfortably. However, Andrew Borden as well as Abby Borden were both murdered on August 4, 1892. The question is: who murdered them and why?
The murders took place in the Borden household with Abby Borden being the first one to go. It was said that Abby Borden went upstairs to clean the guest bedroom when she was hit a total of 19 times on the head with a hatchet. She died between the times of 9:00 am and 10:30 am. No one knew that Abby Borden was murdered until after Andrew Borden's body was found dead. Andrew Borden came home after going out and asked where Abby Borden was. Lizzie then proceeded to tell him that she stepped out to visit a sick friend. That seemed to satisfy Andrew Borden, as he proceeded to ask no further questions and went into the sitting room to take a nap. While taking his nap, he was struck 11 times with a hatchet-like weapon. He died between 10:30 am and 11:10 am.
Lizzie "discovered" Andrew Borden lying dead on the couch and screamed. Soon after, the police were called and the investigations began. The investigation definitely had many flaws throughout it. For starters, police did not do a proper search because Lizzie said she "didn't feel well". On top of that, during this time period anyone that was found at a murder scene was to be checked to see if they had any blood on them; no one in the house was checked for blood stains on them. Police never found the true murder weapon, and the first time going through the house they never took any potential murder weapons.
The next day after the investigation, Lizzie burned a dress she had because she claimed it had been ruined by being stained with paint. No one fully remembered what Lizzie was wearing the day of the murders, so that "paint" stain on the dress could have been something much more contributing to figuring out who killed Mr. and Mrs. Borden. However, Lizzie was sent to a hearing on August 8, where she answered a series of questions. At the time, Lizzie was prescribed morphine to help calm her nerves, so it was believed that it could have affected her testimony. Not to mention the district attorney questioning Lizzie was very aggressive and very demanding, which also helped in affecting her testimony. Throughout the questioning, Lizzie kept refusing to answer a lot of questions, especially ones that were to her benefit. Then, on August 11, Lizzie was arrested for the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden.
The Grand Jury began hearing the evidence for the trial on November 7. On December 2, Lizzie was accused of murder. During this time period, the penalty for being found guilty of murder was the death sentence.
On June 5, 1893, Lizzie's trial took place. During her trial, her parents skulls were brought out as evidence and Lizzie fainted. Part of the reason the skulls were brought out as evidence was to see how Lizzie would react to seeing them. Anyways, the trial continued on and on June 20, Lizzie Borden was found not guilty. (Fun fact: this trial was used for comparison of later trials, one of the trials being O.J. Simpson.) After the trials, no one else was looked into for the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. There are a few speculations of people in or close to the family having committed the murders, but Lizzie has the most evidence towards her having done it. Many still believe that Lizzie is at fault, but unfortunately, we never will truly know who is at fault...
*Work Cited: Wikipedia contributors. "Lizzie Borden." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 Apr. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.