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Lizzie Borden. Lizzie Borden took an ax And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. Lizzie’s Father. Andrew Borden 1822-1892.

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Lizzie borden

Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden took an ax

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

Lizzie s father
Lizzie’s Father

  • Andrew Borden

  • 1822-1892

He was 70 years old when he died. He was a miser and a slumlord. His miserly reputation dated back to his undertaking days when, it was whispered, he bought abbreviated coffins at abbreviated prices and chopped off the feet off the corpses to assure a good fit.

Abby borden 1828 1892
Abby Borden1828-1892

Andrew’s second wife; Lizzie’s stepmother. A friendless, grossly overweight frump whom Andrew had married when Lizzie was four and her older sister, Emma, was fourteen.

Emma borden 1849 1927
Emma Borden1849-1927

Emma was forty-two when her parents were killed. She was timid, straight-laced, and extremely single.

Bridget sullivan
Bridget Sullivan

An Irish maid, who in 1892 was in her third year of service with the Bordens.

John morse
John Morse

Uncle John was the brother of Andrew’s first wife. He had arrived on very short notice the day before the murders and had spent the night in the Borden home.

Lizzie borden 1860 1927
Lizzie Borden1860 - 1927

Lizzie was much more outgoing than her sister. She was very active in church and charitable organizations, and had made the grand tour of Europe with a circle of spinsters who called themselves “the girls”.

Victim s bodies
Victim’s Bodies

Andrew Borden

Abby Borden

Skull of andrew borden
Skull of Andrew Borden

Andrew’s face had been cut by eleven blows. One eye had been cut in half and was protruding from his face; his nose had been severed.

Possible murder weapon
Possible Murder Weapon

Hatchet’s handle had been recently broken. Hatchet was also covered in ashes.

Fall river district attorney hosea m knowlton
Fall River District Attorney Hosea M. Knowlton

Hosea Knowlton was a reluctant prosecutor, forced into the role by the politically timid Arthur Pillsbury, Attorney General of Massachusetts. As Lizzie’s trial date approached, Pillsbury felt the pressure building from Lizzie’s supporters, particularly women’s groups and religious organizations.

The trial
The Trial

New Bedford


The Borden Jury

Assistant district attorney william moody
Assistant District Attorney William Moody

William Moody made the opening statement for the prosecution. He presented three arguments:

Lizzie was predisposed to murder her parents and she planned the murders.

Lizzie did in fact commit the murders.

Lizzie’s behavior and contradictory testimony was not consistent with innocence.

Defense team
Defense Team

Andrew J. Jennings

Melvin Adams

Lizzie died on june 1 1927
Lizzie died on June 1, 1927

Five weeks after the trial, Lizzie and Emma purchased a large Victorian house on French Street, located on “The Hill”, the fashionable area of Fall River. It was at this time that Lizzie began to refer to herself as “Lizbeth”. She died at the age of 67 from complications following gall bladder surgery. Nine days later, Emma died when she fell down the back stairs of her home in Newmarket, NH.

Floor plans
Floor Plans

Ground Floor

Second Floor