The 1893 murder trial of Lizzie Borden was a media sensation dubbed the trial of the century by journalists covering the details of the brutal deaths of her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby. The murders inspired a famous nursery rhyme that continues to haunt Lizzie long after she is acquitted, as she struggles to make a living for herself in a world in which many people talk about her crime Used to be confident.
The Borden householder was a bother
Many spinners believed Lizzie, 32, lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, with her father Andrew, a wealthy property developer, and Andrew’s second wife, whom he married after Lizzie’s mother died. Her relationships with her stepmother were strained, and friends and relatives noted increased tension within the family in the months before the murders.
Despite Andrew’s financial success, the family lived in a frugal lifestyle (their home lacked electricity and an indoor plumbing), and Lizzie, fond of fine clothes and longing for travel, often found her father’s penny-pinch.
Chased against, noting that a number of Bourdain relatives lived in the more socially prominent Gir River neighborhood known as “Hill”, the wealthy Bourdain became a popular Individuals were not, and had personal and professional disputes with many of them, any of which, Lizzie later claimed, could have occurred. A motive to kill him.
Lizzie did herself no favor during the investigation
On the morning of August 4, 1892, the lifeless bodies of Andrew and Abby were found in their home. Lizzie, Andrew, Abby and Borden’s Irish maid Bridget, were the only occupants in the house at the time of the murder. Andrew was taking a nap on a couch; Abby was cleaning the upstairs bedroom; Bridget, feeling unwell, was resting in her room.
Around 11:30, Bridget said she heard screams, and ran downstairs, where she found Lizzie screaming that Andrew had been killed. He was so viciously attacked that his face was almost unrecognizable. Bridget and a family friend soon find Abby’s body upstairs.
While his wounds were brutal, neither 40 and 41 received “shocks”, described in nursery rhyme. Andrew was killed 11 times and Abby received 18 or 19 lashes.
Despite Lizzie’s attempts to reduce suspicion, she soon became the prime suspect. Lizzie told the police that she was in the barn when she heard the noise from the house. But her conflicting testimony during the investigation led many to suspect her claims of innocence, and she was arrested for double murder.
His trial lasted two weeks, but the jury delivered a quick verdict
After nearly a year in prison, Lizzie’s trial began in June 1893 in New Bedford Superior Court. He hired a talented defense team, including the former governor of Massachusetts. During the trial, they ran into the prosecution case. In an era before more sophisticated forensic testing, the defense noted a lack of physical evidence linking Lizzie to the murders.
He also played a gender card, arguing an all-male jury (at that time women were not allowed to sit in the jury) did not enable Lizzie, an eminent churchgoer of the church, to commit such heinous acts. Lizzie may have helped matters in this regard when she fainted in court when Abby’s plaster cast and Andrew’s butcher skull were presented as evidence.
The prosecution, meanwhile, calls several people close to Lizzie to testify about her unusual behavior in the weeks before the murder, including an unsuccessful attempt to burn Prussian acid and Lizzie’s clothes immediately after the murder , Which he claimed because it was stained with paint.
He offered a handcuff with a broken handle as a possible weapon of murder. He tried to establish a motive, pointing out the difficult relationship between Lizzie and her parents, and seeing that Lizzie was in the queue to get a share of Andrew’s fortune, from $ 8 million in today’s money Estimate more.
Lizzie did not take a stand in her defense. The jury adjourned and returned an hour later (there were later reports that he had stated deliberately for just 10 minutes). He finds that he has not been found guilty in all the cases, as Lizzie sits on the relief chair.
Lizzie fell in the river after the trial
Lizzie and her older sister Emma, briefly returned home, but soon bought a 14-room, Queen-Anne-style home on The Hill, which they named Maplecroft. Now wealthy sisters lived life Lizzie had always dreamed, with a large staff of servants and all the modern conveniences of the day. He also built a grand monument, which he placed on the site of the graves of Andrew and Abby.