Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Lizzie Borden took and axe....

On this day, in 1892, Lizzie Borden's parents were found dead in their Fall River, Massachusetts residence. Even though fingerprint testing was already becoming commonplace in Europe, the local authorities didn't belive in it's accuracy and declined to test the hachel (found in the Borden's basement) for fingerprints.

After 90 minutes of jury deliberation, Lizzie was found innocent. This indicated the jury didn't follow the prosecution's attempt to prove Lizzie had burned a dress simular to the one she was wearing on the day of the murder and the fact she purchased a small axe the day before.

Even though she was found innocent, the media continued to portray Lizzie as the perpetrator. To this day, she is still remembered because of this infamous rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whals;
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
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