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Lizzie Borden: The Inquest Testimony

I have been fascinated by the Lizzie Borden case for quite a long time and I thought you guys might be interested in this.

For those reading this and aren't familiar with this case, here's a little background information:
During the morning of August 4, 1892, Borden's father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, were murdered in the family home. The only other people present at the residence at the time were Lizzie and the family maid, Bridget Sullivan. Emma Borden, Lizzie's sister, was away from home. The Borden sisters' uncle, John Vinnicum Morse, brother of Andrew Borden's first wife, was visiting at the time, but was also away from the house during the time of the murders.

That day, Andrew Borden had gone into town to do his usual rounds at the bank and post office. He returned home at about 10:45 a.m. About a half-hour later, Lizzie Borden found his body. According to Sullivan's testimony, she was lying down in her room on the third floor of the house shortly after 11:00 a.m. when she heard Lizzie call to her, saying someone had killed her father, whose body was found slumped on a couch in the downstairs sitting room. Andrew Borden's face was turned to the right hand side, apparently at ease as if he were asleep.

Shortly thereafter, while Lizzie Borden was being tended by neighbors and the family doctor, Sullivan discovered the body of Mrs. Borden upstairs in the guest bedroom. Mr. and Mrs. Borden had both been killed by blows from a hatchet, which in the case of Andrew Borden, not only crushed his skull but cleanly split his left eyeball.

Lizzie Borden was acquitted but then later found innocent. The following is Lizzie Borden's inquest testimony. It's VERY long but interesting none the less. Notice how inconsistent she is when answering certain questions. I know many hate having to click links on here (as do I), but it's simply too long for me to put on here.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/proj...eninquest.html

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Re: Lizzie Borden: The Inquest Testimony

Very interesting read. I got through about 3/4 of it, skipping some more mundane parts. There were lot's of contradictions. And if you go back to the site's main page there is a link which shows all the reasons why Lizzie was a suspect. I definately believe she did it.

Anyway thanks for the post.

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Very interesting read. I got through about 3/4 of it, skipping some more mundane parts. There were lot's of contradictions. And if you go back to the site's main page there is a link which shows all the reasons why Lizzie was a suspect. I definately believe she did it.

Anyway thanks for the post.
Yea, it's very long. Some of it I skipped through as well. She definitly does contradict herself in many questions. I think she did it too.

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Re: Lizzie Borden: The Inquest Testimony

I used to have a cat named Lizzy Borden
She had a collar with a little hatchet charm on it

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I used to have a cat named Lizzy Borden
She had a collar with a little hatchet charm on it
That's awesome. Cats and Lizzie Borden: two of my favorite things

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Re: Lizzie Borden: The Inquest Testimony

If you go to Fall River, Mass, you can visit the house. They also have a very interesting display at the Fall River Historical Society. You can also see the house that Lizzie moved into after her aquittal. (Maplecroft). And you can visit their graves in the cemetery. They are all buried together.
One interesting fact that came out: Mrs. Borden died FIRST. Mr. Borden died NEXT. This is important because of the inheritance laws. If Mr. Borden died first, then all of his property would have passed to Mrs. Borden, and when she died, to HER family. Since Mr. Borden died LAST, the property went to Lizzy and her sister.
Both Lizzy and her sister despised their stepmother (Mrs. Borden)
My personal opinion is that Lizzy's sister actually committed the murders, to insure that her and Lizzy wound up with an inheritance. Lizzy was pretty flippant about the murders, whereas her sister lived as a recluse for the rest of her life. She and Lizzie had a falling out, and were estranged from each other. Lizzie was kind of a society woman, whereas her sister, as I said, was very reclusive. There was widespread speculation that her sister was the actual murderer, and regretted it. There are a number of very good books on the murders.td

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Re: Lizzie Borden: The Inquest Testimony

Lizzie Borden was acquitted but then later found innocent???

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Re: Lizzie Borden: The Inquest Testimony

Yep, I visited Lizzie's house back in 2001. It was bigger than I thought it would be.
I bought some Lizzie Borden soaps in the gift shop there. I still have them in my bathroom.
:-)
To stand in that house and actually see all the rooms that I have seen in pictures all my life...it was very surreal.
The house had a faint smell of natural gas. And all of the glass door knobs are original.
During the tour, the guide showed us exactly where Lizzie was sitting when they came to arrest her. They showed us all the 'famous' areas of the house and what took place at each spot.
It's worth the trip to go there. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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We drove by Maplecroft, too.

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Re: Lizzie Borden: The Inquest Testimony

Lizzie Borden took an axe, she gave her mother's forty whacks

When she'd seen what she had done, she gave her father forty one

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