Monday, 12 March 2007


One unsolved crime is the murder of Andrew Borden and his second wife Abby at Fall River, Massachusetts in August 1892. Suffering a frenzied axe attack in their home, their daughter Lizzie, 32, called out to maid, Bridget Sullivan, ‘come down, quick, father's dead.’
He lay dead in a downstairs room. His wife was found upstairs. A frugal, if wealthy family, several members were suspected, Lizzie being arrested, but found innocent. She claimed to be in a barn at the time of the murders. However, she became immortalised in the ditty: ‘Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks When she saw what she had done She gave her father 41.’

(c) Anthony North, Feb 2007

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