New Lizzie Borden Evidence Could Blow Up 120-Year-Old Axe Murder Case

lizzie bordenLizzie Borden, the scariest librarian in the West! Have you heard of her? Back in 1892, she was tried for the murder of her own dear parents -- apparently by hatchet! It was a grisly murder and Lizzie became the O.J. Simpson of her day. And just like Juice, she was eventually acquitted of the murders. No one else was charged.

But the legend of Lizzie Borden, alleged ax murderer, lived on. Her neighbors shunned her and children would chant this skipping-rope rhyme:

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

(It was actually just 18 and 11 whacks, respectively.) And now, after 120 years, new evidence has surfaced! Could it solve the mystery of what really happened to Andrew and Abby Borden?

The Bordens' lawyer, Andrew Jackson Jennings, kept the evidence from the trial in his possession: The supposed murder weapon, among other things. But it turns out he also kept handwritten journals, and these have just been given to the Fall River Historical Society. They are being transcribed, and they reveal details never mentioned in the trial!

In one of the journals, Jennings kept notes from interviews he conducted for the trial. Before, Lizzie Borden's father had been painted as a cold miser. But according to witness statements in the journals, it appears Andrew Borden doted on his daughters and wanted the best for them.

We'll have to wait for the journals to get transcribed and published by the Historical Society before we learn more. If you can believe it, Jennings only got an hour in court to defend Lizzie. The prosecution got more than a week! So there must be far more to this story than we know now. Did Jennings himself believe Lizzie was innocent? And if so, did he suspect anyone else of the murder? Perhaps we'll find out!

Have you heard of Lizzie Borden? Are you curious to hear more details about the case?


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This story has always intrigued me. What a story. It's so neat that someone is reading those journals and kudos the the lawyer for hanging on to them.

bills... billsfan1104

I would love to see this. Along with Jafe, this story intrigued me. I remember watching a ghost hunters story where they kept egging her ghost on to show herself. She was getting pissed. They should of left her alone

dirti... dirtiekittie

i find it fascinating that the attorney stored them in a victorian bathtub. interesting! hmm. i've always had an interest in this case, because it was just so... bizarre! the trial was insane, and Lizzie Borden was shunned and ostracized for something she may not have done. (we may never know.)

i hope they are able to translate the journals, but when i originally read it, i believe they'd said that some pages may not be salvageable, because they hadn't been preserved well enough (see previous statement about the bathtub - lol).

Bendana Bendana

An oldie but goodie, always thought there was much more to the story. 

TheWo... TheWoman_76

I do wonder if she really did it or was a scapgoat.

vamom08 vamom08

I had to write a paper on her when I was in middle school I felt like it was always more to this story.


What difference does that make PRIMA? It's a good discussion. Why try and ruin it? Why do people do that?If you don't like the post, don't read it or comment on it. You just read that it interested all of us and you have to try and wreck it for us. I'm sorry someone pissed in your corn flakes this morning but it wasn't any one of us.

Lokis... LokisMama


small... smallfryes

I can't wait to see what develops from this.  I remember being fascinated with crime stories from the past at a very early age when I discovered my older sister's copy of the world almanac.

Couldn't. Put. It. Down.

froggy80 froggy80

Scariest Librarian in the West? You can't get more EAST than SouthEastern Massachusetts.

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