Lizzie Borden: 1892's Unsolved Axe Murder Mystery Case

By | August 2, 2020

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The infamous home where Andrew and Abby Borden were killed. (Public domain)

We probably all remember the morbid schoolyard ditty about Lizzie Borden, in which we learned that she gave her parents 40–41 whacks with an ax. Officially, however, she was acquitted of the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. The grisly crime remains unsolved to this day.

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Who Was Lizzie Borden?

Lizzie Borden was born the second daughter of Andrew and Sarah Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1860. When Lizzie was still very young, her mother died, but Andrew Borden was a prominent businessman and real estate developer with the means to hire servants to care for his children. Still, several years later, Andrew remarried Abby Durfee Gray.