Courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine

232: Lizzie Borden

More Famous for the Children's Rhyme Lizzie Borden took an axe…Than Anything Else

Born: 19 July 1860, Fall River, Massachusetts, United States of America

Died: 1 June 1927, Fall River, Massachusetts, United States of America

Lizzie was alleged to have murdered her father and stepmother with an ax but was tried and acquitted of the charges.

Lizzie was suspected because she was often at odds with her father over finances, had tried to purchase poison in the days before the murders, and had supposedly burned a dress in the stove soon after.

Lizzie continued to live in town until her death despite being ostracized by the community who thought she was guilty.

The house where her father and stepmother were murdered is now a bed and breakfast.

An episode of the Travel Channel paranormal show Dead Files was filmed in the Lizzie Borden House. Amy Adams (the Psychic Medium featured on the show) saw Lizzie, her sister, and her father all still trapped in the home.

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Located In My Personal Library:

Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes by Michael Newton

Outlaw Women: America's Most Notorious Daughters, Wives, and Mothers by Robert Barr Smith

Who Knew? Women in History: Questions That Will Make You Think Again by Sarah Herman

Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? by Tod Benoit