What Is The Significance Of Lizzie Borden's Investigation

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Lizzie Borden was born on July 19, 1860, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden along with her sister, Emma, lived with their father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby Borden, throughout adulthood. On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden was murdered in their home. Lizzie was arrested and tried for the axe murders. She was discharged in 1893 and lived on in Fall River until she died, on June 1, 1927.

The horrific crime created a trial that became a marker in the publication of American crime and in the evolvement of the American mass media. Borden's potential involvement in the murders was one of the first famous cases investigated with the aid of modern forensic methods, and the trial brought the perception of the expert …show more content…

A greater extent of the suspicion turned toward Lizzie, because her older sister, Emma, was not home at the time of the murders. Investigators found it weird that Lizzie knew very little of her mother's location after 9 A.M. when, according to Lizzie, she had gone "upstairs to put shams on the pillows." They also found questionable her story that, at the time in which Andrew Borden was killed in the living room, Lizzie was in the backyard barn "looking for irons" for a forthcoming fishing excursion. The barn loft place showed no footprints on the dirty floor and the suffocating heat in the loft appeared likely to intimidate anyone from spending a few minutes searching for equipment that would not be used for days. Theories about a tall male invader were reconsidered, and one "leading physician" inferred that "hacking is almost a positive sign of a deed by a woman who is unconscious of what she is …show more content…

Only Lizzie had a satisfying shot to commit the murders. During the time of her mother's murder (around 9:30 A.M.), family guest John Morse was visiting relatives, sister Emma was not in town, Andrew Borden was taking care of errands throughout town, and maid Bridget Sullivan was outside washing windows. Only Lizzie was known to be in the house at the time of Abby Borden's murder. To commit both murders (Andrew Borden was killed about 11 A.M.), an outside criminal would have either have to hide in the house for an hour and a half or leave and then come back without being seen. Moreover, shortly after the discovery of her parents' bodies, Lizzie sent many people who came to help to take care of various errands. It seems unusual that a woman would choose to wait alone in a house if she thought a murderer still might be in the neighborhood on the loose. Furthermore, On the night before the murders, Lizzie went to visit Alice Russell ( a neighbor), and told her that she was worried that some unknown enemy of her father's might try to kill him soon. As a result, this convinced me to believe that Lizzie Borden was the only possible culprit for the murders of her

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