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Lizzie Andrew Borden (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927)
was an American woman who was tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders
of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts.
The case was a cause célèbre throughout the United States.
Following her release from the prison in which she had been held during the trial,
Borden chose to remain a resident of Fall River, Massachusetts, for the rest of her life,
despite facing significant ostracism. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts elected to
charge no one else with the murder of Andrew and Abby Borden;
speculation about the crimes still continues more than 100 years later.
The case was memorialized in a popular skipping-rope rhyme
sung to the tune of the then-popular song Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay.
- Lizzie Borden took an axe
- And gave her mother forty whacks.
- When she saw what she had done,
- She gave her father forty-one.
Folklore says that the rhyme was made up by an anonymous writer as a tune to sell newspapers.
Others attribute it to the ubiquitous, but anonymous, "Mother Goose".
In reality, Lizzie's stepmother suffered 18 or 19 blows; her father suffered 11 blows.