The Most Infamous Unsolved Mysteries in History
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The Lizzie Borden Murders: Part 1On August 4, 1982, a wealthy businessman by the name of Andrew Borden, 66, and his second wife Abby were discoveredbrutally hacked to deathin their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Andrew's youngest daughter, Lizzie, 32, was home when the murders occurred, but she was supposedly in the backyard barn. The only other person home at the time of their death was the Borden's maid, Bridget Sullivan, who claims she was in her third-floor bedroom taking a nap. She awoke when she heard Lizzie calling for help from the first floor. When she ran downstairs, she saw Lizzie overlooking her dead father, who was lying on the couch – his face nearly hacked in two. Lizzie's stepmother was later discovered in a second-floor bedroom, and the police came to the scene. After searching the house, authorities found a hatchet, similar to the one used on Andrew and Abby. Mounting evidence began to point suspicion towards Lizzie, and she was arrested on August 11, 1892. (continued)
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast MuseumFacebookof 12The Lizzie Borden Murders: Part 2A day before the Bordens were brutally axed, Lizzie tried to buy poison. But that's not all. Several days after the murder, Lizzie burned the dress that she had been wearing the day her father and stepmother were murdered. Many of the townsfolk believed Lizzie to be the murderer, but the all-male jury found it difficult to believe that a woman could commit such a heinous crime. It was dubbed"the trial of the century," and she was acquitted in 1893. Lizzie went on to inherit a majority of her late father's vast fortune, and she eventually moved out of the murder house. No one was ever found guilty for the crimes. Curious visitors can now stay at the
and sleep in the very room where Abby was slain, as the residence is now a Bed & Breakfast. The story has been adapted into several films and television projects, including the feature-lengthLizzie, starring Kristen Stewart, and the Lifetime original seriesRead more: ELLE Magazine (US) »
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