Have you ever heard the jump rope song “Lizzie Borden?” It goes, “Lizzie Borden took and axe, and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” Well, Lizzie is back in the news. Lawyers notes have been found in the famous murder case from 1892. What light will it shed on the case?
Back in 1892, Abby and Andrew Borden were found hacked to death in their home. The suspect? Andrew’s daughter Lizzie, who spoke about burning the dress she wore that day because of the paint she got on it. A hatchet missing it’s wooden handle was found as well.
A few days before, Lizzie tried to buy cyanide at the pharmacy to “clean a seal skin cloak.” There were some issues with who Andrew was going to leave his money to. He had new children from wife Abby and planned on leaving a lot to them. Lizzie who was a Sunday school teacher was acquitted in an hour, and no other suspects were ever accused.
Now notes belonging to her lawyer have been uncovered, according to Boston.com. They were obtained by the Fall River Historical Society in Massachusetts and belonged to the Borden family attorney, Andrew Jackson Jennings (who did not serve as the attorney on the case). His grandson died last year and left the society the documents as well as the handless hatchet” and bloodstained pillow shams.
“It’s all new material, completely unpublished,” curator Michael Martins tells the Boston Globe. “It’s the only file Jennings retained, and it’s the first idea we have about how the defense went about building its case.” One of the things the notes reveal is that unlike the rumors about the miserly, cold Andrew Borden, he actually enjoyed letters from his daughters. “It’s clear from what these people said that Andrew Borden was
apparently quite concerned about his daughters’ well-being, and he often
referred to them as his girls,” Martins said. “We know now that he was
not a gentleman who deprived his daughters of much.”
The society plans to publish the journals.