Sunday, January 31, 2010

Did Lizzie Do it?

A Gaslight Poll:
Did Lizzie Borden Kill Her Father and Stepmother?
Well over 100 years after the fact, this murder is still news. Did Lizzie Borden get away with murder, or did someone else? No one knows for sure, but everyone has an opinion. Express your opinion by voting in the box to the right.  Click here for a list of alternative suspects.

Poll Results:
Did Lizzie Borden Kill Her Father and Stepmother?

     Yes - 73%
     No - 27%

It’s official, Murder by Gaslight visitors, by an overwhelming majority, believe that Lizzie Borden got away with murder.

Alternative Suspects

Over the years quite a few people have been suspected of killing Andrew and Abby Borden, here is an incomplete list:
  • Lizzie Borden - The accused - Had means, motive and opportunity; but there was reasonable doubt.
  • Emma Borden - Lizzie's older sister - Had the same motives, but a better alibi.
  • Bridget Sullivan - The maid - Was she driven mad by having to wash windows on such a hot day while recovering from food poisoning?
  • John V. Morse - Lizzie's uncle - Happened to be visiting at the time, making deals with Andrew.
  • William S. Borden - Illegitimate half-brother - Enraged by his father's refusal to meet his demands for money?
  • Dr. Seabury Bowen – Lived across the street Behaved suspiciously that day. Could have carried the hatchet in his medical kit.
  • David AnthonyAllegedly wanted to marry Lizzie – In1985 by a Maine woman who was born 9 years after the murder, made headlines with this story.
Case smumary: Lizzie Borden took an axe... Or Did She?
Detail: Lizzie Borden: Warps and Wefts
            Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum and Library


Randa says:
March 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

My family is related to Lizzie Borden, and although its not proven, the family belief has always been that William Borden committed the murders. My Father also traveled to Fall River a long time ago and people from the area had said that the local belief was that William was the murderer.

Robert Wilhelm says:
March 5, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Hi Randa, welcome aboard!

Arnold R. Brown's book, _Lizzie Borden: The Legend, The Truth, the Final Chapter_ proposes the theory that William Borden was the killer. Brown allegedly got the story from someone who knew William, and claims that the Fall River city government deliberately covered up the truth.

I haven’t read it yet, but it is supposed to be an interesting book.

Unknown says:
August 11, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I have long had a a hunch that both Emma and Bridget Sullivan had a role in the murders.

I am interested in recent conjecture suggesting that Andrew Borden's eyes were the primary locus of the axe blows... Modern murder scholars say this kind of attack happens when the victim has been sexually abusing the murderer... or acting as lewd voyeur.

Robert Wilhelm says:
August 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

That is interesting. Do you have a source for the information that the blows were to the eyes?

Anonymous says:
September 1, 2012 at 2:12 AM

I think the Dr was involved. I've not yet found anyone else two thinks this. But I read one place that insinuated they were "close". Then the fact that he tried to divert attention from the bucket with bloody towels, and was In her room with the door shut later that night alone with her. And he was the first person she asked for yet he was "not home" but showed up minutes later. Just seems odd. I think she killed step mom, and he killed her dad. And I think the dad may have molested the kids. Thus causing the hate.

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