Special Sub-Topic: Lizzie Borden
|In what state did Lizzie Borden live with her family when the murders took place?|
Massachusetts. The Bordens came from Fall River, Massachusetts and the street address was 92 Second Street.
|Andrew Borden was killed before his wife.|
f. Abby Borden was killed first in the upstairs guestroom of their house. Andrew Borden was taking a nap when he was killed with the same weapon that had earlier taken the life of his wife.
|How many blows to the head did Abby Borden suffer?|
15. Abby Borden received fifteen blows to the head and thirteen of them broke her skull. Andrew Borden suffered nineteen blows and four of them broke his skull.
|What is the date of the murders?|
August 4, 1892. The murders took place on a Thursday, August 4, 1892, at approximately 11:00 AM.
|Who was the Irish servant who was also in the house when Lizzie discovered the bodies?|
Bridget. Bridget Sullivan was an Irish maid who worked in the Borden's household. She was 26 years old at the time of the murders and had worked in the household since 1889.
|In the playground verse about Lizzie Borden, how many whacks did she give her mother? "Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother ____ whacks. And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father ____ one."|
forty & 40. Although Lizzie Borden was found not guilty of the murder of her parents, her name will be forever linked in the schoolground rhyme.
|How many counts of murder was Lizzie Borden charged with?|
three. Strangely enough, Lizzie Borden was charged with one murder of Andrew Borden, one murder of Abby Borden, and a murder charge for both of them, totaling three charges of murder.
|What is the name of the neighbor who came over to help Lizzie when she heard a commotion? She also found the body of Abby along with the hired girl.|
Churchill. Miss Churchill lived to the north of the Borden house and called to Lizzie to ask if anything was wrong when she noticed the commotion. When she heard of the murder of Andrew, she sent her handyman to find a doctor and summon for help.
|What was the name of the uncle who arrived as a houseguest of the Borden's at the same time of the murders?|
John Morse. Uncle John Morse arrived on August 3 without luggage, claiming he wanted to visit across town with relatives the next day. Both he and Lizzie testified that they did not see each other before the murders, although they were aware of each other's presence in the house.
|When did the trial begin?|
June 5, 1893. The trial lasted for fourteen days, from June 5 to June 20, 1893. The defense case only took up two days of the trial.
|What is the nickname that the Borden sisters called the hired girl?|
Maggie. The Borden sisters took to calling Bridget by the nickname "Maggie."
|Whose body was discovered first?|
Andrew Borden. Lizzie found her father when she returned to the house. She claimed to have been out in the barn looking for wire to go fishing with later. The police checked out the barn and do not believe that she was there- there was dust everywhere and it did not look disturbed by footprints.
|What did family friend Miss Russel testify to seeing Lizzie burn a few days after the murder?|
dress. Miss Russel saw Lizzie burning her dress and advised her not to let anyone see her. Lizzie insisted she had gotten paint on the dress and it was useless.
|Who was the family physician that quickly arrived on the scene of the murders?|
Dr. Bowen. Dr. Bowen was not home when Bridget first went to fetch him, but he quickly appeared on the scene.
|A drugstore clerk claimed that Lizzie came into her store attempting to buy poison the morning of the murders. What was it?|
prussic acid & hydrocyanic acid. Eli Bence, a clerk at Smith's Drug Store, claimed that Lizzie tried to buy ten cents worth of prussic acid on August 3, but he refused to sell it to her without a prescription. On the same morning, Abby Borden went to Dr. Bowen and claimed that she and Andrew were being poisoned. Andrew denied being sick and there was no evidence of poisoning found in the autopsies.
|Andrew's skull was not buried in his casket.|
true. The skulls were taken for a second autopsy, and the bodies were removed and defleshed. Andrew's skull was never returned to his coffin.
|What name did Lizzie adopt for herself after the trial?|
Lizbeth. Lizzie Borden found herself an outcast after the trial was over and started calling herself Lizbeth.
|What weapon was used in the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden?|
hatchet. Three hatchets were found in the Borden's house and one had dried cow's blood and hair on it.
|What other crime was Lizzie Borden suspected of AFTER she was found not guilty of the murder of her parents?|
theft. Lizzie was charged with stealing two paintings from the Tilden-Thurber store in Fall River in 1897. They were valued at less than $100 and the matter was taken care of privately.
|What is the name of the home that Lizzie and Emma Borden moved into together once Lizzie was released from custody?|
Maplecroft. Lizzie and Emma bought a thirteen-room Victorian house on French Street five weeks after the trial. It was located on "The Hill," which was a fashionable area, and Lizzie had the name Maplecroft carved into the top stone step leading to the front door.
|Who is the actress that Lizzie became inseparable with in 1904?|
Nance O'Neil. The two met in 1904 and became very good friends. Lizzie once threw a lavish party at Maplecroft for Nance and her theater friends, and it is believed that Emma was very offended by the relationship.
|Who was Lizzie's principal attorney during the trial?|
George Robinson. George Robinson and Andrew Jennings defended Lizzie Borden. Robinson was the former Governor of Massachusetts.
|When did Lizzie Borden die?|
June 1, 1927. Lizzie was 67 years old when she died of complications following a gall bladder surgery.
|Her sister Emma died nine days later. How did she die?|
fell down stairs in her house. Emma fell down the back stairs of her house in Newmarket nine days after her sister passed away. They were buried together in the family plot.
|To whom did Lizzie Borden leave her estate to?|
animal care organizations. Lizzie left her estate to animal care organizations and Emma left her estate to humanitarian organizations in Fall River.
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