Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Lizzie Borden was born in 1860 in the northeast United States with her father and stepmother. Pining to live a privileged and wealthy life, Lizzie was sorely disappointed in her own lifestyle which was far from her aspirations. A possible kleptomaniac, Lizzie stole trinkets and jewelry from local stores to make up for her destitute home life. In August 1892, Lizzie Borden was home alone with her maid. That early afternoon, Lizzie's father came home complaining of a severe headache. He laid down on the love seat and dozed off before being struck in the head with a hatchet eleven times. Such rage was imparted, that Lizzie's father's eye was split in half. Upstairs was the corpse of Lizzie's stepmother, hacked to death 19 times with the same hatchet. It has been stated that two blows would have killed the Borden parents, but the murderer could not be satisfied without slamming the hatchet down at least a dozen times.Lizzie's innocence was compromised by the fact that she burned her dress which would have been soaked in blood and the hatchet was hidden in the basement with the handle broken off in an effort to disguise the blood that would not wash off. It has been suggested that Lizzie may have suffered from a pre-menstral syndrome called petit mal, which would cause her to act in a dreamlike state unknowingly murdering her parents. Lizzie was acquitted in her trial, although the public and media still accuse her of the murders to this day.