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Lizzie Andrew Borden July 19 1860-June 1 1927 It is best described by the closing arguments for Lizzie Bordens defense made by her attorney George D Robinson The Lizzie Borden case has mystified and fascinated those interested in crime forover on hundred years Very few cases in American history have attracted as much attention as the hatchet murders of Andrew J Borden and his wife Abby Borden The bloodiness of the acts in an otherwise respectable late nineteenth century domestic setting is startling Along with the gruesome nature of the crimes is the unexpected character of the accused not a hatchet-wielding maniac but a church-going Sunday-school-teaching respectable spinster- daughter charged with parricide the murder of parents a crime worthy of Classical Greek tragedy This is a murder case in which the accused is found not guilty for the violent and bloody murders of two people There were the unusual circumstances considering that it was an era of swift justice of vast newspaper coverage evidence that was almost entirely circumstantial passionately divided public opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the accused incompetent prosecution and acquittal Not much is described of Lizzie Andrew Bordens childhood On March 1 1851 Emma Lenora Borden was born to Andrew and Sarah Borden and on July 19 1860 Lizzie had arrived While Lizzie was at the young age of two Sarah died of uterine congestion In 1865 Andrew Borden wed Abby Durfee-a short shy obese woman who had been a spinster until the age of 36 Abbys family were not as well off as the Bordens Lizzie suffered from psychomotor epilepsy a strange seizure of the temporal lobe that has one distinct symptom a black-out in which the patients carry out their actions in a dream state aware of every action without knowing what they are doing Lizzie Borden seemed to have two entirely different personalities the good daughter a member of the Congressional Church and a
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