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Lizzie Borden took an axe gave her mother 40 wacks and when she saw what she had done she gave her father 41 The popular childrens rhyme may be entertaining and catchy but the fact remains that no one really knows whether or not Lizzie was the grand murderess that killed her father and step mother On August 4th 1892 one of the most said murder mysteries took place in Fall River Massachusetts Now when the evidence is reviewed the facts are not that vague and doubts are melted away Elizabeth Anne Borden suspected of killing her step mother and her birth father was let go due to her class in high society and the fact that she was a female in a time that people could not believe that a lady would do such a monstrous thing The story is as follows On a summer day in Fall River two bodies were discovered Both were brutally struck with the blunt edge of an object which was speculated to be an axe or hatchet Mrs Borden was found slumped over on the floor As opposed to 40 wacks as the song suggests Abbey Borden was struck by 19 blows of an axe or hatchet to the back of her head and neck Toney Dark Rose Cellar On Mr Borden the axe was rained on him 11 times to the face so that his close friend and physician Dr Bowen deemed him unrecognizableToney Dark Rose Cellar When all was investigated and Lizzie as the primary suspect was brought to trial many of the aspects of the trial were shady The Prosecution included Hosea M Knowlton and William H Moody Hosea was forced into the role by the politically timid Arthur Pillsbury Attorney General of MassachusettsRussel Crime Library The Defense included Andrew J Jennings George D Robinson and Melvin O Adams For the most part the defense called witnesses to verify the presence of a mysterious
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