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One would think that crimes with such a gruesome nature would be committed by a hatchet-wielding maniac as put by Russell Aiuto 1 But rather the suspect was that of a church-going Sunday-school-teaching respectable spinster-daughterAiuto 1 The young woman Lizzie Borden was charged with the killing of her father and stepmother a crime worthy of Classical Greek tragedy Aiuto 1 Therefore the purpose of this paper is to research the life and trial of Lizzie Borden in order to determine if she was innocent or guilty of parricide the murder of ones parentsIt was on the 19th of July 1860 that in Fall River Massachusetts Lizzie Borden was born Radin 268 She grew up there alongside her father Andrew Borden He was a very prosperous man starting out as the towns undertaker and ending up investing his profits into the textile industry When Lizzie made it in to her teens Mr Borden was worth 500000 Paton 432 Being as prosperous as he was he only had to places to spend his money his two daughters Lizzie and her older sister Emma Paton 432Andrew Borden also had a wife Abby Borden She was the stepmother of Lizzie and Emma and a hated one at that Whenever Lizzie and Abby were together in the house which happened a lot the atmosphere was electric Paton 433 Abby was called Mrs Borden and Lizzie did not eat when Abby was around Their relationship was so distant that Lizzie only spoke to her when it was needed Paton 433Lizzie first despised Abby when Andrew decided to purchase Abbys sisters home and have it in his wifes name This prevented his sister-in-law from getting evicted but Lizzie saw it as a chance for Abby to take advantage of Andrews money Paton 433What most people do not know is that Lizzie had somewhat of a criminal record before she was charged with the murder The first was committed in her own home
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