New Artifacts Surface in Lizzie Borden case
The Lizzie Borden case was one of more infamous murder cases in Massachusetts history. The unsolved murders of Lizzie Borden’s father Andrew J. Borden and step mother Abby Borden have intrigued true crime buffs and paranormal enthusiasts alike. Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the gruesome ax murders, but that did little to sway public opinion of her and even inspired the verse that all of us as children have heard on the playground:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
And when she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
The double ax murder occurred at 92 Second Street in Fall River. The Lizzie Borden house is now a bed and breakfast that boasts of paranormal experiences for their guests. The Lizzie Borden House is legendary for it’s ghostly tales.
Today, this case finds itself back in the spotlight after with the her attorney Andrew Jackson Jennings handwritten journals, have been discovered and made public. This discovery consists of two journals, which attorney Jennings reportedly stored in a Victorian bathtub along with other key pieces of evidence from the case, including the “handless hatchet.”
Jennings’ grandson, who was in possession of the items, past away last year and left left them to the Fall River Historical Society.
Curator of the historical society, Michael Martins says the journals are very fragile and will not go on display until they can be properly preserved. While it isn’t likely that any of this evidence will provide the conclusive proof one way or the other for modern historians, the journals do show the evidence that was used to acquit her in 1892. These journals also provide insight into her relationship with her father.
“Lizzie Borden cared for her father very deeply,” Mr. Martins said. “There was a tremendous outpouring of grief in the letters, and that’s a new side to the story.”