Lizzie Borden VS. Thomas Moody
Project by Jessica Johnson and Lauren Scoville
The Borden Family
Mr. Borden arrived home about 10:45 am on the morning of August 4th. His body was discovered on the sofa in the sitting room and reported by Lizzie at 11:10 am. According to the autopsy, he had received 10 blows to the face with a hatchet.
The Borden House
Abby Borden was murdered in the guest room between 9 & 9:30 am. Her body was discovered by Bridget Sullivan and the Borden's neighbor Adelaide Churchill. The autopsy report showed that Abby was killed at least 90 minutes before her husband.
Lizzie Borden Rhyme
And gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
“The Borden household may have been the most elaborately secured domicile in town. The front door was triple locked, and family members elaborately locked and unlocked their bedrooms and bureaus throughout the day.”
Trial and Witnesses
Verdict: Lizzie was not guilty for the murder of her father and stepmother because they believed no women could commit that great of a crime, especially in the eleven minute time frame between Mr. Borden's death and Bridget coming downstairs. She wouldn't have been able to hide the murder weapon, clean up the blood, and change clothes. Also, they believed no woman would ever be capable to commit murder.
Bridget Sullivan: Lizzie was the only one seen in the house at the time of the murder.
Alice Russel: She received a visit from Lizzie the night before the murder. Lizzie mentioned that she was going on a vacation soon and she felt that something was hanging over her head.
Adelaide Churchill: Saw Lizzie burning the dress she was wearing the day of the murder because Lizzie claimed it had red paint on it.