Lizzie Andrew Borden was an American who
allegedly murdered her father and stepmother
and earned a permanent place in American
folklore thanks to the following children's
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.
In point of fact, Andrew and Abby Borden had
significantly fewer than the aforementioned
40 and 41 wounds. The macabre little ditty
also misstates the relationship between
Lizzie Borden and her stepmother.
Following a trial that garnered a tremendous
amount of national publicity, she was found
not guilty of the brutal murders.
The verdict aside, Lizzie's unsuccessful
attempt to purchase poison from the local
drug store just days before the murders,
and her burning of a dress stained with
"paint" days after, led to the popular
public perception that she was, in fact,
Over the years, the sensational killings
spawned countless books, news articles and
a speculative account of the case told in
the 1975 Elizabeth Montgomery television
movie, The Legend of Lizzie Borden.
Biographical fast facts
Date and place of birth: July 19, 1860*,
at 12 Ferry Street, Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Date, place and cause of death: June 1, 1927,
at 306 French Street (formerly 7 French St.), Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
(Heart failure / Complications from gall bladder surgery)
Father: Andrew Jackson Borden (a banker)
Mother: Sarah Morse
Burial location: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* 9:46 a.m. has been reported as her time of birth,
but the validity of this claim is highly suspect.
NOTE: Some sources have erroneously reported she
died at "Truesdale Hospital." While it's true
she did spend time there for her gall bladder
surgery, by the time of her death, she had been
released and died at her home on French Street,
in Fall River, Massachusetts.
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