(Photo: Elizabeth Montgomery in The Legend of Lizzie Borden, 1975)
This was a momentous weekend in Lizzie Borden history.
Lizzie Borden was arrested on August 11, 1892, following a three-day inquest regarding the murders of her father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby Durfee Borden.
On August 12, Lizzie entered a plea of "Not Guilty" and was sent to the jail in Taunton, eight miles from Fall River, Mass.
Here's a little glimpse at Lizzie's arrest leading up to her being put in jail from my upcoming book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter: (The pre-order will be up soon!)
“Liz, I will be there for you, every step of the way,” Emma assured her, taking Lizzie’s hand in hers. “Don’t worry, if…” She paused and continued, her voice breaking, “if the trial is set, know you have to but look up and see me sitting there. None of us will let you go through this alone.”Lizzie nodded and embraced Emma, words still failing her as she nervously picked up her reticule and checked that her hair was in place. After all, what could she really say?A clatter downstairs told her they had arrived. Marshal Rufus B. Hilliard’s sonorous voice floated to where she stood waiting in the upper hall.“I am here for Miss Lizzie Borden,” he called out. “Miss Borden, please come downstairs.”Lizzie walked down the stairs, head held high, and stopped at the bottom of the steps where John and her attorney, Mr. Andrew Jennings, quickly moved to her side.Her voice strong and sure, she stated, “I am Lizzie Borden.”