June is a big month in terms of important dates relating to accused and acquitted axe murderess Lizzie Borden. I'm going to be doing some posts to mark the anniversaries of her death and the murders.
If you aren't familiar with the real-life crime, 32-year-old spinster, youngest daughter and Sunday School teacher Lizzie Borden was charged with the brutal August 4, 1892 hatchet (axe) slayings of her father, Andrew Borden, and stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden. She was acquitted of the crimes on June 20, 1893. (I'll discuss the discrepancies between axe and hatchet in a later post.)
The original murder house is now the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum at 230 2nd Street, Fall River, Mass. Lizzie continued to live in Fall River in the home she and her sister Emma bought after the trial ended and until her death in 1927 . That home, which Lizzie named Maplecroft, is also expected to open next month as a new B&B by the same owners of the original home. See some photos here.
The first book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, is framed around the trial and includes actual newspaper excerpts, and quotes from inquest and trial records. The book has an alternate-history twist as my premise is: what if Lizzie committed the crimes for a reason? What if her father and stepmother had become... zombies? (See website for details on both books.)
Lizzie Borden Dates in June:
June 1, 1927 - Lizzie Borden dies.
June 5, 1893 - Trial begins at New Bedford.
June 10, 1927 - Emma Borden dies.
June 20, 1893 - Lizzie Borden found “Not Guilty.”