One would think that crimes with such a "gruesome nature" would be committed by "a hatchet-wielding maniac" as put by Russell Aiuto (1). But rather, the suspect was that of "a church-going, Sunday-school-teaching, respectable, spinster-daughter"(Aiuto 1). The young woman, Lizzie Borden, was charged with the killing of her father and stepmother, "a crime worthy of Classical Greek tragedy" (Aiuto 1). Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to research the life and trial of Lizzie Borden in order to determine if she was innocent or guilty of parricide, the murder of one's parents.
It was on the 19th of July, 1860, that in Fall River, Massachusetts Lizzie Borden was born (Radin 268). She grew up there alongside her father, Andrew Borden. He was a very prosperous man, starting out as the town's undertaker and ending up investing his profits into the textile industry. When Lizzie made it in to her teens, Mr. Borden was worth $500,000 (Paton 432). Being as prosperous as he was, he only had to places to spend his money: his two daughters, Lizzie and her older sister Emma (Paton 432).
Andrew Borden also had a wife, Abby Borden. She was the stepmother of Lizzie and Emma and a hated one at that. Whenever Lizzie and Abby were together in the house, which happened a lot, "the atmosphere was electric" (Paton 433). Abby was called Mrs. Borden, and Lizzie did not eat when Abby was around. Their relationship was so distant, that Lizzie only spoke to her when it was needed (Paton 433).
Lizziefirst despised Abby when Andrew decided to purchase Abby's sister's home and have it in his wife's name. This prevented his sister-in-law from getting evicted, but Lizzie saw it as a chance for Abby to take advantage of Andrew's money (Paton 433).
What most people do not know, is that Lizzie had somewhat of a criminal record before she was charged with the murder. Thefir…

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